In short: Heat, stupid marshals and stupid design In full: Was told i could not get back into the finish area to get a second bottle of water by a sweaty plain-agreesive cooncil man. Suppose it would be pushing it to ask for it in 26C heat after a 13 mile run. Bottleneck start, bottleneck bridge, poor post finish line organisation. It's getting worse every year. Evening Times would be up in arms against it. If it didn't sponser it.
I've said my piece here on page five: http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/47280.html
In short: fourth time but probably my last In full: The heat was a nightmare compounded by no water at the finish - come on guys! Getting round was a struggle - the guys with the hoses deserve a medal! Addition of Kingston Bridge makes this a slow race now Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: well organised, nice to have an afternoon race In full: Very well supported. Enjoyable route except for the long long hill & traffic calming bumps. Only 1 official water station though - the extra water provided by a small group of children was very welcome. Running round the school field at the beginning remineded me of games lessons Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: very well marshalled, good facilities In full: Glad I had driven round the route beforehand (not intentional)as I knew to expect the long hill at the end. Nice race, well organised. The info I received with my number could have been better (just a map) hence driving the route to find my way to the start Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Challenging quiet & scenic In full: I thought change of route reduced the hill a little! Large numbers meant very squashed start - crowds and bollards made it more difficult. I was a little thrown by the zigzag finish. But great fun Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Nice race in peaceful surroundings. Bit hilly but ok for first 10K In full: This was my first 10K and although a bit hilly, was reasonably fast - what goes up must come down! Ability was mixed. You get a bottle of drink afterwards but no other goodies (unless I missed them). Seemed pretty well organised with marshalls, markers, water etc. Will be going again in 2005. Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: If you live nearby then this little 10 miler is well worth making the effort for...quite a decent T-shirt and a reasonable time (for a first effort) 83:30.A fairly exposed course would be much less fun in the rain or high wind though! Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Fantastic atmosphere, great organisation and a lovely day - what more could you want? In full: This was my first ever half marathon last year, and I simply had to return because of the atmosphere and organisation. Knocked a whopping 19mins off last year's time, but a very bad stitch near the end added 3mins to my time (probably too much Lucozade!!!). I had to stop and walk for a bit because of the stitch, and I'd just like to say a big THANKS! to all the runners who passed me offering me words of support and a helpful pat on the back. It really did inspire me to push on! The crowds were superb, and really make this race special. Organisation was like clockwork, although the funnels in the first mile were a little frustrating, but that often can't be helped in a road race, so no real negative marks for that.
Although it's a little expensive, you get what you pay for - great organisation a nice technical running shirt and cool medal. I'd heartily recommend it to anyone - runner, walker or whatever!! Date of review: October 5, 2005