In short: Really enjoyable In full: First half marathon and would do this one again.Wasn't nice standing in a que for medal after 13.1 miles or the cobbles stone path by cardiff castle. Good support around the route though. I cant wait for next year and a faster time. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good flat course on a clear crisp morning In full: Good race to do for a pb with only a few (very small) inclines. 4000-odd meant that it wasn't too packed either. Only moan is about the baggage tent area - a little thought or planning would have been nice from someone to back up the efforts of the volunteers (Why noy open different sides of the tent folks??) Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Lives up to it's name - a really great race! In full: First time of running this race. Very impressed by the organisation, the organisers had paid a lot of attention to detail. Wave system worked well, although the start was a little crowded I don't see how this can be avoided with such a large field. Atmosphere at start, during the race and at the finish was really special. A nice goody bag at the end - very generous, organisers of the Windsor Half Marathon take note! I enjoyed this race very much. I didn't quite get the target time I had aimed for, but I'll be back next year to settle the score :-)
In short: Really enjoyed the event and the day as a whole. Could be some more crowd participation In full: Was adopted at the start by an amazing bloke called Charlie, an experienced runner, who helped me around in a time 8 minutes faster than I believed I could run. I slowed right down in the last mile and let him go on, had a 200yd walk and saw a guy racing in a standard wheel chair - what was I thinking of feeling tired? Ran all the way to the finish where I saw and thanked Charlie. That's what it's all about. Beautiful weather, nice city - and the cleanest public loos anywhere in the UK I reckon! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great race, bit hot though ;0) In full: Minor gripes only - Had to get myself in front of a womble near the front of the first wave! And my first mile pace whilst not really slow, was erratic trying to pass slow runners.
Love the event overall though, just wish it was not so warm, although have to be happy with no wind, so should not complain too much Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Have I finished yet? In full: Hairpin bends with a large number of runners are not a good idea. Stopped at the inflatable. Stopped my watch and therefore don't know what my actual time was.
What was that business with the hadn -wand at the end? I was 'brisked' about 10secs after finishing (and 30 secs after crossing under the inflatable NOt-the-finish-line. Also fifteen quid - a bit much. Fortunately didn't need the water as it was fairly cool - otherwise could have been a problem (Gt North Run should have made organisers a bit more careful - I would have thought.
Still, will probably do it again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Ver good run but I would not say the definition of undulating was accurate it seems to undulate up nearly all of the way but that said I would definitely do it again Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Flat and Fast, good PB potential In full: Some problems already mentioned, could also do with some more stalls, clothing/food etc to keep us at event long enough to see presentations. Could be a good family event as it was well supported and cheering near the end gave a big lift. Oh and a T-shirt is a good one. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Brilliant first event In full: It was my first competitive event. Great weather, very well organised, loads of encouragement and nice goody bag at the end. I will definitely do it again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: A great off road race. In full: The musical marshals were very uplifting. The paper work eg map directions and details were very good. All in all credit must go to organisers and marshall for an excellent event. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Can't think of a nicer way to spend a Sunday morning in October! In full: Very well organised. Bit pricey but for a good cause. I can't think of any other race where you can watch a herd of deer stampeding in the distance. Will definately be back next year! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well-organised apart from one or two small details. In full: Good points include: starting on time, water stations at sensible intervals, nice medal, nice goody bag, chip-timing, nice atmosphere - the bands really help lift you when the going gets tough. Blessed with decent weather this year as well!
Things that could be improved: placing mile markers higher up, technical t-shirts not cotton and time-guides in the waves. That said, the congestion was definitely less than in 2003, when I last ran, so the waves have helped. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: I'm sooo glad I took up running! In full: Well I may be slightly biased about the venue, because a cool, clear sunny morning on the South Coast is one of my favourite places to be. But when it comes to everything else about the day, I have to say it's the best time I've had since I started running. OK that was only 6 months ago, but I've done enough events in that time to know a good event from a bad one and this truly lives up to the 'Great' part of it's name.
I was a bit miffed by my race pack not arriving, despite having signed up in early July for Cancer Research, but the Great Run team were very helpful, BazDad very kindly sent me a scan of the main information leaflet so I'd know where I was going on the day, and there was a race pack ready and waiting for me when I got there.
I agree with StillSmiling about the Mile markers needing to be placed higher, but that's the only real negative that I can think of. On the other hand, having missed a few markers, I spotted the 8-miler, checked my watch and got a nice surprise when I realised I had obviously picked up the pace and was about 4 minutes ahead of my estimated time. So missing markers, not necessarily a bad thing ;-) I'll definitley be back next year and will be doing my best to get some friends to come and run it with me. Date of review: October 10, 2005