In short: The sun always shines on Atlantic College! In full: Very easy to find (always a bonus for me!), beautiful location, millions of well organised marshalls (and particularly enthusiastic at 9km!), and a top new momento for the collection - a mug this time! There are lumps and bumps, but if you make the most of the downhills, you won't be held up. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Big hill, nice race! In full: Well organised race, good marshalling and no problems with traffic. Not doing it before was a benefit, as even half way up the hill I was convinced we would turn before the top. Then at 3 miles it all got betterand away we went!! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: A pleasant run along the coast, but bad start & finish organization In full: The run itself was quite fast and flat, although a bit windy, and pleasant views along the coast (when not in the Leith dock area!).
The start and finish were very badly organized. Hard to know where to stand at the start (timing bands not clear at all - should be larger and higher), so all the slower runners seemed to be at the front! The finish queue backed well up beyond the finish, making times slower, and it took ages for exhausted runners to get out of the finish area to food, drink and warm clothing!
Volunteers along the course could have been better organized - water laid out in advance. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great race with a superb atmosphere. Will defo do again! In full: My only critisismn would be that some of the turns and roads were a bit narrow in places for the number of runners. I saw two runners fall because of this very fact! Apart from this....the race was well supported & expertly marshalled. Great fun and met lots of happy runners, particulary at the end in the stadium. Felt like I was taking part in the olympics! PS> Knocked 15 minutes off my PB! See you next year for the 25th Reading Half Marathon. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Well organised with pretty fast course - well worth doing In full: Had trouble finding Hose as no map or directions with race number but thanks to a nice lady at the village hall found my way there eventually. Nicely organised with plenty of room at the start. Not completely flat course but i guess as flat as you can get for a rural course. Plenty of water stops for those in need of it. A definite possibility for a PB - well i managed one anyway. No medal at the finish but a t-shirt and certificate. Now i know where Hose is would definitely do it again.... Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Very very good race In full: All in all this was a well organised race and was made especially memorable by the number of locals who turned-out in support (although I wish the group of cigarette smoking specators who nearly choked my lungs around mile 10 had stayed at home). No problems with toilet q's- less than 1 min wait if you moved down along the line of cabins but I admit that they were too far away from the start and a few along the side of the starting line would have been useful. Can't believe the huge number of people who insist on standing in a completely unrealistic time slot at the start persisting in delaying those who really want to achieve a good time. I watched one girl who blocked my path in the sub 2 hr area finishing in 2hrs 50mins.. Perhaps more emphasis on this from the stewards would help.. The last 2 mile were really tough - especially doubling back on ourselves. I'm sure the organisers could find somewhere more interesting to make us run around along the course next year. Only other problem was the placement of the first water station in the university grounds.. The booklet said this would be on the left, instead it was on the right, on a right hand bend causing lots of runners to cut across others nearly bringing down more than a few.. All this being said I really enjoyed the event and managed a PB. I will definitely return next year as the finish is the most amazing that you can experience! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Lots of improvements on previous events. This just keeps getting better In full: Had a great time. The buses worked & the arrangement at the stadium was far better. Lots of toilets as usual. Could have done with more at the start though. My wife did a PB and I, with no speed training, did a Sub 2hr which was my aim. Only downside was the burger at the end was burnt and cost £2.60, not the organizers fault that though. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great race and the hot cross bun at the end just makes the whole day In full: Absoluetly a top notch race from start to finish, everything was just so well organised and loads of fun. Our late entry was processed in no time. The car park was well sign posted and there were marshalls leading the way (local cadets, thanks). There was plenty of space in the main hall, a place to leave your bags and the queues for the loos weren't too bad either. The start is a bit of a walk from the hall, but again well organised. There was a timing car at the start that was also at the end.
The race itself was great, through villages and countryside with the odd car, but well marshalled throughout. There is one longish hill and a short steep hill around the 5k mark, but otherwise fairly flat. The only problem on the course was the last km of which aobut 500m is along a single track path where it is a bit hazardous to pass or be passed. A bit twisty turney in the last bit, but the final 100m is wide and grassy.
Once across the line things were very smooth. A medal, a hot cross bun and then the water.
All in all a wonderful experience and will be back next year. Thanks to all the organisers and marshalls that obviously work so hard to make it work so well. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great race - organisers make a real effort for runners to enjoy the event In full: Great race - 2nd time at the event, really enjoyed, my nephew did the childrens fun run and really enjoted himself as well Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: I like this one ! In full: This is a nice, easy morning out. Plenty of on site parking. Toilets OK. Enough runners, but not too many. A decent course, not flat, but not too taxing. 1/2 mile markers are a good idea. The t shirt's fine, too. What do you expect for the money you paid ? Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Good race ,pretty well organised over a pretty challenging course In full: Good race and pretty decent course to challenge you, the kids fun run was however quite superb with all finishers gaining a medal, sports drink, energy bar and banana and incredibly there was no entrance fee , amazing encouragement for all aspirinig junior athletes. Fantastically commendable Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Fantastc family outing In full: Brilliant organisation and well marshalled. Course was undulating but never offputting. Missed a few kilometer markers so difficult to guage pace at times (probably my fault looking at distractions) Childrens fun run was good for the kids but the winner looked like a bone-fide adult. Overall very enjoyable, well done Flitwick! Date of review: April 9, 2006