In short: Lovely, Challenging, Well Marshalled and Organised. In full: Really good race to participant it. Got it all in there, Hills, Ups & Downs, Fast Flats, Beautiful Scenery, Plenty of Water Stations, Regular Mile Markers, Good Crowds, Even almost got trampled down by a Runaway Horse, Did anyone else see that? Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nice Half Marathon for First Timers In full: Nice first Half Marathon for Tirst Timers like myself. Guess what: Ran my PB :-). Training for April. Didn't mind the hills to much, and because of the proximity to London will come back next year. Fun to cross the M25 twice and smile at all the cars .... Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Fast and Not as Flat as I thought it was last year. In full: Amazingly there is 1144 feet of climbing in this race according to my mates Garmin & Motionbsed. Still only one water station at mile 4 (needs another at, say, 7.5). Air quality is an issue and lots of traffic although so well marshalled and policed none gets in your way. Superb T-Shirt and Race HQ. Very enjoyable. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A challenging course through lovely scenery In full: Well marshalled with lots of water stations. Lots of hills, but the views from the top made it worthwhile. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: I just love this race! In full: 3rd year in succession for me, and i will keep coming back. The organisation is simply as good as it gets. Good pre-race pack (wish more organisers would include the course profile); excellent marshalling and signposting; plenty of drinks; even separate stalls for different T-shirt sizes. Every little detail seems to have been thought of.
It's a tough course - about as hard as a road half marathon gets. Some of the hills are brutal. But once you get out into the countryside after 3 miles it's lovely and scenic and a pleasure to run. Perfect preparation for a spring marathon.
Weather today was just perfect - blue skies, no wind, chilly without being cold - and that helped with the congestion at the start (which has been a problem in previous years) by letting people run on the grass in the park.
It's justifiably popular and must also congratulate the organisers for not increasing the limit on the number of runners - it's the perfect size, giving you lots of company as you go round without creating any logjams. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Now that I have had a nap and have recovered a bit I can write my review! In full: Nice countryside, well organised and as someone has already said more water would be good. And oh .......the hills are quite a challenge. A civiised 10.30 start is a bonus! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: good race for a p.b In full: Start was good for me near the front, the course is ideal gradual incline to just before halfway and great to run back faster than going out. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Enjoyed it and ran well, but could be better In full: I ran a PB (taking 17mins off my previous best) but that was more to do with my training than the course, which due to a few steep inclines is not the quickest you will find.
I had a problem getting a drink at both the 2nd and 3rd water stations and felt they could have been better organised - the first had tables on both sides of the road, why didn't the other two?
There were also roads with cars on the same side of the road as you and I didn't enjoy running in amongst the exhaust fumes.
On the whole I would recommend it, the facilities were good and the overall management of that number of runners seemed good. Date of review: February 5, 2006