In short: THE HILLS DON'T GET EASIER In full: I first ran this one in 1985 aged 25. The brochure said 'One Uphill Section', but they seem to forget the part after Nettleden at 6.5 miles which is...... a hill!! It lasts about 3/4 mile. A good challenging race though, one I have always enjoyed...especially the last mile which is all downhill! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great first half-marathon. In full: Just entered this one as a practise for the 2006 GNR. As a result, hadn't completed further than 11.5m in training so felt very tired over the last 3 miles, especially after the hill!!
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Exceptional organisation. I liked the clocks on the mile markers particularly. There were loads of drinks stations as well.
Broke 2 hours by a couple of minutes which was what I was hoping for. Would have been a fair bit quicker if the hill wasn't there!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great race , will do it again In full: Had a great time. Only my second half marathon so not much to compare with but found it fairly easy going. Nice and flat. Sun came out just at the right time and took the chill off the weather. Only minor grumbles would be - 1) the goody bag - considering the price of entry a free tshirt would have been nice, and 2) parking - this was a little hit and miss despite a dummy run on Saturday when we tried to find/follow signs for the park and ride. Thanks to all the crowd support and the organisers. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Nice flat course but dull and lack of casual supporters due to far out location. In full: I liked the race from a training for FLM point of view. But it suffers from a lack of supporters along the route by being so far away from major towns. Weather couldn't be helped. Traffic before and after was a nightmare. I would not do this race if it weren't so perfectly timed to fit in with my training London Marathon program. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellent day out - shame about the weather! In full: Excellent organisation throughout. Sure getting in was a pain but with such a large field it's inevitable that access is going to be difficult.I suspect that many left it late to avoid hanging around in the biting cold wind.
Silverstone really is a potential PB course; no real hills to speak. Regrettably the weather took the edge off my run and I ended up 40 seconds off my PB when it all looked so good at 10 miles. The long drag up Hanger Straight and back to the pits area was particularly tough;with the wind full into the face for the last mile and a half it felt a very long run in.
Shame, but intend to go back next year . Marhalls were very good and the crowd support was much appreciated. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellent race - one of the best in the calendar In full: Very enjoyable course. Great support from the crowds. A bit busy at the beginning - maybe spread the start out a bit more. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: I thought i had done enough hill training, however 'my hills' were mole hills in comparison to that hill at 7.5 miles. Very enjoyable but challenging, well organised and pleasing to have the pre and post massages which did'nt have too long a queue. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very toughbut very good race, fantastic course with special scenery. Race organiser even knew my name at the finish by recognising my race number. Free post race massage, needed and very welcome. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Enjoyable but too hilly towards the end In full: Organisers kept saying it was a fast course but found it hard. First 5 - 6 miles must have been predominantly downhill as some of my split times were very fast but then latter half of the race seemed to be mainly uphill. Steep hill in last mile almost brought me to a standstill. Enjoyed but could do with chip timing in future - position in offical results can be a lot different from actual chip timed position depending on where you start. (40 places difference at Worksop) Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellent all round In full: Easy to find, well marshalled by friendly people, reasonably quiet roads, testing without being overly difficult, good pb potential as there are few 20s around, woould do this next year even if not on a marathon training plan (no not London!) Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Really well organised and superb, friendly marshalling. In full: What an absolutely brilliant race. The organisation was flawless and the marshalling was perfect. Amazing scenery and friendly support. So much food at the finish...well done Hogweeds. You really know how to put on a show!! Date of review: March 20, 2006