In short: Small but good crowd, good organisation, worth a go. In full: Well done to the organisers. Not a huge crowd turn out, but big thanks to those who did, especially the guy with the music! The long white path (the Greenway?) was tough and could do with braking up, and traffic should be held off in Welford. But overall a good run and a fun day.
In short: Could have done without the kids strolling for the first 1.5km.... In full: There was a lot of milling around at the start, with spectators inadvertenly still mixed in with runners when we started (late). The 5km and 10km were mixed and, having been advised to 'power-walk' the first 1km due to a stonking big hill meant that the kids who started right at the front were ambling up like it was the walk to school..... second lap much clearer though. Good organisation but for a tenner and Friends Provident sponsorship a medal/t-shirt/mug would have been nice. And smaller numbers, not printed on A4 1000gsm card!!!!! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Like Clockwork, despite the weather In full: Well, the weather sure can change quickly in Edinburgh. Saturday and Friday were great, Sunday was like winter. A sea haar sat on the city. It rained - it poured! And the nutters kept on running. Seriously, this was really well organised, a pleasure to be with so many fellow runners in my home city and a really great experience. Forthside Half Marathon organisers - were you watching??? This is how to organise a race. Well done to the Great Run people. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Pricey. In full: Having run the marathon here twice and not enjoyed it I was surprised at how much fun the half was. Surprised to find no difference between full and half entry fees. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Well worth a day out and a PB to boot In full: Great race hills a killer at times but not as bad as billed start a bit confused and funneling onto narrow pavements cost people time but overall a greatt day Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Very tough course but spectacular views - just as promised! In full: Brilliant village event - really festive start and finish in village centre (finish line v close to great pub). Extemely well organised, water & sponges every few miles, v supportive marshalls, some crowd support along the way (especially jovial crowd at 9 mile mark), just how a good race should be. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: My first half marathon - loved it ... but it hurt! In full: The organisation was really good - friendly stewards and everything seemed to happen when and where it should.
Loved the announcer at the end and the people who were handing out the medals were great even though they must already have shaken hands with a 1000 tired and sweaty people before I bowled up.
My only gripe would be the very many men who felt the need to stand against hedges and pee - from less than a mile into the race. It doesn't really seem fair to the people who live in the area - nor to us women who have to keep our legs crossed! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Entertaining and Challenging Course - worth a look in next year In full: Tend to feel that although pricey, in compared to many, it is, 2nd only to the Great North Run, my favourite race of the year. Very picturesque, 2 or 3 hills (1 challenging). Lacked a little atmosphere this year due to the reduction in crowd numbers down to the rescheduling of the race earlier and away from William Shakespeare's birthday celebrations. That would be my only negative really. Otherwise excellent. Microchipping it next year would help, with a field of nearly 3000, but still fab. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Fantastic, friendly race. In full: If you want a good reason for getting out of bed early on a Sunday morning then this is it. A great chase through the streets of Marlow. Marshalling was excellent ( as usual). The start was much better this year with the intoduction of expected time pens. The people of Marlow really make this race with terrific support. Thank you Handy Cross Runners for another super event. Top medal! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Brilliant day, blessed by excellent running weather! In full: Excellent day, and wasn't the weather kind!
The crowd were absolutely fantastic all the way around, picking up on t-shirt names and shouting out encouragement. Special thanks to the mad old gent blasting out music at the end of his drive and that mad hippy woman with the whistle following the course handing out jelly babies.
Nicely undulating course, I was worried about the hills, but there really was no need, I ran them all.
On the downside, price was very steep considering no race t-shirt, no isotonic drinks and water in cups not squeezy bottles. I got all this at Cardiff for the same price.
Anyway, aside from that, fabulous day, lovely part of the world to run in and would defo do it again! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: good organisation, mix of scenery, horrid spike at the end. Might do better running route other way. In full: Well organised if limited on the parking front etc. Marshalls excellent - encouraging runners all the way round with good support from local constabulary. Reasonable crowd and special thanks to the Bracknell Rugby boys for enthuisiatic welcome. Reasonable mix of scenery (Bracknell ain't all bad!) thiough as a local suspect that parts, eg. Harvest Ride etc, would be better if run the other way! All-in-all good run with 4 mins knocked off PB though still 2 mins away from breaking 2 hours. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Well Organised. Nice scenery. Too pricy. In full: Although it was a pleasant run, I was a bit disappointed with my meal & banana at end. Other events which cost a lot less than this provide isotonic drinks, malt loaf, cereal bars etc. I was expecting more than a banana for the high price I had paid for my entry. Date of review: May 8, 2006