In short: beautiful setting and nice run, although organisers miss the odd trick In full: was weary about this one, as many people spoke of "the hill" and lack of water, problems getting to start etc. To be honest, all of this is pretty much par for the course, if you know about it beforehand. Firstly, toilets are a bit of a problem, queue of about 10 just to the door (and that was just the gents) - but loads of trees/undergrowth at the start ;-) . Car Park is about 15 minutes walk from the start, so get there a little earlier than you normally would. Yep, no water apart from at the end, but much of the course is shaded, so if you need fluids for 10k, run with your own. The hill is nothing terrible, but yes it does take it out of you, but I would hate to see all 10k's flat runs. Go again, yep - it's not too far away (Cirecester is about 20 mins from Glos/Cheltenham, and 20 mins from M4), Scenery is lovely. Hill a git, but lets you know you've had a run... Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Nice run. Challenging long uphill drags on the way out. Good organisation. In full: Park & Ride well organised at the start but could have done with some better signs in the Bus station at the end. Start was delayed by 10 mins but gave me a chance to get friendly with those around. Narrow start made even more difficult by groups of walkers 3 & 4 abreast but cleared after the 1st mile. Interesting option to run round the ring road, but good encouragement by drivers on the other side. a long uphill drag to the turnround point at 8 miles rewarded with 3 miles downhill. Nice quality tee shirt & medal. Well done Cov, see you next year. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Fun and friendly. Cracking little course which felt quite challenging - but then I'm not exactly Tadesse! In full: Excellent day's fun. The fudge stall was really welcome afterwards! I was told before hand that the course is up or down, but never flat - very true! But, to be fair, there weren't any absolute killer hills.
I thought I might clear the entire water table in trying to grab a cup! I'm not complaining though, it's really good of all the marshalls to give up their time for us running folk!
Thanks to all of you - see you next year! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Very well organised. Good mix of surfaces. In full: More signs off the main road may help those not familiar with the area.The Crossdale School Banner was only visible from one direction. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Nice race, but new course is much slower In full: This is still a nice race, but compared to the old course is is much slower. It used to be one of my favourite 10ks, but probably not now........ Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere & organisation made up for the ring road! In full: Well done to everyone who organised the half-marathon. A good race, well organised, quite slick. Bit hot though! If I had one niggle it would be taking your lace off as you pass the finish to take your chip off. Velcro, or plastic tags would be great. Lots of people took the chips home. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Not run here for four years due to other events.Nothing has changed.It's still one of the best ! In full: It's a shame this race for me has coincided with the KRUF,GNR and Cardiff Half in previous years.At last Welsh AAA seem to have things right and hopefully there'll be no more clashes. It is a superb race of outstanding quality. Well marshalled,organised,good water stations and a lovely view of Swansea Bay along the way. I'll be back !! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: If you hate hills this one's for you! In full: Well organised flat course with the scenery of swansea bay, good crowd support, and the bloke with the hose pipe was a great help! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Well organised a good way to spend a sunday morning. In full: Park & Ride was really good. Loads of water, plenty toilets. 1hr 52 for me which is average. Wouldn't say it's an easy course, but it's not too hilly. Like the t-shirt and it seems decent quality.
Only criticism lack of mile markers. I saw a 5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 13.
Oh and I hate malt loaf, can we have some crisps next year pls! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Had a few hills! great atmosphere though. probably be back next year. In full: great day fro runners, have to say though, my family cheered me on at the turnaround point and then I beat them back to the finish (@ 11 min/miles) the buses apparently were too small and few and far between. Other than that WELL DONE HELEN KELLY AND TEAM! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: The perfect balance of good organisation and a challenging course In full: I timed it at 1:57 and had been hoping for 1:55 but I don't think that was on the cards as the course is too challenging.
There was exactly the right amount of water stations for me and there didn't appear to be any shortages anywhere.
I will carry energy gels next time though it would be great if the organisers could make isotonic drinks available. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Scenic undulating off road half In full: Really enjoyed this race. More undulating than I expected but great scenery, totally off road, well organised, good crowds, something for the kids to do - all in all a pretty good race. Traffic was a bit of a mare on the way in. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: first half marathon for me, and a great way to start! In full: So as I sit here with aching legs having completed my first half marathon, I have to say it was good fun! Organisation was great, support along the way was fantastic, route was good - enjoyed the run round the ring road :o) the support from the cars going round on the other side was definately a bonus! Some long hills though, but definately an interesting route, and some good entertainment put on for the crowd too. Very friendly set of runners, especially as it was me first race- and has definately encouraged me to go and do a few more! Congrats to the organising team, and here's looking forward to next year :o) Date of review: September 25, 2005