In short: Excellenty atmosphere and fast course In full: Only downside was having to stop a few metres from the finish due to the congestion of finishers waiting to have times taken. And that fact that when I passed the water station at 5KM, there were no cups available ! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great baptism of fire for London. In full: First ever race and it was thoroughly enjoyable - made an excellent change to the fumes of London. After months of studiously mapping routes as flat as Holland, the hills did come as a bit of a shock - you think we would remember them from the first lap ! It was very well organised and runners, supporters and organisers were all very supportive and friendly - certainly helped us get round in a very respectable time (for us!) The sentiment of the day did seem to be ….."who on earth is responsible for putting this blooming hill so close to the end !"
In short: A slightly cut-down Snowdonia Marathon - great to be part of. In full: The downhills more than make up for the uphills. The most challenging part of the race was by far the weather!! Great route, amazing scenery, brilliant London prep and what a welcome back in the town. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Fab race, best marshals, wowee views and killer hills In full: Thank you Hogweeds for a wonderful run (well quite a few hills I walked - but thats not your fault). Flawless organisation and wonderful marshalling. If the memory of Kilcott fades I will be back next year. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Weather helped - good race - good spectator support In full: I suffered with Achilles strain after only 3 miles but the scenery, speecator support, friendly other slow joggers like me got me around. Used to live in Fleet so nostalgic race. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Only problem leisure centre 15mins from start In full: Well organised, friendly, good car parking, good sweat shirt & goody bag, spot prizes for the also rans who'll never win a race, hot showers & clean changing. What more could you ask for! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Once again, Eastleigh 10k proves it's a major fixture on the racing calendar In full: I always use Eastleigh as my pb busting race, and this year did not dissapoint. I don't know if it's a psychological thing, or whether it's just the fantastic course with world class field that gets you hyped, but this is always an excellent race, and for the second year running I've taken a chunk out of my pb at this event.
But above all, my lasting impression is "How do they put on such an awsome race for only £6?!!!" There are significant road closures, a high level of policing, marshals at every junction. In this day of the £20-£30 (FLM aside - I can understand that one) the organisers of this race (and the B&Q sponsors) should cause much embarrasment amongst the Bupas and the Asics of the world.... Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: very good course, good atmosphere In full: very good race well organised,weather was a bit cold waiting for start,atmosphere was excelent lots of spectators to keep you going. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Terrific fun, ran with 2 first timers who can't wait to do it again! In full: Definitely not enough loos! Most people had to use the bushes or wait in a mile-long queue. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A really great big race feel without the excessive crowding of an event like the GNR. In full: Every time I do a race it astonishes me on the runners world website how we love to moan, wrong sort of water, wrong size bottles, no bottles at all, start not organised,finish not organised - it goes on and on.
Whilst constructive criticism is alway good we must bear in mind that marshalls and organisers are largely volunteers and really can do without the vitriol - otherwise they won't continue volunteering so we can enjoy their towns and cities.
As a result of the above I always try to look on the positive with a race.
With the Bath Half I don't need to try to look - everything was great, the runners village, the time pens, the course, the marshalls, the reggae band, the support, the finish, everything.
Would I do it again, no, but not not because I didn't enjoy - I feel that these races are something that should only be experienced once (it's a way of seeing the country / world) but it's one I would strongly recommend to anyone who said they wanted to do a half. Date of review: March 20, 2006