In short: Excellant race, used it as an alternativeto London. On a smaller scale, but still had a very good friendly atmosphere! The hills were a little more challenging. In full: Overall a very good race, however I wouldn't reccomend an attempt of a PB. Water stops every 2 miles, I found gels worked quite well as a supplement, but it was difficult taking on cups of water without stopping! My friend used his camelbag, maybe an alternative option as he beat me! The first lap is with the halr-marathoners, and the atmosphere is excellent! However the second lap is a little more lonely and requires a little deep digging especially on the few hills there are,(nothing compared to the Isle of White, so I'm told).The last few miles is along a dis-used railway line, and is very straight with little change in scenery, a far cry from the crowds along the embankment at London.That said, the scenery and the friendly atmosphere overall were great, just a little quieter. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Great course and great support In full: I enjoyed this alot, even though I missed my target. Good atmosphere and support in town and through the villages. On the 2nd visit I found the Greenway extremely tedious and never-ending; can't be avoided though. The hill at 8 and 18 is not nice, but the course cannot be described as hilly, perhaps nearly undulating. The marshalls and drink station staff were, in general, Supprtive, though some of the marshalls were on the verge of surly, a smile perhaps? May well be back next year. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Good p.b. race In full: As mentioned previously the 11th mile down an alley with gates at either end interrupts your pace, but otherwise a good race with nice scenery. Industrial estate although not scenic is interesting. I smashed my p.b. so I'm happy. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: A bit hilly but okay In full: That drag up the hill was a swine but plodding down the other side was a relief. Not a pretty route but the grey day did'nt help but I was grateful for the cooling rain. Might do it again as I am fairly local Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: I did the 3 mile fun run, and I hope to go back next year and do the race proper. Friendly and challenging, but bring a spare pair of shoes - you will get wet feet! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: first timer but will definitely be back next year In full: Really enjoyed the run, perfect for husband and baby to investigate the park while I was plodding round. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Not a fantastic event but not a bad event either. In full: Could have been better marshalled around the Sports club area. Too many people wandering around in the way of runners. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: A fast, well organised half with plenty of water/sponge stations In full: Plus points include excellent organisation and support from the marshalls. Plenty of parking. 5 drinks stations all of which had sponges (a welcome addition with the warm werather). Fairly flat so PB potential - I knocked 8 mins off mine! but there are some gentle climbs over the motorway.
Negative points include the lane at about 11m. Trying to run through a gate broke you from your stride a bit. Coming back through the town centre was busy with traffic and roadworks.
All in all a good, friendly, well organised half Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Lots of marshalls and lots of water - who could ask for more! In full: As always this event is very well organized, and the abundance of water stations run by the local school children are great. Good support from the local crowd as well make this an enjoyable race with good PB potential Date of review: May 8, 2006