In short: Excellently organised as always In full: Very windy - the downside of the course is that there is no protection from the elements if the weather is bad. Luckily it stayed dry but the wind made some sections quite difficult. Took 6mins off my PB so was very happy with my day's work. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: My first might not be my last (",) In full: just ran the addidas half marathon at silverstone. haven't run in 7 years and have been an avid smoker of 20 a day proprely since the age of 16 didn't have a cig on the way to the race managed a time of 1:57:05 which i'm quite impressed at as everyone except my girlfriend thought i would die or come crawling over the line in about 23 hours....
The track was interesting as i've never done this before so i was fine for the first 2 miles then i kept thinking i would drop out and fade away to the back ground and no1 would notice but stubbon me kept going some sections were really windy but i kinda like the fact the sun wasn't blazing.
my first run and my first time to visit silverstone i enjoyed myself but i ache today might even give the fags up for good and start running more....
I think i might start a medal collection and maybe one day even do the big london marathon?.... Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Not as flat as everyone makes it out to be, but still a good race for PBs, I think! In full: Fantastic sunshine and blue skies made it really great! Organisation was excellent and marshalls were very encouraging and smiley! :) Was hoping the water would be in bottles and expected there to be an energy station half way round (Lucozade or something similar), but due to my own poor preparation (oops!) I didn't read up enough on the race beforehand, so didn't know there would be nothing supplied! As a result, I carried nothing, burned out and didn't get the sub-2 hours I had been hoping for...Oh well, next time! Thanks for a great day! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: nice fast course - excellent chance of a PB In full: nice friendly atmosphere and quite nice given that it is an urban area. I have my doubts about whether it is atcually the full 10k - smashed by PB by quite a way - maybe I just had a good day and it was the full 10k Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very nice day to take in Bath, better route than previously. In full: This is the first half marathon i have run with my partner (this was her first and my 10th) I enjoyed running at her pace and taking in the atmosphere of the course which was abundant in the town, but a little sparce at the far and of the lower bristol road. Only one band along the route which was disappointing, but we saw them twice! Organisation was very good, i had no problems with over crowding, and all the marshalls and drinks stations were running smoothly. Goody bad better than previous years, but would still have liked to have the t-shirt included in the pack as it was not the cheapest race to enter. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great race, ideal for beginners like me, it was my first marathon. In full: Well organised race. Good course, great value. Hope a few more people find out about it, the event deserves a bigger field. Well marshalled with loads of water stations. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Cold fast flat first Half In full: This was my first Half Marathon, so can only really compare it to the Great South Run as a 'big entry' race. The highlights for me were the wide roads, percussion band in Queens Square, ample drinks points and the enthusiastic spectators. The downsides were that biting wind, the rough road surface by the railway and the climb to the finish - I know it wasn't truly steep but it felt like it at the time. But a finish in top 25% made my day as a novice nearer 50 than 40. And laugh of the day? The woman about 2 miles from home bellowing "You can still win it!" in encouragement. Top support - thank you Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Best Sub Marathon Around In full: Despite icy conditions this race one again excelled. The course takes away with once hand (5-6 miles hill) then gives backwitha glorious switchback generally downhill 8 miles. Marshalls did an excellent job in what must have been sub zero temperatures Well done !! (I saw icicles between miles 9-11 at the side of the road) Worth 23 miles on the flat easily. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A great racing experience - let's make more people aware in future In full: A thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish (well, mainly). Great organisation, friendly runners, a smashing course , great running weather and wonderful hospitality at the end. A real delight. Some more support on the road would have been nice and probably attainable, but it seems no one in and around Dumries had any idea that the race was on - even on race day. I'd be more than glas to see this race appear on an annual basis. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Lovely city, flattish course well organised. In full: Well organised race. Three shortish uphill inclines on the lap section with a final pull up to the finish to make you feel you've earned your medal. Respect to the spectators near the finish - really encouraged me to keep pumping. PB now 1:44:57. Loo tips - there are toilets under the Rec ground stand. Travel tips - for Bristolians park at Temple Meads and take the train. Garmin showed 13.35 miles, be interested to hear if any analysis has been done on how route choice can vary the actual distance run. I didn't manage to take the most direct path as it was fairly busy. Well done Bath. No complaints. Nice city. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed it despite the cold wind In full: Well no PB for me but there were a lot of people all together at the start. Enjoyed running around the track and the drink stations were excellent. Will no doubt be back and hope for no wind. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised - first really local race for me & a PB! In full: Organisation excellent producing a PB however drinking out of plastic cups too tricky and rather than flowers for women at the end sure everyone would benefit more from something to eat!
Other than that brilliant will definitely do next year Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A few minor niggles but otherwise an enjoyable race. Needs chipped timing!! In full: My first time at what is my local event. The route passes within 1.5 miles of my house at one point, but despite this the size of the event and parking made it one of the more painful ones to get to. Thought charging £2 for parking after a fairly steep entrance fee was a liberty. Needs to get with the times and start chipped timing. For the price I'd expect it to be included. If Helsby can manage it for a smaller and cheaper event, why can't Wilmslow?? Water out of bottles next year please not plastic cups which you can't drink from. The sponges were a good touch though. That's got the negatives out of the way. The race itself was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Well organised, friendly, great for novices, route through stunning countryside, great atmosphere at the start and finish and at various points along the way. Loved the way lots of children had set up their own waterstations outside their houses, really put a smile on your face. Was tempted to yell obscenities at the group with a Cheshire Hunt banner though, and even worse things at the swines who had set up a BBQ and were stood there drinking beer - not fair guys!! A good flat fast course makes it great PB potential and I surpassed mine by 1 minute. Did anybody else think the mile markers at the end were dodgy?? Having run between 7 and 7.5 minute miles all the way, it took me nearly 10 minutes to finish from the 12 mile mark. I know I will have slowed, but not by that much. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Ouchhhhh,Brrrrrrrrrrr, Wow. In full: V well organised race, ambulances and marshalls and drink stations (with dextrose tabs at some)everywhere, I have never run a 6 mile LONG hill before but probably will again next year! I got a PB purely by going slow for 8 miles at start, I caught everyone up who overtook me at begining and overtook them at 17M, great psychologically! I hope I still edge on the side of caution next year now I know the course so I dont blow up at end like so many did. DO THIS RACE IF YOU ARE BRAVE ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!its scarey.. Date of review: March 20, 2006