In short: Beats CD:UK for a Sat morn treat. In full: Changing rooms were locked as park officials didn't turn up on time, leaving us in the cold and rain. Not a good start, but once they got openned up, the rain cleared, leading to a gloriously sunny, green and rolling 10k. Very friendly and welcoming, top marks to marshals for coping with rain, wind and the inevitably curious doggy specators. Already looking forward to the next one. Date of review: April 1, 2006
In short: Consistently well organised and friendly race In full: After a bad experience at last week's Edinburgh half, it was a pleasure to return to a consistently well-organised, friendly and super well-marshalled race. I look forward to the 10 mile race in October. Date of review: April 1, 2006
In short: Organisation a bit shabby, but the thing they need to change is the boring course In full: Dog legged course could sap the will of a steroid overdosed bull. And the fun run which my family did was open to the same criticism. If we wanyed to run round a shopping centre we only live 20 minutes from the Metro-Centre in Gateshead...new course required. It was good for the family to be able to go into Centre for coffee whilst they waited for my return.....
New courses next year please.....with no dog legs Date of review: April 1, 2006
In short: almost no flat In full: Great race, very freindly pack. rolling hills. plenty of water stops. Best bit was the teenages on a park bench 2 meters from a water stop using the cups to mix a vodka and coke and cheering the runners on made me laugh for about two miles. Shame they did not offer me one Date of review: April 1, 2006
In short: Excellent little race In full: I entered this at the last minute, and im really glad i did. Not the most scenic of courses in places, but hey I guess thats daventy. The A roads on the way back into the finish just made the corse quicker in my book. A few good rural hills thrown in the middle made it a excellent local race for a sunday morning. The yellow t-shirt has helped keep me safe on winter nights too! Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Excellant feeling and steady run, back next year In full: My first Half. Wow, not a problem for me. I arrived early to get a parking space in a nearby car park. As a result no probs getting out. Plenty of refreshments on the course. Maybe more mile markers. But, hey I enjoyed it and thats all that matters to me. Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Typical of Edinburgh! In full: I am from Edinburgh and have run in races all over Britain, although it pains me to say it Glasgow is "smiles" better! (to quote an old saying). The Edinburgh public are really rubbish when it comes to supporting runners, in Glasgow people at the side of the road cheer everyone, I had the same experience in Dublin, no matter who you are. Edinburgh folk are just so glum. Why is that? I am from Edinburgh and I'm not glum! Maybe it is because I am a runner and know how important it is to have cheering when you are tired.
Anyway, enough of that, I have read lots of the comments and agree on the whole with them. yes it was a disaster at the end, and yes cips would have been better, but it was not so long ago that we didn't have chips, I remember losing my first one in a huge puddle in the Glasgow Half marathon and thinking what a stupid idea these things were! I suspect the numbers of people just caught the organisers out. I have to say though even in the old days I don't remember such a long wait at the end of a run.
Running for me is about being free and fit and enthusiastic for life, I try to be happy and not grumble, okay the run was a disaster, but the organisers have acknowledged this and I applaud them for that, it was even in the Evening News. Lets give them another chance, I will probably do it again.
As for not getting a t-shirt, I have so many I only ever wear them after the race and then they go in the drawer. I only ever wear the t-shirts that mean lots, like my first marathon, tri-athlon etc. There really is more to running than getting a t-shirt, it is about self-esteem and achievement, well it is for me and I've been running to 20 years.
As long as the organisers learn from mistakes and correct them then it has potential to be a nice run. Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Good scenery necessitating a lot of climbing;my E.Anglian upbringing was sorely tested In full: Although reduced to a walk after half a mile, the downhills sections started to catch up the uphill ones, and you could begin to enjoy the run and the views, especially looking right down on Cheltenham and its famous racecourse. The tithe barn provided one of the more rustic settings for changing/tea room. Do have a cake at the end. Date of review: March 31, 2006