In short: Very tough,good fun In full: Very hard race held on a lovelly saturday evening not a race more of a trial of endurance up to the Castle but the best scenery you could ever want.Will do this race again for sure Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Excellent last long run for pre FLM training In full: Well organised - all the things the club could control were good, and we had no problems with car parking, loos and baggage. I appreciated the enthusiatic and efficient marshalling and water stations being in all the right places. However, I agree with the previous post that as a 'runner' sized woman, getting to the finish and being given a choice of large or extra large for the t-shirt (which was very nice) was disappointing!
In short: A great race needing just a few organisational improvements e.g. stamps on race packs, cups instead of a huge waste of water bottles. Some really nice touches e.g.chip timing ruled out start-line probs, space blankets came in really handy at the end. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Scenic with friendly marshals In full: Good amount of water stops weather and scenery made for an enjoyable run; for all dad's hard work and effort the kids would had preferred a medal to a mug. Will earmark the race for future attendance. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: superb In full: congratulations to bedford harriers.the marshalls,the support,the course even the wind made this a tough but very enjoyable race.p.s.why do people always moan about toilets ?if 650 people all want the loo at about the same time theres not a lot a club can do about it. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Lovely flat course, didn't seem particularly scenic, but couldn't lift my head up most of the time due to the wind and rain! Still managed a PB due to lack of hills. Appreciated the hot drinks and nice cakes at the end. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A very nice course, definite PB Potential In full: The start and finish area are in an industrial estate and its about 400m before you get out onto the route proper through the town and into the country. So I don't think the Start/Finish is a problem at all. Nice, scenic course, good organisation and potential for a PB, although not for me on the day :-( My first time, but I'll be back. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Kingston road races - same old same old. In full: Pretty poor signage at the start - 4000 people and no real directions to the baggage store (and a bit of a rip off to have to pay to get your bags dumped outside behind a screen). And yet another mug to add to the collection - if you found the people handing them out. Head the wrong way out of the finish funnel and you missed it completely! I've done this race on and off for about 6 or 7 years because its local, the same I imagine as a lot of people; it would be really nice if the organisers/sponsors could think of something different - the mug doesn't even have the year on it.
Having said that, the course is nice and flat, if a little narrow until people have spread out, and the marshals, although thin on the ground were friendly and didn't look too bored. Will probably do it again. But might skip the mug Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great race (did the two-lap marathon option), although 'challenging' head wind made it a toughie In full: Really well organised, welcoming race. Very lonely second half once we lost the 1/2 marathoners, but the encouragement by the cadets at the water station was great. More signs through Taunton to the start would have been helpful - for us non-locals - and another water-station would have been good too. As a marathoner, some sports-drink would have been nice too. Hills really not that bad at all & a down-hill finish is a nice touch. Facilities at start/finish were great, good to have a hot shower before the two-hour return journey. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Well Organised and Scenic In full: Can't fault the organisation, although as with most half marathons I am not keen on the use of cups rather than bottles for water. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Brilliant organisation, undulating course with a testing headwind In full: My first marathon and I'm not sure if it was a wise choice to add the additional pressure of a 4.30 cut-off time. Marshalling was brilliant, as was the rest of the organisation. The real bonus was finding that there was hot water left when I got to the showers. Date of review: April 3, 2006