In short: Good race, well marshalled and gret scenery In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Rather nasty prolonged incline at around 8 miles but otherwise an easy course. Weather was very hot (Damn those weather forecasters who forecast rain and thunder!). Water stops were OK but the conditions empahsised the need to take time to re-hydrate - stop running and get a few good glugs of water in! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Not the quickest of courses, but as it's local and the Berkshire County Championship I'll be back In full: I was in the 2nd lead group that took a wrong turn at 2 miles. We eventually caught a couple of runners who dropped off the back of the lead pack, and I think the remainder of that group were well out of reach anyway, so probably no adverse effects on the overall results, (although of course it could of been different). One of those helping at the finish line overheard me asking the 2 guys who just beat me if they were in that group too (which they were) and was genuinely apologetic and wanted to know more to avoid a repeat next year - so credit for that. Also, 2 of us nearly got run over as a marshall had their back to us and failed to stop the traffic. Real shame because everyone else was really friendly / encouraging etc. Overall a good day, but not the easiest of courses. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: First time Half Marathon In full: My expectations were low as a newbie. Great atmosphere, and nice venue for the race.
There where a couple of steep hills, a nasty dirt track and insufficient & inadequate refreshment stops. Plus, after running 13 miles for the first time in my life, I didn't appreciate the old dear who said "you are only allowed on bottle of water" as I crossed the finishing line.
Nice medal though ;) Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Just how you'd imagine a locally run race should be! In full: Great event with a nice if slightly sporty field of mainly club runners. OK route following the banks of the loch with some great scenery. Shame about the start and end through a bit of housin estate. A couple of long very gradual inclines but nothing that will tax the legs too much. Great local support at the plentyful water stations and seamless organisation of your own drinks table (makes you feel like an elite).
Best of all was the great forumite turnout, over 10% of the field! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Hot weather but well organised In full: Didn't realise Harlow had so many hills and fields. Course is mainly on cyle paths so takes you into more interesting parts of the town. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Well organised and friendly race, but the 1 o'clock start is too late in the day. In full: The atmosphere was good at the start and finish. I didn't enjoy the two laps or the very steep decline which you had to do twice; that really did my knees in. Only providing water was disappointing, it means you need to load yourselfup with gels or other drinks. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Great day for a run. Just cool enough to be comfortable. In full: If it had been a truly hot day, water would not have been enough along the course. Should have sport drinks along the way and more than water and a banana at the end. However, still a very positive experience. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Great race, can't wait for this years! In full: We did this last year as only our 2nd 10k race. Couple of relatively nasty uphills, one mad down hill (at box lane), very easy to just let yourself go!
Both came home in PB's, very scenic in some lovely Kentish countryside, well worth it. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Great course but needs improvements. See below for what I thought!! In full: The day itself was nice. However I felt that it could have been better organised. For instance I had to ask at least 6 marshalls where the baggage centre was which was a good 15 min walk from the start of the race. Not good esp if you arrive an hour before the race (which normally would be able time but to get through the crowds is a nightmare!).
Water stops there was plenty although I wasn't impressed by the fact that they ran out of proper water bottles and we had to make do with tiny plastic cups that when you tried to take a sip it would splash everywhere.
Also it wasn't clear as to when the race started. I vaguely remember running and we weren't even at the start yet.
Last point to note is the cut off time for entering the full marathon. I had no idea of this until some kind soul told me at the 12 mile mark. Cheers for that but it would have been helpful to have known sooner so I could have run harder.
Sorry if this is all negative but having done marathons before I felt this was one of the worst organised events and could do with some improvements, especially as you paid £18 to register and in terms of goodies you only get a medal and banana.
The course is good but I'm not sure if I'll spend that much esp with what I got out of it. Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Friendly, fun and really well organised In full: The pre St Georges Day (24th) reviews must have been for the other race that took place on the 17th. This one was really well organised!
This race was my first ever and I really enjoyed it. Can't really compare it with anything else, but as a beginner I found the field of runners quite diverse and unintimidating. The weather held out which made for some glorious scenery and I believe that the hills were fairly mild for the area. Bonus T shirt at the end and a PB topped off the perfect day! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Good race, but ... In full: the course is very hilly, the start at 1pm is at the hottest time of the day and I could have needed energy drinks at the water stations. Moreover, water in small plastic cups is hard to drink while running. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: one of the best experiences of my life In full: fabulous, but needs more loos at the start. I was still in the queue for the loo when the starter gun went off - a bit scary Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Good beginners race although a little hilly at the end In full: Glorious scenery, a festival atmosphere, brilliant weather and pipers at every kilometre. The start was a little chaotic and I had to avoid a number of (very) small children who darted right in front of me but otherwise an excellent race and day out. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Well organised, frequent water stations, good marshalling & friendly locals all made this a good day. Drawbacks - no sports drinks or the like at the water stations and a 1pm start on a hot day, but otherwise a great race. Recommended. Date of review: April 25, 2005