In short: Great race; really enjoyed this one In full: I really enjoyed this one. Not flat but they warn you about that. Spot on place and great to see the tents and entertainment in a town centre start. Good stuff. Some folks moaned about congestion, I just thought it was part of the overall charm. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Well organised, fast race, good for a PB. Goodies poor - no medal. In full: Plenty of friendly marshalls who did a good job at holding up the traffic and good organisation. Flat course and nice weather meant you could get a good PB. Goodie bag poor - only got a t-shirt, no medal. End of race confusing as no proper finish line. A good atmosphere but would have been nice to have some bands playing along the route. Overall, an enjoyable race that I'd do again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A flat(ish) race in small townsville In full: Was it me or was there no secure baggage store? I spoke to the man giving out the t-shirts and he said there would be someone around all the time but it seemed all a bit adhoc. Apart from that the race was well organised, nice to see estimated finish times at the start line and the km markers seemed as accurate as the lamp posts allow. Good police presence and road closures. I thought the finish was an anticlimax, and narrow, with no medal or goody bag just a handful of entry forms for the next few races! Bit windy today scuppering any thoughts of a PB and with one short 'hill' would of been a bit of an ask anyway. Not much atmoshphere - apart from some heckling from kids and adults in downtown 'beastly' Eastleigh - does n't bother me but might put a few people off. Basically a race to do if there is nothing else on in your calendar. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A solid performer! In full: This race gets so much right.
Parking was easy at the race venue. Collecting the race T-shirt was just like last year, well organised but the sports hall suffers from narrow corridors. The T-shirt is fine, not technical but OK.
The race itself is well organised. Good start position with markers for banding the starters depending upon predicted finish time. Run on good wide roads that are really well marshalled with a strong police presence to keep the car drivers under control. The route is not scenic but to be honest what do you expect around eastleigh town? It is fast with good PB potential and only one little incline to negotiate and as such is excellent for beginers or the less experienced.
All in all this is a great south coast race that deserves its reputation. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: OK, but how can I question a championship race distance? In full: Pleasant race, and I was pleased with my time. BUT, I know the GPS systems are not 100% accurate, but it has never overestimated my race distance before. It measured the race nearly 1/4 mile longer on the way out and the same again on the return. Not only this, I found another GPS user who measured the exact same distance. Could this be genuine? Surely not....but..anyone else have the same experience? Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed today, so don't want to sound as though I am complaining. Too many runners. Very conjested start, no pace pens in evidence, quite dangerous with mingling of runners and traffic. Well organised and scenic though. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Big race feel and sound organisation. In full: Excellent crowd support around the city centre and residential areas - even a few brave souls in the bleaker parts of the course. The drummers were very uplifting. Plenty of drinks from the cadets and other helpers. Good flat course (couple of gentle hills). Nice medal and goody bag (mars bar was much appreciated!). Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised race In full: The organisation of the race was very good, the course was ok, shame its two laps but hey still a good course. The drinks stations could have been both sides of the streets, but atleast there were plenty of them and the people working on them did a splendid job, so well done to them. Great to have supporters along the majority of the route too. Nice medal and goody bag.
Well done to all those involved....and those that took part.... Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A nice friendly rural race. In full: Well organised for such a small race - almost a big race feel. Nice rural course with a few challenging ups and downs. Good chance for a PB (managed to take of around 6 minutes) as long as you hold some back for the hill at around mile 12. Well done to all involved. Will certainly be back next year. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: First 1/2 marathon, on the whole enjoyable, nice medal. In full: Plenty of water and Lucozade available - thanks to the Scouts and Cadets. Good atmosphere. Good supportive crowd, liked the band at Queens Square and people playing music from their houses. Liked the "runners village". Date of review: March 19, 2006