In short: Great race, shame about the congested start In full: Fantastically, well organised, enjoyed finishing in the athletics stadium. Scenic route along river, but wind a bit on the nippie side. Great goodie bag, medal & t-shirt. Possibility of a PB ruined early on by walkers (never mind the slow runners) blocking the narrow country lane that comprises the first 2k of the race. My first kilometre took 6 minutes to complete, never a hope of beating my PB after that, although the pleasant downhill stretch from 4km into Inverness did help. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Excellently organised outing through Leicestershire lanes. I'm a first timer at the distance, and enjoyed it - challenging, but worth it. In full: As a first timer to half-marathon distance, I was a bit apprehensive hearing about how hilly the course was supposed to be. In the end it wasn't too bad, just a but of a slog nearing the end. The course was well marshalled and the support from the side of the course was excellent. Haven't got the knack of drinking from a cup whilst running yet - bottles at the drinking stations would be easier.
The start / finish at Caterpillar seemed to be well organised - good facilities and ample parking. Only criticism maybe that the race does not have chip timing. Would definitely do it again, and maybe chance the full with a bit (lot) more training. There's always next year...Advantage of a first time that anything is a PB!! Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Overall a good race but too many runners at the start. In full: The organisation is fairly good but the congested start needs work. Everybody had a tough time with heel kicking and budging in as there were just too many people in the first few miles. With 12,000 runners going through the centre we need to seriously look at the time bands we are starting at. This would avoid the frustration of the first few miles. For example, It's ridiculous to start at the 1-hr 30 marker when your PB is 1-hr 50 Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: 10K review - a decent race if only they could sort out the distance markers on 10K course ! In full: Decent fairly flat course, and the 10K started before the half this year which was a big improvement (for the 10K runners at least - might be irritating for people at the front of the half though). Very well martialled and generally well organised, but with the exception of the distance markers for the 10K. For the first 3 miles there are mile markers rather than K markers, although these aren't in the right place as they are for the half which starts 100 yds back from the 10K. Then when the courses split you get km markers from 5K onwards. Wouldn't take a lot to get 10K markers all the way round, surely, but otherwise its a good race and recomended. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Flat, Friendly, and really well organised In full: Having three races at the same time, two of which neet coaches to get to the start, (included in entry), must be a logistical nightmare, but the organisation was great. Fast flat course, and sensible limits so no hold ups. Also despite the really hot weather there were plenty of water stations (on the 10K at least - don't know about the half or marathon) - there are a few big races down south that could learn from this ! Decent T shirt too ! Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Good marshalling, water station half way. Great mixture of abilities and ages. In full: Like the T-shirt, nice bright red makes a nice change from white. Just think the toilets let it down, really do think next year they should invest in a dozen portaloos to keep up with demand. 2 out of 3 in the club house didn't flush, bit of a health hazard. And took a while for them to open up the public loos. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Save yourself for the second half In full: Quite a turnout! Nearly twice as many as last year. Weather was perfect. Everything was well organised. A bit disappointed by the goodie bag not having a T-shirt or mug (we had a mug last year), but that's just me being greedy :-) Date of review: October 2, 2005