In short: I actually didn't think this was too bad! In full: OK - organisation wasn't great (particularly pre-race info) but I think you should kind of expect this for 10 squid personally and especially when you enter a race with only 200 people that is not affiliated with any running group or athletic group. If I enter a race for 20 quid or more and 5000+ runners I would expect much better (more professional?!)organisaton, more mashals etc. Most of the cash was supposed to go charity - Breast Cancer volunteers were out in force handing out brochures etc so I quite liked that aspect of it. As for the goodie bag - does anyone ever use anything that they get a goodie bag anyway?? Most goodie bags are just filled with phamphlets and if you are lucky maybe a Mars Bar or just a fruit loaf (Reading Half 2005 - very strange!) Did everyone expect a new and useful utensil instead of a glasses case and drink bottle (good for runners no?) I've never found anything valuable or worthwhile in a goodie bag! Anyway I did find that due to the low numbers that it didn't have that "fun run" type feel - a lot of people looked like they were from professional clubs and I did cross my mind once or twice that perhaps I could perhaps maybe come last in the race! Yeah it was muddy, the race wasn't quite 10kms but I actually had quite a good day out with my 2 mates and while standing out in the cold waiting for it to start actually met a few people. Maybe won't do it again but it provided variety from the races I have usually participated in. By the way - where are the race times listed for this? Can someone tell me where I should be looking?
In short: The weather didn't help! In full: A lot more hilly that I expected made the experience a lot harded. The temporany "springboard" over the grass was difficult in the rain. Well organised and the last mile downhill was a liftsaver. Nice t-shirt although a goody bag would have been a nice touch. I think Id have enjoyed it a lot more it the weather had been better, but might do it again. Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: Absolutely Awesome! In full: What can I say - FANTASTIC EVENT. Everything about this event is awesome, including the distance! 8-) Dick Kearn deserves a medal for the organisation on this one. You'll need to train very hard and stick to the race plan to reach the finish. Enjoy, Rob C. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Enjoyable? 1st half marathon In full: My 1st half and I really did enjoy the race, I was hoping for 1:50 and got 1:53 but the weathers got the blame for that. Will do next year and marshalls were A1. Well done Worksop. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Better course than last year In full: I really enjoyed the course better than last year Great marshalls even in the bad weather. managed a PB so was really pleased Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: This race now features as one of my top 3 favourites! It's fantastic! In full: Well organised, a great atmosphere. The course was very muddy and certainly challenging with 4 hard hills but probably one of the best 3 races I've done this year. Fantastic views from the top of the last hills. Good tshirt, excellent value for money. This is a race you have to do at least once!
I can't wait to go back and do it next year! Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Undulating tough course excellent organisation In full: Weather didn't help and start line was a bit crowded, but overall the organisation was good, would like to see a secure baggage area. Whilst I wouldn't think of this as a PB course, I did run a PB knocking 12 mins off previous PB, completed in 1:35.....if only it was flat and sunny....who knows.. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Will run this next year, if only to beat my terrible time. In full: Secure baggage area would have been nice, I was told to leave at own risk - so I didn't. No atmosphere through the park, but then again the weather played a part in that.
In short: Very wet, Very Warm and a bit hilly In full: It started out as a glorious day for late October but from the start of the race till the end which was 1:58 for me(not one of my best efforts)it never stopped raining. Which was a pitty since it's a very scenic course. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Snowdons a magnet. In full: I was running this as part of the Triple i.e Beachy,Snowdon and Dublin and the Snowdon was spectacular as always the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lakes just leaves you feeling uplifted, despite the 4 mile climb in the begining the spirit of comaraderie was wonderful, and in some ways reminded me of the Comrades ultra-marathon in S.Africa (which I love).So all in all I would recommend this to anyone that likes asthetically beautiful but challenging marathon courses. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: Amazing! In full: This was my first marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The vile weather didn't dampen the spirit of the race, in fact, i would say it added to it. The rain came down in sheets, with hurricane like winds blowing with it. The experience was almost surreal. The course was tough, but beautiful. The hill at 21 was more like a mountain, but the descent that followed made the climb worthwile. I flew down, screaming like a banshee, and laughing all the way. It was the best part of the race. It is definately a race for all standards of runners, and people new to marathons should not be put off by the hype. This is a race all about acheivement and less about PB's. Date of review: November 3, 2005
In short: The Beauty & The Beast of all Races! In full: Gales, rain, sunshine, cruel climbs, crueller descents, breathtaking scenery, sheep, mars bars, fantastic support, Dunkirk camaradarie amongst the runners. One of the best 3 1/2 hours of my life. Mind you, thats not a hill at 21miles, its a cliff! Date of review: November 3, 2005