In short: fairly fast, flat and scenic In full: Nice route and well marshalled en-route. Good police presence closing off the few roads that you actually cross.
The big benefit of this is that there's no traffic or bouncing up and down kerbs. Race is done on MK's red routes and cycle paths.
Really fast and flat first 8 miles but a few more smallish ups and downs over the last few miles. Fairly scenic route through MK villages and lakes. Well worth a try and great for pre London marathon training.
The only down side was that there was too much congestion at the finish line as there were only two people recording the finshers. Took me 1:46 to run 13.1 miles and then another 10 minutes to do the next 20 yards! - please sort this out for next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Perfect run! In full: A great run, quick start down hill with only moderate hill at the end - defiante PB potential I got one today 4 mins off my last half so well chuffed!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: windy In full: As my first marathon i have nothing to compare it to,but all in all a really GOOD DAY. Marshals were really good,and non biasd,offering encouragement to all,on what for them must have been a really cold day,a big thank you, and well done to you all. Shame about the wind,but all in all a good race, well organised,well marshaled, and well fed at the end. A big thank you also to the catering staff at the Hotel,who were rushed off their feet. And of course the Hotel for a fine venue. Hope to see you all next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well worth the (short) trip and well organised. Where were the 't' shirts?? In full: Excellent hard training run with suitably difficult terrain and a viscious bloody wind over the last 3 miles of each lap!!!!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fab support all around the course which can be surprisingly quick. Weather much better than anticipated.Did it last year and will most likely do again next year. The Horse Brass mounted on the Martingdale is very different. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Weather dependent race with notorious hills. In full: Organisation is beginning to creak as a result of popularity. Poor olicing of pens at the satrt lead to scrappy first mile. Prizes are peculiar (horsebrass. Hills continue beyond mile 5 despite advetising blurb. Very fast course despite this. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: There may be hills but the great atmosphere will help you through In full: My first half marathon. Wow! how much fun is this??! Helped hugely by very encouraging crowds all the way round and a beautiful crisp sunny day. The hills were quite tough and just when you thought you had climbed the last one....there was another, but what goes up must comes down and there is some even more serious down hills to be had. My only reservation would be that 4500 people is probably a few too many - it was quite a squash. I would highly recommend this half marathon even if its your first, they will only be easier from then on! Wont they..? Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Weather dependent race that has viscious hills. In full: Race organisation is beginning to creak with popularity. Pens at the start need attention, prizes are peculiar (horsebrasses) which have almost no use. The course is quick but hills continue well past mile 5 despite tthe advertising blurb. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great organisation. no fuss no frills, just good. In full: My first trip to an old established event. Very good marshalls all the way round. Location of water stations wasn't mentioned on the bumf - could have done with knowing that but that's all. Tough course, I thought - gentle slopes become hills until the last lap seems like e fell race! Very pleased with my achievemnt and MEDAL!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Always an enjoyable race but the crush at the start and finish was deeply unpleasant and needs attention. Couldn't get near the hot drinks at the end. Surprisingly quick race though given the hills Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A challenging course but well worth it for the views. Good atmosphere, lovely weather. This was my first hastings race and had heard alot about the course but it was a real pleasure to take part despite all the hills. Would love to come back. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fast and fairly flat, surprisingly scenic but bits of organisation a pain for some In full: Quite surprised by the route - through nice villages, round lakes, through parks and down quiet walkways, I almost thought it would be good to live here, if only for the mass of flat training routes!
Start was a little unorganised with no clock, no obvious line to cross and no timing chips and the hooter was a bit of a surprise too! Race field spread out nicely and there was little need to dodge other runners, or pedestrians and the Police and marshalls seemed to keep the cars at bay too.
Route was mostly flat although various short ramps to get from sub-terranian paths up to road level, and it did allow you to get into a good rythm for most of the race, but then again there were a number of twisty and turny sections and tight corners.
Lucazade sport stations great, although a few more volunteers needed for next year - the water stations were a different story and completely useless because of the plastic cups. If you want to guarantee keeping hydrated and don't want to walk while drinking, I'd recommend running with a water pack.
Finish was fine for me, although again with no timing system it was a little vague and i'm interested to know if and how they managed to record any kind of accurate time. Felt sorry for people finishing a little later as the bottle neck and queue to get over the "line" would have been really demoralising for me - the look of dispair on the face of the bloke struggling to beat 2 hrs when he couldn't even finish the distance said it all.
Overall, many more plusses than minuses - Open University campus was great and the leftover crates of lucazade at the end made the whole event much better value for money!!!
See you all next year! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Decent race let down by poor officials In full: The marshalls were miserable and failed to give hardly any support. At the end, the funnel and organisation was shambolic with insufficient officials who I overheard saying that they "loved it" after shouting at some ladies as they were getting out of finishing order in the line. Having finished a 1/2 marathon you don't need a little hitler thinking he is important when you are having to stand in the cold due to their poor orginisation.
The race was quick and a decent course but the finish when tired was annoying. Date of review: March 12, 2006