In short: Enjoyable Trail Run In full: The course measures just over the 6 so is very nearly a 10K. The PB rating is for a Trail run - it would be a testing 10k as there is a lovely hill at the halfway point and some off-road stuff. Very enjoyable scenery around Rother Valley Country Park/Nature reserve - and in my opinion it's a better route around the park than the RV 10K race. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: Superb scenery. Excellent organisation In full: This race was everything I expected it to be and more. The scenery is second to none. The organisation is faultless. The course is tough but fair.The support and atmosphere along the way is warm and genuine.Long may this race continue! Date of review: October 8, 2005
In short: went too quickly In full: after participating in this years Windsor half, found the Southend went to quickly, but, i did the race with my Club (Hayes & Harlington) and came 1st within the club Date of review: October 8, 2005
In short: A 10k race that feels more like 8 miles! Alton doesn't have hills, they're mountains!!! In full: A nice day out, people were friendly, which spurred you on. Over night rain made the route a bit more challenging especially on the downhill grassy bits. Date of review: October 8, 2005
In short: Once again, great race In full: Okay, I said it last year but it all bears repeating - what a fabulous event! Okay, there will be a few mile counters droning on that the 9 and 10 mile markers were only a few yards apart. Yep, there will be some moaning that the bag and tee-shirt collection was a bit chaotic. Well I came to watch the scenery, not the markers, and having to wait all of 5 mins after the race for a super tee shirt is hardly much after running for 4 hours! I just soaked up the vibes! See you all again next year - great event! Date of review: October 7, 2005
In short: Where is Gordan Ramsay when you need him he ran my target time last year!!!!!! In full: Went off way too quick considering how hot it was and wilted badly on John Reid Rd. Trying to use Nell McAndrew as a pace maker for six miles wasn't the brightest idea I've ever had as even whilst pregnant she was still way too fast. To be honest I threw the race plan out the window as I fancied getting my pic taken with her as I crossed the finishing line. In reality the cameraman would have needed a telescopic lens. Where is Gordan Ramsay when you need him he ran my target time last year!!!!!!
On a serous note the organisers need to sort the start out properly and get more water earlier on the course than there was this year. Once your dehydrated and feeling ill it is very hard to take on enough water to reveive yourself. I found myself running in a total daze before I stopped running and forced myself to drink a full bottle of water at each drinks station in the last 5 miles whilst walking before even contemplating running again. If I'd kept pushing myself I think I'd have ended up collapsing too. Thats the worst I've ever felt whilst running. God bless those who didn't make it or were seriously ill after the race. Date of review: October 7, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, crowd superb, good goody bag In full: Why, why do so many wlakers start at the front. Great that they are doing it but please can they start at the back in future. i should not be having to run around walkers after only 1/2 mile, when I started in the sub 1.45 wave. Other than that you could not wish for a better race, looking forward to next year. Roll on the GSR Date of review: October 7, 2005
In short: Cracking event, great scenery, great organisation, friendly atmosphere In full: This was my second Bristol Half Marathon. In aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Managed to come home 15 mins quicker than last year. The course really is varied - from city centre to the fantastic Avon Gorge. Cobbles stone to flat tarmac - but which sadist put that hill at 11 miles? Should have known really - it's always been on the course. A great day and a great atmosphere - turned this 25 stone non-runner into an 18 stone running nutter!! Even the technical T-shirt fitted this year!!
Thanks to the marshals aswell without them we couldn't run
See you all next year - just off to run for Team CF Trust in New York...... Date of review: October 7, 2005
In short: A flat out and back course along closed wide roads. The start could have been a bit better organised and it was a little crowded at first but overall it was a well organised race with a good atmosphere. Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: Whew! The reason I signed up to do the Loch Ness Marathon this year is beacuse my pal from work said it was easier than the Edinburgh Marathon. He is no longer a pal...... In full: I didn't really know what to expect in my first Marathon, I had a fair idea it involved a lot of running but never knew how much! Before the race, I had only managed to run 10 miles so it was a really big ask for me to complete it. As well as that, I had only done 3 weeks training and was just recovering from a bad cold. Yes - I'm an idiot, I should never have ran the race but I'm sure glad I did! I got plenty advice before I headed up to the highlands - bought some good gear and plenty of carb gel. If it's wasnt for the gel I reckon I'd still be runnning now. Anyway, the race itself was going far too easy - I managed to get to half way in 1 hour 58 mins and thought there was a chance I could break the 4 hour barrier...... That was, until about 17/18 miles when you suddenly have a 3 mile uphill stretch that takes you to hell and back. All the way in from there my legs were tightening up and I was counting down the miles to Inverness and the finish at Queens Park Stadium. When I got there, the crowds were starting to disappear but that didn't matter to me, I had just completed the toughest challenge of my life in 4 hours 13 minutes and it has made me want lots more! Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: As with last year, superb In full: Great race again, organised start, accurate km markers, the only wearable T-shirt given out at races and an excellent goodie bag. Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: Well organised - be back next year. In full: 4th consecutive year i have done this with a pb each year. Even considering how crowded it was. Certainly slower runners starting too near the front. Agree about toilets they were a disgrace hopefully next year something can be done portaloos would be a good idea. Date of review: October 6, 2005