In short: Excellent little race In full: I entered this at the last minute, and im really glad i did. Not the most scenic of courses in places, but hey I guess thats daventy. The A roads on the way back into the finish just made the corse quicker in my book. A few good rural hills thrown in the middle made it a excellent local race for a sunday morning. The yellow t-shirt has helped keep me safe on winter nights too! Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Excellant feeling and steady run, back next year In full: My first Half. Wow, not a problem for me. I arrived early to get a parking space in a nearby car park. As a result no probs getting out. Plenty of refreshments on the course. Maybe more mile markers. But, hey I enjoyed it and thats all that matters to me. Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Typical of Edinburgh! In full: I am from Edinburgh and have run in races all over Britain, although it pains me to say it Glasgow is "smiles" better! (to quote an old saying). The Edinburgh public are really rubbish when it comes to supporting runners, in Glasgow people at the side of the road cheer everyone, I had the same experience in Dublin, no matter who you are. Edinburgh folk are just so glum. Why is that? I am from Edinburgh and I'm not glum! Maybe it is because I am a runner and know how important it is to have cheering when you are tired.
Anyway, enough of that, I have read lots of the comments and agree on the whole with them. yes it was a disaster at the end, and yes cips would have been better, but it was not so long ago that we didn't have chips, I remember losing my first one in a huge puddle in the Glasgow Half marathon and thinking what a stupid idea these things were! I suspect the numbers of people just caught the organisers out. I have to say though even in the old days I don't remember such a long wait at the end of a run.
Running for me is about being free and fit and enthusiastic for life, I try to be happy and not grumble, okay the run was a disaster, but the organisers have acknowledged this and I applaud them for that, it was even in the Evening News. Lets give them another chance, I will probably do it again.
As for not getting a t-shirt, I have so many I only ever wear them after the race and then they go in the drawer. I only ever wear the t-shirts that mean lots, like my first marathon, tri-athlon etc. There really is more to running than getting a t-shirt, it is about self-esteem and achievement, well it is for me and I've been running to 20 years.
As long as the organisers learn from mistakes and correct them then it has potential to be a nice run. Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Good scenery necessitating a lot of climbing;my E.Anglian upbringing was sorely tested In full: Although reduced to a walk after half a mile, the downhills sections started to catch up the uphill ones, and you could begin to enjoy the run and the views, especially looking right down on Cheltenham and its famous racecourse. The tithe barn provided one of the more rustic settings for changing/tea room. Do have a cake at the end. Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed it!! In full: Great day!! For all those that don't like early starts, think you are in the wrong sport. Getting up early and having rest of day is the beauty of these events. The scenery was amazing and getting to see all the people in front doglegging back and cheering each other on was amazing. I don't understand whether some people do it just for the t-shirt and the goodie bag?? Perfect weather, nice breeze, not happy?? Go back to your treadmill!!! Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: I have done the 40 mile race three times and each time I get slower but it is a great race and well worth doing. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to try and ultra distance race Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Mud, mud & more mud!! In full: Wear appropriate footwear for this one.....not track shoes like I had on!! A great race with a good atmosphere. I also gave 100% for scenery as If you'd have been able to see it I'm sure it would hae been great. Let down badly by the marshall on the first coach who told a load of us not to take any bags/clothing onto the bus with us as we couldn't leave it there. Ended up freezing for 20 minutes on the hill-top before the start. In fact there were cars to take your gear back to the finish. Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Enjoyed the early monring start! In full: Came down from N. London and enjoyed it very much. Everyone was friendly and i had no trouble with traffic and the marshalls were friendly. Website stated no water stations but usually carry my own anyway. Came in a lot quicker than husband thought, and he missed my moment of glory sprinting (well, felt like it!) down to the finish line. Hill didn't bother me toooo much. Will do it again. First time to get my medal engraved. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Why I enjoyed 20 miles (21 miles actually, as several of us went the wrong way) so much I do not know. It was hard, but great fun and a very, very friendly race. See you next year. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: A muddy, hilly and well organised event In full: Another great success for Overton Harriers - well organised and supported by local marshalls, whose enthusiasm wasn't dampened by the weather conditions!
Welcoming atmosphere to all who took part. great training run for those training for a spring marathon
In short: Good run - well organised In full: Well organised, great atmosphere. Weather was against the race for the day but the going was fine once you were doing it. The twice round laps made it a bit repetitive and once you got to the 5k bit it was slightly demotivating to know that the Fun Runners had had their fun and were heading off in one direction whilst you went around and did it again!"! But - no other way around it - bets use of the course there. Excellent run after the Winter break and will def do it again next year - escpecially as it's just over the road!! Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Update In full: This is my second post on this one but fair play to Race Director/organisers - they have put a message on their website basically saying it was a 'king shambles. For me, their recognition of the issues and that they will take them on board probably means I will do it again next year (but you only get one second chance!) Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: One of the more scenic rural races. In full: The hills were not to demanding.This course has PB potential.This was my fastest half for 2 years. A pity about the 2nd rate memento. However the trophies were good. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Too many runners trying to squeeze into a small start. In full: I lined up at my hoped for finish time, what a mistake, I was slowed down from the start by slower runners in front of me. Last year with fewer runners I managed to get through quite early on, but not this time. A personal worst. On a positive note the support around the course was great, but it didn't make up for the disappointment of my poor performance which was only slightly better than last year. I may try again. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Reality check In full: Yes, there were some serious short-comings which have already been well reported which need to be ironed out should the event be held again. I suspected it was going to go pear-shaped when my runners pack (for a 4000 entrant half)arrived with no chip. But: 1. Thanks to all the volunteer marshalls and helpers who did their best under trying circumstances. I hope they will not be discouraged from helping again - without these good folks, there is no race. 2. This wasn`t the Edinburgh half, it was the Forthside half, so no more nonsense please about the course missing the delights of Edinburgh`s sights. 3. There was no T-shirt advertised, so why complain about not getting one? You pays your money, you takes your choice. 4. My goody bag consisted of the bag itself (a duffle bag thingy which my daughter intends to use for school gym), water, cereal bar and banana - what else do you expect ?- Pandoras` box ? 5. I arrived from Aberdeen 90 mins before the start, and was on the road North 10 mins after I finished. A little bit of common sense and resourcefulness would solve certain issues. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: I simply love this race - my only quibble was the long queue in the cold to get my bag from the collection tent. But everyone should run this route! Here's to next year Date of review: March 30, 2006