In short: Poor planning for 8 mile race to start before 16mile race which caused bottlenecks between 4 and 8 miles for the faster 16milers. Also poor planning for drinks station massive mudpatch and finally to add insult to injury - NO MEDALS! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Happy Days....nice and easy for a beginner In full: Great run, only problem was over crowded start line and so subsequently hard to get through the pack for the first 2-3 miles... Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Scenic 20 miler, challenging in the wind. In full: Very pleasant run around the Bedfordshire countryside. Not really 'hilly' but plenty of ups and downs to keep you working. High winds on exposed sections made the 2006 race particularly tough. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Too may people...narrow running lanes In full: Great to experience a flat race at last! Loved the river side section but as others have mentioned, if you want to run fast on the road sections you have to run in the cycle lane and put up with the associated risks. And why do these races insist on distributing water during the race in plastic cups?? Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Lovely city; shambolic organisation In full: Would struggle to find a good word for the organisation of this race. I was one of the many who did not receive their number but no apology, no explanation. Delayed start, faster runeers had to fight past funrunners, dangerous water stations, disorganised finish etc, etc Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Nice T-Shirt, Great course & Organisation! In full: This race was really well marshalled who were very supportive - they were everywhere - "KEEP TO THE LEFT!" I like the idea of having a smaller second lap - it makes it less daunting. I picked up my finisher T-Shirt beforehand which I didn't really want to do as I think it's better to be rewarded after an achievement - I didn't want to be stuck with one that didn't fit at the end, afterall this is 1 running T-shirt that will be worn regularly!
I got just past 18 miles before I had to run/walk the rest - which means I've got 3 weeks to find an extra 8 miles for London (hmmm!). Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Well marshalled. Challenging course. Great to finish. Nice to receive a Polo Shirt instead of a T In full: I like the Bedford Harriers definition of undulating. Well marshalled and very friendly people. Would run again. Polo Shirt makes a nice change. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: One of my favourite races In full: Only criticism of this year's race was the finish, where I found myself dodging small children and mothers doing the fun run. A little dangerous i thought. Plus the end funnel was too much of a bottleneck and slow. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Enjoyable event. In full: Rain had been forcast for the day, but the sun shone for most of the event. Strong wind on the return leg spoiling any chance of a good finish time. Then down to Mum and Dad's for Sunday roast. (They live in Dorset). Back next year? Oh yes. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: The Good more than makes up for the Bad In full: Only my 2nd ever race, the first being the London Marathon 5 years ago! First up the Bad: The organisation at the start. And the months before the start as well actually. The organisation at the end as well. 3500 people squeezing out the same entrance as all the spectators coming in? not clever. Nor was hiding the space-blanket handing-out-person tucked away in a corner. Or numerous other little things. But the Good: Quick course. OK, so it was my first 10k, but I finished 9 minutes quicker than I'd hoped, in at 45.58. A few very minor gradients, the slight downhill towards the end certainly helped! The crowds are another big plus. they are thin on the ground for some parts, but must be 5-deep nearer the middle of the city. Definately felt like a big occasion, not just for super-fast athletes. plenty of people in fancy dress. The timing Chip worked for me, though I understand they didnt work for plenty of people. A great event, just in need of some decent organisation. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Lovely scenic run in the sunshine! In full: First time in Bournmouth and felt the organisation was fine, nice to see Frank Bruno starting the race. Great on the seafront with the wind behind us, the final 4 miles into the wind was tough. Only downside was the final mile when the 5k fun runners converge with the half marathon runners, felt this was a little disorganised. On the whole much enjoyed, will be back next year Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Good friendly race in lovely surroundings In full: (2006 race) Race run almost entirely on country lanes with a mile or two of canal at the end. Very well organised out in the field with good encouraging marshalls. A wide spread of abilities makes this an excellent race for the beginner.
Undulating course is a bit of a challenge - the first 3 miles are up a slight incline which can certainly take it out of you, but a fast second half.
An excellent start for this new race. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great scenery and very undulating In full: I am pleased I entered this race - it was nice to have a run with some nice views to take your mind off the miles and miles ahead.
My only criticism is the last 1/2 mile. The area around the front of the school was chaotic - with spectators and others standing on the route. Also having to run through a housing estate with lots of turns is the last thing you need. Please make the finish a straight run. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: Flat, fast -and friendly In full: Well organised with friendly marshalls and generous support on a long race with a less than spectaclar route. If only it could start half an hour later it would be much more accessible for people coming from Sussex by train.
Running alongside cars on narrower roads and a roundabouts made me a little nervy!
Great FLM build up and a confidence boost for the full 26.2 - still a bit of gas left at the end due to the flat course and the conditions were perfect. Good value for money. Thank you Worthing. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: It is what you make of it. In full: Flat course with good pb potential, however narrow streets at the start and no attempt to organise the runners so the slower runners were at the back detracts from this. A complete free for all at the baggage drop where some vacuous looking helpers had clearly given up, despite the extra charge they had extracted. I would only run again because I live near by. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: my 1st 10k so got PB of 51:20,great finish In full: PB potential, big race feel, always have company around you, spectators excellent,a definate do every year race and because of that this race will get "BIGGER" each year without a doubt, championchips are a great tool used in this so no hold up at the finish, anyone planning to do a 10k this is a must Date of review: April 2, 2006