In short: Really enjoyable undulating scenic route In full: I really enjoyed this race because it was very scenic with a tour around a lake, a pull up the hill to the castle (where a band was playing!) and a romp through fields on the way back. It was a lovely friendly atmosphere, but don't look to this for a PB as it was single file at one point. The one drawback was a delayed start which made everyone a bit chilly. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Isn't a half marathon supposed to be 13.1 miles? In full: Disaster about all of us being sent the wrong way, but I think the marshalls did the right think by sending everyone the same way once the mistake had been realised. Unbelievable mistake considering the race has been run for over twenty years. However, the organisers are to be congratulated for attempting to put things right by measuring the extra bit and deducting a pro-rate time. However, I had pretty much given up once I realised I was 3-4 mins off my predicted pace. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Shame about the extra distance In full: Having done this race several times before, I feel I must step in and defend it against some of the comments made by others. Hot Drinks: at how many races can you find hot drinks at the start? Drinks at the finish: there were drinks at the finish round by the clubhouse. Water stations en route: sufficient. Facilities before the race: there was ample space, toilets and changing rooms (and showers for afterwards) in the building nearest the car parking. I don't know why the pavilion behind the finish line appeared not to be open although there seemed to be a small class going on. Roadworks: what can a race organiser do about this? There were an unusally high number of bits of roadworks but they didn't severely impact the flow of the race.
Goody bag: wasn't a medal enough?
Yes, it was a shame about the extra distance - due to confusion in the lead car. However, the organisers did the right thing very quickly in ensuring that everyone then ran the same distance so there was still a race. I've been in two other races which went off-route and neither managed this. I don't think people realise how difficult it would be to communicate quickly with all marshalls on a course in such a situation. The chap on the corner in question was doing a sterling job. The race organiser has said that he will get the discrepancy measured as soon as possible and issue amended results. That is an awful lot of work which he could have simply decided not to do, leaving the results to stand for the race albeit of an unspecified distance.
I shall be back to support what in all the other years has been a very good race.
In short: Excellent 17 mile run and only £5! Very well organised and even home made pastries at the end. Very friendly and cheery marshalls and organisers. Some slight hills but nothing too steep Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Challenging is the word for the run today, nice setting at R A F Cranwell In full: organisation was tip top and everything appeared to run realy smoothly, found the cross country section fun and was surprised to hear people were unaware of what to expect, considering it rained last night? course appeared to be undulating although wind made some sections a little tougher than those with the shelter of a hedge nearby, all in all i had a nice run out today as part of my FLM training, so thanks to sleaford striders and all the helper who braved the weather to put on an event for us runners. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: 2-lap, traffic free, friendly atmosphere. Got a pb, and the biting wind added to great feeling of achievement. To be picky, 6th mile marker 1 min too early, and mile 13 short. Plus no t-shirt for £12 fee - a bit steep. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: great potential,shame they messed it up today. In full: I have run it before and despite a cold thought i would come close to my pb. With my legs going to jelly after 3 miles and the extra distance i did not come close.
Given how cold it was i was a little disappointed there was no hot drinks available before the start. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Well organised, and supported, bits away from the traffic were nice. In full: First time for this race, will definately come again. The hill at 4 mile wasn't as bad as I'd feared, if you need to be scared go and run the Langley 7 ! Well worth the Sunday get up, even if all the "I'll be theres'" stayed in bed ! No excuse next week, Trafford 10k here we come..... Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Not all of East Anglia is flat! Great testing event with the icy cold wind and those hills to test your mettle! In full: Returned after 2005's Siberian experience thinking it would be somewhat easier this year. Although it was v. cold again, the sun shone for most of the time. However, a brutal headwind seemed to be following me around for the bulk of the race, and those hills at 9 and 18miles thought they would join the party to finish me off. After taking 30mins after the race to regain my speech and co-ordination, I can summarise what a fantastic event this is: Well organised Park and Ride before and afterwards; Luxurious toilets (with background music and real towels!!); Friendly runners - although being the sole representive from my club, I had no shortage of other people to talk with before, and to compare heartbreaking tales with afterwards; Marshals were wonderful - receive great encouragement from them all which got me round; The most efficient baggage retrieval ever - one person call your number as you limped in and the bag was on the table waiting! With it being so cold - this was what was needed to get back into warm clothes. Thanks to Paul and everyone else involved in making this a great event and I'll be definately back in 2007! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Bit uninteresting. Marshalls not exactly happy! In full: Salisbury 10 k better and more interesting - marshals also more friendly. Winchester race need a change in course to get me back. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: windy In full: my son and myself both ran the terminator,we both loved it. friendly and helpfull marshalls,well organized,brilliant race,thankyou pewseyvale see you next year. Date of review: February 26, 2006