In short: spectacular setting, but ohhhhh those hills....... In full: Long mean hill near the start was good for the warm up, but second time round.......well that was just cruel. The long run downhill with the grand house in view made it all worthwhile. Didn't spot Lord Bath cheering us on though... Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Fantastic Race! In full: What a great day I had, orgnisation was good, facilities were fantastic, race was very enjoyable, to top it all I cracked a PB and also hit a long standing target of getting under the 50 minute mark. All told a very good day!
In short: A steep re-introduction In full: The first race I've run for 8 years and although I'd read course descriptions the hills still came as a shock. On the whole the race was very enjoyable and seemed well organised but I'd agree with comments about insufficient toilet facilities, my partner had to queue for ages and almost missed the start - while I resorted to that great outdoor urinal of a nearby tree (sorry, Lord Bath). Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Great race, scenic gently undulating route. Everyone very friendly, marshalls and runners alike. In full: Great race and would definitely do it again. Very pretty route.
Other people have complained about the slow, crowded start. I queued up by the 90-100 minute "start line", only to find no-one behind me and everyone else crowded down by the official start line. I then had to spend the first few miles of the race over-taking slower people. If everybody was honest and queued up where they should have been, it wouldn't have been such a problem. Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Lovely country run In full: Hills not as bad as I thought they would be. Hadn't trained on hill and managed to run them all. Lovely sunny day - great scenery. Recommended! Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Great first half marathon In full: I thoroughly enjoyed my first half marathon race though would prefer no hills....but wouldn't everyone! Good camaraderie and well organised I thought with lots of smiley and clapping marshalls. Parking could have been tricky if you were late...but what can you expect with 2000 people! We got there for 9.30am and parked without a problem in the college. Abundance of toilets as someone else has mentioned but typically too many people simply queued at the nearest one to the main hall without investigating other ones. I managed several trips to some based through the canteen (which were well signed) and on each visit got straight in without queuing! Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: As my first half marathon I really enjoyed it. In full: Some of the hills were a bit of a challenge especially the last one but it was very enjoyable and I would do it again next year. Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Loved it! In full: I really like this race. It was the first 10k I ever did in 2005. I was delighted to knock 7 minutes off last year's time and managed to complete a sub-60 10k after 12 months efforts. I also was directed to the toilets before the race by Tracey Morris and congratulated at the end by Nell McAndrew so it was a star-studded day! Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Always good for a pb. In full: Forgot about the fact that it's slightly uphill for the first half so my strategy for a sub-45 mins went slightly astray. Still a 45.37 pb though, and I'll be back next year (injuries permitting!) Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Wot no car parking??? In full: As with last year all the car parks were full and we had to park (sorry!) outside someones house quite a walk away. The race itself was lovely I have to say (got a PB!) but it was a little messy where you come over the line and no-one knows where to go for t-shirts/drinks. It would be nice to have had a bag storage in the park since although it was a beautiful day it cooled down very quickly. Very disappointed however it is Tuesday morning and there is no sign of the results!!?? Date of review: February 7, 2006