In short: Absolutely fabulous race, well organised and very friendly feel from both runners and marshals alike. Use of showers at end and goody bag. Lovely small scale race not yet overtaken by the profit making side of things. (ps 2005 but no option on menu!) Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: course was good last bit a bit dismal but very pooor organization In full: First half of course was hilly but nothing too major as a first half marathon would be good as atmosphere is great. I did it as my first marathon and i am slow so second half was hard as fewer people around and last 7 miles is tough around Holm pierpont as it is lonely and you get a bad headwind from the lake, also long coned section means running back on yourself. Unfortunately the organisation was dismal in that race packs were late out so mine did not arrive in time, also at end of 5.30hrs slog they had no medals or panels left, very disheartening and car park was 20 min walk away at end and no shuttle running for late finishers. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: An extremely tough little road race but well worth the trip, very freindly bunch and excellent results service and beer facilities at the end...what more could you want?! Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Great race - deserves more runners! In full: It's a tough undulating course and, as I don't plan to run all that many marathons, that's the only reason I put "maybe" down as to whether I'd run it again. In many ways this was the best race I've ever run. Organisation was fantastic - road closed for first 3 miles or so until field thins out; endless supply of well-manned and well-positioned drink (and sponge) stations; clear mile markers; plenty of marshalls and police riders; good local support (pleased to see so many Welsh flags around the course); hot food afterwards (pasta and rice dishes); gold-plated medal. Deserves to become a big event. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: What a great morning! In full: This was my first half. Being so close to home I just couldn't resist it and it didn't disappoint.
The atmosphere was 200% better than the Hydro Active in Hyde Park. This was partly thanks to the wonderful Marshalls were brilliant and the people who live on Radford Road were really supportive as well.
Great race for your debut half. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Lots of fun....must now arrange to attend numerous fancy dress parties to make use of my new furry outfit... In full: You'd be bananas to pass this up. An incredible event organised superbly well by what seemed like a small team of patient 'Fossey Fund' folk on the day, and with numerous marshals to help out too. One tiny recommendation that would optimise the charity profit and leave a lasting memory for everyone in the future, would be to make more of the photograph opportunities - on the EventEurope website I found no images of my own cricket-playing gorilla guise and had been looking forward to ordering these after the event! However, an amazing day, especially jumping out with a big roar in front of unsuspecting pedestrians along the way... Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A well organised race In full: Great scenery, good atmosphere, ok the course is hard in places but thats all part of the challenge! Very good value race with excellent organisation. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A challenging but special course In full: A very enjoyable but challenging race. This year I failed again to achieve my target (sub 2 hours) but this makes we want to go back and level the score next year! The support at the start, at the 6 mile point (where it was uphill) and at the end was marvelous. That last mile did seem to go on forever. A spectator shouted out to me "only 5 miles to go" at 8 miles - that made my legs ache!
Perhaps the organisers would consider an earlier start as it was very hot again this year out on the course.
My wife ran the fun run which she enjoyed, however was concerned that there was no water station enroute. Yes it's only 2.5 miles, but it was a very hot day. It would have been good to see the results from the fun run posted on the website.
In short: Some tough hills in the first 'half' and a killer at the end which together with the scenery makes it a really challenging but rewarding run. One of those races that you enjoy more as time passes after finishing! I’ll definitely do it again…sometime. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: an enjoyable race will be back next year. In full: Really appreciated the great encouragement from all the marshalls. The start line was a 5/10 minute walk from the race hq and with no indications were it was, this led to some confusion amongst new runners to the event. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Fantastic course, last long climb a bit of a burner but hope it stays in the course next year so I can train for it. The support I recieved was fantastic, 10 out of 10! Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A race through suburban Wimbledon. In full: A race through suburban Wimbledon. No drinks station in running strange, especially given high entry fee (£15 on the day). Plenty of parking a plus. Surprising lack of marshalls at some quite busy junctions, otherwise organisation good.
Watch out for street furniture/other obstacles - I saw a runner hurt himself. The hill other postings mention was not too bad and compensated by nice fast downhill stretch.
Competitors get money off their Audi service and spares! Date of review: September 27, 2005