In short: You must give this half a go. In full: Fantastic - great run, excellent atmosphere, brilliant organisation and marshalling. I am a veteran of distance running and this was one of the best races I have ever done. Well done and thank you to the organisers. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Some lovely houses to dream about on the way round!! In full: A great race, very quick with some hills for a bit of a challenge! The last hill at 12.5 miles was the killer!! Would deffo do it again, highly reccomended. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Good training run for Spring Marathon In full: It's a bit boring scenery wise and running on the road where there's no pavement is a bit difficult but if you can put up with this it's a really good 20 mile training run. Hills aren't too bad and the beauty of laps is that by the last one you know what's coming next. A major drawback for slower runners like me (I took 3:50) is that as advertised you will be running mainly without marshalling on the last lap. Of course by now you should know the way so at least you won't get lost! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Not as flat as you might think, but a scenic course. Plenty of encouragement and local interest. In full: Parking a bit of a problem if you want a quick get away and ot easy to pass early on if you start at the back, unless you start weaving, but these are the only negatives I can think of.
Well marshalled, good support, plenty of toilets, food and drink if needed and reasonably priced, good water stations, momento and goody bag. All in all quite pleased with the race & organisation. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Very well organised race and the sun shining was a real bonus! having not been to fleet before the directions to the start were unclear btu all in all an excellent pre-London marathon race. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Could do better In full: Needs better organisation of the loo queues in order to maximise throughput.
A goody bag at the end would be nice to have, something along the lines of what you get at Bramley.
Getting to the start line has always been a problem at this event, particularly for first-timers. I think it's quite unreasonable for the race to be started while there are still large numbers of people trying to get through the woods. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Was my first half in preparation for London next month. Very windy in some places, but still managed to get round in the time I was hoping for. No world records but encouragement for my next big challenge. In full: Having enterered the London Marathon with a charity place (I work for one!) I used this as my "see how likley I am to get round" challenege and thoroughly enjoyed it. Parts of it were certainly challenging as the wind was quite strong and seemed to coincide with the uphill bits. Not as flat as it looks on the TV it was great seeing the streams of people in front and more encouragingly for me, behind. I took 2 hours 40 mins, but I was pleased. The XL Tshirt will get worn baggy or not, and the medal will have pride of place in my collection until London arrives. Funny thing is I am actually looking forward to doing another one. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: quick, well organised race In full: my only issue is where the start is in a locsl street, trying to squeeze 2,700 people in. the results are quickly done and presenation pretty good. this is an ideal race b4 london. the team/individual prizes are good and allows me to get anothe £50 worth of clothing from sweatshop. thanks - see you next year!! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Good course, Good race organisation. In full: Good stuff all round. The pre race/directions could be improved. I had trouble actually working out where the start was in relation to the town and parking. (only happens to be across the road!). The race map could be more accurate as well and the toilets seemed a little inadequate. The race itself was well organised and marshalled. Would do again, but perhaps without the family, who like to try and see me around the courses i run, but this one proved difficult to work out places that could be travelled to during the race. So they had to spend 3hours around the start/finish. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Much Improved - but an age waiting for kitbags In full: Last ran this race in 2004 and it was much better than then, both for the organisation and the course. Would do it again. Date of review: March 21, 2006