In short: Good race with fantastic marshalls and pleasant course In full: The race was run in near hurricane conditions but was well worth the effort due to the courageous and jolly marshalls throughout the course who done a great job of directing everyone. Pleasant course and only slightly undulating would make this a pretty good shot at a P.B. on a better day. Only slight grumble would be the ridiculous start position Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: A goody In full: Always been put off by the non-traffic free aspect of this race. Shouldn't have worried - it wasn't a problem. Well organised, nice scenery and a pretty quick course. And my first PB in 3 years. Just a little clarification of where the actual finish line is would be nice. Well done to all concerned. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Cruel Finish And No Bananas In full: Relaxed and friendly romp along the flat. But running into the wind was hard going - running uphill is easier. It decided me against doing any other coastal runs in the cold season! Worse point, however, was having to run past the finish before turning round and coming back. Is it possible to organise it differently? Best point: the medal is beautiful. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Enjoyable race, good to chat with runners and marshalls. Certainly was undulating. In full: No signposting to car park, I travelled up and down Fairlands Way trying to find the Showground. Transport to start was good. Thought start could have been on the track, maybe do one lap and then out of the gates - it was bottleneck. My wife and son ran in the fun run and got lost - as did others - no or few marshalls to direct themm Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: A well-marshalled race let down by very poor facilities at the start, poor car and public transport access and a shambles of a start. I am definitely reconsidering its current inclusion in our club road race series. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Character building In full: My second go at this race and, even though I was slower than last year, I enjoyed it more. Running in the wind and rain made it a memorable experience. There's something heroic - or insane - about running in these sort of conditions. The marshalls deserve a mention - they were all cheerful despite the wet. The only small gripe was that the changing area and toilets were too small for the number of runners. You can always tell the latter is the case when you see large numbers of blokes, and the occassional brave woman, disappearing in the bushes just before the start. The baggage area was well organised but wet. On the whole though everyone was really cheerful and encouraging and this made it a good experience. I really felt I'd earnt a glass of wine (or 4) and second and third helpings of Sunday lunch. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Brilliant marshalls... In full: ...but sadly the horrible weather conditions exposed a few problems with this race. Race HQ was too small, my bag was wetter than I was at the end of the race and there were holes in the organisation at race HQ (e.g. announcing for volunteers to hold the time placards at the start of the race just doesn't come over very well). Also, it was very unclear where the start line actually was, I think only those at the front must have known. We used the parking we were e-mailed about 2 days before the event (Barnwell), it was unclear how to get to the start of the race from the parking, the young cadets didn't really know either and it was further than 5 minutes away! Saying all that, the course was fine and the marshalls were extremely smiley and encouraging! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Fast with the wind, lightning on a still day (not today but still v quick). In full: Nice atmosphere easy going event. Well marshalled, pleasant views, sea air and PB potentional even with the wind. See you next year! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: My first half, so I didn't really know what to expect. Overall a really nice day. In full: Needed twice the number of loos and a bit more thought as to the baggage area (why not advise people in the race instructions to attach a tag to your bag with your runner number so you can just dump it rather than queue for ages?). No idea where the start line was.
As for the positives, the marshals were fantastic, the PA system was very helpful (and it gives you such a boost having your name read out as you approach the finish), and the route was quite nice.
I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Hilly, wet and tough; a nice day out In full: I heard rumours beforehand about this being a really tough Half Marathon. Well, they were right. But it was more a triathlon: a run, with a swim through the puddles/rain, and a bit of climbing thrown in instead of the cycling.
I can usually recall how many hills I ran up/down, but not today. However, the one around the 8 mile mark will forever hold a special place in my memory. I'm sure I saw a Yeti at one point, but I imagine I was just delirious from the pain.
Despite the tough course, the awful weather, and the narrow lanes, I managed to post a new PB so something must've gone right.
Organisation was good, and the marshals were a great encouragement. Water stops were frequent but in my view superfluous - you just had to open your mouth and look up!
I'll be doing this one again next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: well organised local race, good mix of abilities & scenary In full: This was the second year I ran this race & will no doubt be back next year. It was well marshalled and the cource gives a variety. But please next year, no more chocolate medals, what was that all about? Date of review: November 6, 2005