In short: My first hill race. Hard work, but very rewarding. In full: Between 1 and 3 miles I really wondered what I was doing in this race. I had underestimated the intensity of the first climb. However, the sun was shining and I looked up for a few moments to take in an amazing view across Aberdeenshire. If only I could take the time to stop and look around. No such luck - there was two more peaks and another 4 miles home!
Organisation was great. Well done to all involved at Garioch Road Runners. I particularly enjoyed the home bakes and a cup of tea at the finish.
Off to Hellrunner in a couple of weeks, but it has a lot to live up to better Bennachie. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Stunning In full: Marvelous, couldn't fault it in any meaningful way. One suggestion now its chip timed - put timer mats at the start and finish of the steep hill at the start and the mile 17, 18, 19 and 20(!) hill and give a "king of the mountains" jersey/prize to the fastest over them. Loved it, will recommend it. A perfect antidote to fighting through the crowds in London, New York, Paris, Newcastle...... Cheers to the Ozzie guy who went from his final training run in 28deg in Brisbane to this and ran with me for about 10 miles at 8 min pace (I was the one in the red t-shirt). Huge respect to the guy running breathing through a stoma (fast bu**er as you were). Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful In full: My first marathon. Loved it from start to finish what with the organisation, the scenery and the fantastic support from the crowds. The afterglow from this one will sustain me for quite some time. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: This race is brilliant! In full: Beautiful scenery, great organisation, course is hard work but really satisfying. Can't fault the whole weekend, absolutely fantastic (big PB helps)-accommodation booked for next year already. Big thanks to the organisers! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Half Marathon is still fast and flat despite the new course - PB every year so far! In full: Good race and well organised although new route means the leaders in the 1/2 have to come back through the tailenders at about the 7 mile marker and therefore everyone is going for the same drink station but from opposite directions - could be a few collisions!!! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Wonderful course & very well organised. Goody bag terrific and wonderful touch to fininsh on track in stadium. Only downside was 1st 2K bottleneck in narrow lanes. Might have helped having anticipated time posts at start again. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Good run with friendly bunch of people In full: Excellent organisation and course was a surprise along cycle tracks often through wooded areas. If you haven't done this 10K give it a go. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenery, easy course and really friendly In full: Agree with the bottleneck in the first 2K - missed the time graded start from last year. Bring back the sticky tape for the Champion chips, really slowed everything down at the finish having to undo shoes laces to get them off. Weather was excellent and everyone very helpful. Nice T-shirt and goody bag. Definately run it next year Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Hard In full: As a middle of the pack runner who has done many half marathons and 10k’s I decided to run the A race with a number of my friends. The scenery, marshalling and organisation was excellent and it certainly offers a great challenge. There was a number of water stations and at one point a marshal was even giving out jelly babies! For me there was only one down side in that I usually enter big events with lots of atmosphere and as such found running with so few other runners hard at times.
If you want a different challenge I recommend this to you!
In short: good family atmosphere with 10, 6 & 3 together. In full: Excellent goodie bag...could have done without the banal commentary...nice marshalls especially the guy with the stick! Lack of toilets. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Where was the chocolate? In full: Okay, so I live in Bristol and could feasibly have dashed home for my chocolate fix but the goody bag was obviously having a lean year! I must be getting blase when I don't notice the weather, cobbles (harsh Bristol city council, most harsh!) or cracking organisation. I did however notice the medal - what a corker! This was my fourth Bristol and the medals are getting bigger each year, it's only a matter of time before we all receive souvenir painted manhole covers! It was a good Sunday trot out with plenty of company and refreshment but Bristol want to take a tip from Bath and have a big stack of mint Aeros just the other side of the finish line then course records would be broken! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Two years of running - my seventh half marathon race, and first entry in such a large event with 12,000 starters. Really enjoyed the whole experience, and beat my previous PB by over 8mins - chuffed to bits!! Will definitely enter next year's race. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Tough course gives huge sense of achievement! In full: Why would anyone want to plod round Macadamed city streets when there is this? Fantastic countryside, sterling organisation and friendly atmosphere. Does running get better than this? Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Those f*****g cobbles - arghhhhhh In full: My second half marathon, great weather, great support, well organised. Unlike the Bath Half I wasn't slowed down by the slow runners/walkers, in fact there were quite a few runners around me at the start (1.30-1.40) that finished about the same time as me. I see from my finishing position on the day, and my final placing, that at least 50 faster runners finished behind me - I was at the back of my zone so I presume all of these runners were in the wrong zone. Basically if you left it a bit late before joining the starting line up you'd struggle to get to the correct zone - inevitable I suppose with such a large number of runners. Certainly Scooby Doo should have been asked to move by the organisers or given a few more scooby snacks!!. Apart from the torturous cobbles I don't have any real complaints about the course. Looking forward to next years race. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Worth it for the atmosphere alone, plus a chance to meet an olympic gold medallist (and wonderful lady), In full: The atmosphere was terrific. Plenty of support, Andy O'Sullivan rallying you along at the end (is there anyone he doesn't know?). Dame Mary Peters is a lovely, naturally warm person who signed autographs, stood for photos, presented awards (to all abilities, not just the super fast) and generally did everything possible to make this a memorable event.
Started at Springhill Hospice, Rochdale, took a circular route of 4.5 undulating miles (a bit longer than the advertised 4.3). A 78 year old lady completed the course, as did a former miss UK and a lady who has battled cancer 3 times.
The field was a complete mixture from 5' to 13' pace.
Pictures at http://www.rochdaleharriers.co.uk/marypeters/index.html Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: First ever marathon if the rest are organised as well as this I've been converted In full: Fantastic views, friendly runners, so very well organised,marshalls deserve a pat on the back, few spectators but those who made the effort were greatfully received by everyone and to top it off started with a pipe band with a lone piper around half way. Thankyou Inverness i'm already looking forward to next year. Who needs city/town marathons! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Nice course but the organisation is getting worse year on year - I know it's a charity event but does that mean we have to expect below par organisation? In full: The first year (2003) was great, the race started on time, the local running club turned out as marshalls, there were 2 quartets to play us round - all in all a jolly good day (forgetting the hills). Last year the race was delayed by 30 mins but all the marshalls were in place - the "goody bag" didn't materialise and a cheap & nasty looking medal was attained. To be honest, I'd rather Cancer Research kept the money they spend on momentos and put it towards developing research. This year the race was delayed again by 30 minutes and they were asking for 12 people to volunteer as marshalls on the day - bad planning or what? Then some mad man in a 4x4 decided to drive across the course into 2000 odd runners! I enjoy the course but will probably do the official Blenheim 10k later in the month next year Date of review: October 3, 2005