In short: Well done to all those involved!! In full: Great atmosphere and wonderful scenery apart from the view from the bottom of the hill and it didn't get any better second time round..!! Daughters enjoyed the day out, especially the Fun Run where my 4yr old got a wonderful reception in the last 100m.. Thanks again and we'll see you next year.! Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: An excellent race In full: Run on nice smooth tarmac with scenery interesting enough for the 2 laps. Chip timing always nice. Track is flat and has definite PB potential. Very well organised and run on the day. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: A Day in the Life Of Douglas Bader today me thinks as my legs don't work!!! In full: 1st race over 13 miles and a wake up call to pace the 1st half slower. Felt good till 16 miles and then just had enough in the tank to walk/jog home. Great support from the marshalls and fellow runners and especially enjoyed miles 21 and 22 back to the car!!!!!! Still very enjoyable and glad to done the distance Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: 3-lap run. There are a couple of slight inclines to take on. It's a good atmosphere. The marshall were cool. The distance markers were slightly confusing though. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Enjoyble race suitable for all abilities In full: Second installment of this race later on in the year so you can see if you are getting better - I'll try it again as this is good PB course. Noticed that last year negative comments were made about lack of mile/ km markers. This was rectified as km markers were provided, althouh the accuracy was a little suspect (particulalry 8 to 9km which was very short - and therefore others must have beeen long). Other than this can't really fault the race Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Very Scenic but..... In full: Agree with a lot of the downsides. I live in the area so knew where it started and could get changed in comfort at the local Fitness First. If I had been coming from out of town I would have been totally confused with lack of directions and facilities. I think the race may be out growing itself in what the well meaning organisers can provide.
It would be nice to have had a Web site giving more details about the run and I had to search around in the poor pre-race leaflet for even the start time. There seemed to be more runners than probabably planned for and no roads were full closed. After about 3 miles runners were having to share small lanes with cars in both directions. It is fairly rural but there are lots of 4x4 type peeps all coming and going to Waitrose giving little consideration to runners. A bit hairy at times.
Apart from that all very friendly and yes quite hilly; though apart from one hill they do climb fairly evenly. Didn't quite seem to go down that much though! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: a good scenic race with a few killer hills In full: got there early enough to have no problems with parking. strong field with about 1000 runners. definitely not an easy race though with about 4 long hills. i swear the first one was actually a whole mile long. i wasn't expecting a pb so at least i wasn't disappointed. nothing really for the money other than a really cheap naff medal. worth doing if you want a scenic challenging half. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Tough course but very enjoyable. Friendly atmosphere. In full: I really enjoyed that! The hills were tough but rewarding and the scenery and country atmosphere was idyllic. I agree with the other posters that the pre-run info was below the standard we have come to expect and that the signs in the town to find the parking was nonexistent. I had to ask a police man where we were supposed to park. I know that some people had problems with the traffic in places but I thought the actual running of the race was pretty good and very friendly. Maybe I was just lucky but I had no issue getting to the toilet and found the changing and after race facilities perfectly acceptable. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: An excellant event which will grow in popularity In full: Very pleasant run along a generally flat landscaped coastal park with great views on the Gower penninsla, distant Atlantic, estuary and beaches. The 'up & back' nature of the course could annoy some and would mitigate against a very large entry (this was limited to c 250). The wind will always be a factor in this location which will make parts tough when strong. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Clinical - and no sign of the Top Gear Team! In full: twice round the runway, dull but functional. Could do with a refreshment stand pre-race at the marquee/toilet area. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: pretty countryside In full: lovely run suprisingly hilly. could have been a better pre race route information and better toilet facilities but apart from that a very enjoyable run, challenging Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: great scenery,great challenging course In full: Overall really enjoyed it.I did it as prep run for London and as such,would definitely recommend it. Very hilly but scenery was uplifting.Signage to start very poor. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Everything good except chip timing might need more thought! I.e., mats at the start aswell as the end. In full: Shame race starts a fair distance from the car park and finished somewhere else, about a mile from the car park! Good marshalling and well organized. Too many runners for the start position, perhaps move onto the road next year and avoid bottle neck? Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Glorious running, but the organisation could be bumped up In full: This was a tough half. It was only my second half marathon, but I feel that nothing else could daunt me having completed this course.
This was a hilly race, but well worth the climbs as the scenery more than made up for it . A marshal ‘lied’ to me around at the last water station and said it was downhill from there. All things being equal, I really enjoyed the run - The scenery was terrific amazing, and since the sun decided to come out making it even more fantastic.
The downsides were the busy roads and intolerant drivers, who seemed to want to take up as many runners as possible. The pre-pack was inadequate with almost no information included. The TOILETS were a joke! There were over 1000 runners running the half, and only two toilet cubicles for the women. I hate portaloos, but never will I complain again. The medal was crap; I would have preferred a Mars bar.
In short Wonderful conditions, scenery, support (very small groups, but they made up for it in lusty cheers), marshalling, but it could be so much better. I would do it again though! Date of review: March 5, 2006