In short: Well organised half, but with some traffic issues In full: Ok the good things first! Lucozade bedore after and at every drink station was great. Most of the marshalls were friendly enough and for the most part did a good job. Great use of OU campus for ample parking and good toilet changing facilites. Great Medal.
Ok now the few bad things. The race is advertised as completely flat. It isn't although to be fair the undulations although frequent are minor. Worse though was the marshalls at some of the junctions didn;t really have controlled of the traffic and at some points you were fighting a stream of cars.
On the whole though it was well organised but I wouldn't make the 200 mile round trip again. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: OK race. Hills not as bad as expected. Great support In full: As others have said, the organisation was not great but that was not helped by the large field (too big?). However, the marshalling was very good and it was very well supported. BTW: the water at the end was on a stall opposite to where they were serving the hot drinks!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Indifferent marshalls, too much traffic on course but better scenery than I expected In full: After Wokingham's cheering friendly marshalls in the pouring rain last month, I was very let down by the marshalls in this race. With a few notable exceptions, they were grumpy and indifferent. To top it off, the marshall at the 13-mile marker (yes, 100 yards from the end and within seconds of achieving a pb!) tried to get me to STOP SO THAT A CAR COULD GET THROUGH!! I was gobsmacked and told him to P!$$ off! Not impressed with the bottleneck in the freezing cold at the end and won't be doing this one again. Only highlights were that MK is much more scenic than I expected and all the Lucozade was great. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: "Tough Course" In full: Excellent Race even though i was 2nd to last! At least i can say i did it! The mud was bad on the fields though i was going to loose a shoe. The view was rewarding at the top of the cloud. Go one give it a go! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Good fun in a good cause. No PB potential really as couple of hills in 1st half put paid to me but I'd do it again in the hope the temperature crawls above 2C next time! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Wow - again - if you get the chance DO it - I love this race - my fave half - and second pb on this course! In full: There are no two ways about it the hills are deffinetly challenging - but boy oh boy do the down hills make up for it! As always the atmosphere is outstanding - the nearest to the carnival atmosphere of FLM that I've experienced in a half -the marshalling /event organisation is excellent - I'm just going to have to find somewhere to store lots of horse brasses( unique medal) cos I'm definetly going to back to this one year after year - it's the kind of race that leaves you feeling extatic - pb helps of course :-) Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well organised race on a freezing cold day In full: +s - Well organised - Entirely off road - no angry drivers to contend with - Chip timing for true accuracy - Nice medal - Good photography - Friendly miz of runners. Evidently some very good people but also a nice number of less high achievers (like me!) - No hills!
-s - Cold weather and the wind seem to whip across the airfield - Two laps of the circuit and not a particularly interesting one - Not much in the way of an atmosphere and the marshalls didn't do much to compensate by cheering you on either... Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great run In full: Did this one last year and came back because I am a gluton for punishment!! Pretty cold today running through sprinklings of snow forgot how hilly it was but maybe that was a good thing. . .Well organised and will certainly be back next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fantastic Support all way round the course. Would definitely do it again In full: Before the race I was very nervous about the hills and weather. But the hills were not too bad especially as they were in the first half of the race and the sun came out just as we started. The crowd all way round were fantastic, cheering, playing music and were a great help in getting me up the hills.
This was a PB for me but it may be more to do with this being my third half marathon and and the fact I am a slow runner.
Would recommend to anyone! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great race, hill not as bad as I expected what a relief! In full: Like it's been said before, start/finish needs some working on, better refreshment tent at the end and a bigger changing tent.
The race itself was terrific, marshalling was superb, and the course challenging and what great crowds Hastings have. Thank you...
In short: Poole Park runs always well organised by Poole AC.es it was cold and windy , but that's what you would expect really. Nice medal and tee shid rt. Need to dosoemthing baoutthe queuing after teh finish to collectemdal and tee shirt, apart from that , t Date of review: March 12, 2006