In short: Great race, great weather In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the race. Second year of participation and definitely up for it again. Didn't even mind the big hill and knocked 8 mins off last years time. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: I really enjoyed this race - it's definitely converted me to racing!! In full: For first time racers it's an excellent course -beautiful scenery - I am slightly biased however as I'm originally from Stratford-Upon-Avon. I would definitely do this again - will be signing up for next year! Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great fun In full: A great race very well organised - forthside half marathon organisers take note! Second year of doing it and took 3 mins off my time. Re. the goody bag - where was the pasta to go with the sauce? Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Overall a good course and good organisation In full: This was my first half marathon and I was concerned that I might get lost around the route, it was well sign-posted although the mile markers could have been bigger!! Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great course and views to match In full: First time out on Bluebell but really enjoyed the course, the scenery and the river crossing to finish. A credit to the organisers. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: I loved this race! In full: After some of the doom and gloom I'd read about this race in the past (steep hills, too hot, no annual medal etc) I was more than pleasantly surprised.
The organisation of the race was excellent - it was always really clear where to go even on complicated turns. The 'hill' was not at all steep on the way up (though a killer short sharp 14% descent the other side). The 25th anniversary medal was a nice touch. The supporters were in some ways better than in London (though obviously fewer of them), especially the mad hippy women with the jelly babies who kept yelling 'you're fantastic' and the dancing gent. The Greenway is a great surface to run on and not at all dull - great for overtaking! Even the second loop generally was good for giving me an idea of how far it was to the finish (I like to know these things). And it was amazing to hear my name being called out as I approached the finish line.
My only slight suggestions for improvements would be: - Sports drink on the second lap for marathoners (for those who don't have a handy fiance stationed at the 13 mile mark). - Chip timing (I missed the London qualifying 'good for age' time by 8s!). - More bottles at water stations (doesn't need to be all of them, perhaps just an extra one around the 6 mile mark). Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: fantastic In full: In terms of hills, hard work and scenery, this is possibly the closest to a fell race that a road race can get. Long downhills followed by tough climbs meant that my splits varied from 6 mins to 12, which beats steady paced monotony any day. The organisation ran like clockwork, I've never seen so many marshalls and water stations, and there's even a pub and a cafe (both open first thing on a Sunday morning) at the start/finish line. What more could you want? An iconic T-shirt maybe? You get that too. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Good race & very friendly atmostphere In full: Good extras to race - childrens races and soft play plus much mentioned cakes! Bum bag instead of t-shirt made a nice change. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: First one really enjoyed it In full: This was my first half marathon and was quite nervous about it. Once got going just went with the flow and tried to do best. There were peopel along the way that helped to keep you motivated. Shame about the weather but manged 2 hrs 6 mins which for a first one isn't half bad i don't think. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Nice race, improved by morning start. Now; any chance of energy drinks next year? In full: Morning start is a big improvement. Some people grumble about the Greenway but I like it. And dont listen to the compaints about hills; there are only 2 little ones. My second PB on this course.
Agree some of the marshals were a bit austere, but it makes you appreciate them more at races where they are more supportive, doesn't it? And hats off to anyone who gives up their time to do it.
My only remaining grumble is still no energy drinks - maybe a couple of stations on the second lap could offer them next year? Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Excellent race, excellent organisation, fantastic atmosphere In full: I really enjoyed running this race (probably because I got a PB). My only 2 problems were knowing where to go at the start which was a bit muddled, and the paths were a bit narrow in places restricting overtaking. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Quite possibly the best event I've ever been to!! In full: I came to racing about two years ago, this is my second Marathon and I can honestly say this is probably the best event I’ve have ever been to!
As some of the other comments attest to, there were some small gripes I.E. on the high price, the muddled start, the long slog up the greenway etc I accept all these comments but feel they are just little niggles compared to the all over glow I received from being involved with this event.
Everything was straight forward, the PA system was clear and the announcer on the ball, the route was scenic and very flat; only a couple of hills, if you think it was hilly you should try the Isle of Wight marathon! the spectator support was good when compared to other races, good marshals, and an excellent atmosphere at the finish.
Highlights?? The old man with the stereo, the hippy lady with the whistle and the jelly babies, seeing the runners in the half peeling off whilst we went round for the second lap, being checked out by some guy on a motorbike making sure I wasn’t about to collapse, finding my bottle that I’d stashed the night before at about 13.5 miles, dipping my feet in the river to cool them off at the finish!!
It was a good job it wasn’t hot, you could just imagine the heat haze drifting across the greenway if the sun had come out!
In short: I did this race last year and I will probably do it next year. A pleasant sunday morning even with that hill. In full: Hair gel last year. Shampoo and conditioner this year. Do you ever get the impresiion the organisers are taking the mick. I have no hair and they stick an evil hill in at 3K. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Lovely to see so many families running! In full: If you are a serious runner the start could be frustrating, but it is billed a fun run and the cross section of people made it a great atmosphere. Date of review: May 9, 2006