In short: Good, although the organisation could have been better. In full: It was the first time I had done this. As a beginner, it was a shame that the odd one or two 'elitists' had to shout so agressively and cut people up! Also, as previous people have mentioned, the start was very slow, as was the finish - especially in handing in the barcode strips. I didn't even bother with the goodie bags! Would do it again though, as I live in the area and there was a good atmosphere. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Could have done better here, for sure In full: (shouldn't that say Asics on your link?) I had a good run. I feel good today.
It strikes me that this event had as its goal to make money. Given it said teeshirt as memento I expected one. There were enough sponsors listed on the race literature to suggest that enough cash was there to give away a cheap tee. NOT TO OFFER ONE FOR SALE!!!
Anyhow, it is true that half of this race was dead nice, along the river. It was a good atmosphere. But there were too many folks on too narrow a track for too long. Maybe the start needed staggering more?
Would it not have been a good idea for the marshalls to at least mention to impatient mountain bike riders or runners in the opposite direction that it might be dangerous/annoying for both runner and rider if they insisted upon crawling among us all on the track... maybe better to wait a bit...
Also the chap whose young lads joined him for a bit, then one of them fell into the road... that could have got a bit messy couldn't it?
It did seem a bit like an obstacle course at some stages!
Some other races organised by clubs and volunteers seem to beg borrow and (hopefully not) steal their way towards impressive goody bags at the end of races - it's not the incentive but it's definitely very good to get one - and with the "impressive" list of sponsors for this race, I think it was the minimum one could have expected. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: 8.2 start poor very slow for first mile due to numbers , path by river was nice but to narrow for numbers at times , finish was also poor waited to long to collect materials and then ended up in an area which was difficult to get out of to go home Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: This is a special event! In full: This day has everything, a 1K kiddies run, a 5K fun event, a great flat 10K and a mega half marathon, which one you do is up to you, but it’s worth doing because the atmosphere was brilliant! And they had Frank Bruno there to start the races!
I did the 10K, the course was simple along the promenade with a small climb up the rock face at Gordon’s steps (which aren’t steps at all but ramps), and back again.
It would have had excellent PB potential but for the wind. The first 5K were wind assisted, with it gusting badly enough to take your breath away on the way back. You were literally running into the teeth of a gale! Well almost.
But it was the whole ambience of the day that made it worthwhile. The organisation was definitely slick, they even arranged for the kiddies to finish their race with the adults for from the half!! We got a medal and a T-shirt at the finish, there were plenty of water stops (even two on the 10K), and a great crowd to cheer you on at the end.
Get there early, leave late and soak up the sheer enjoyment of the day!
My only criticism was slower runners starting in front of me, and I was near the front! But the course was wide and the crowd thinned quickly so this was only a small point.
My thanks to the organisers and everyone who volunteered to help, it was great.
In short: potential pb course for font runners In full: It's a good event - but why does it always have a delayed start? You get there on time, warm up, strip off ready to go & wait & wait! It really lets the event down. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Hills and mud with a bit of bramble thrown in. In full: The course rises plunges, twists and turns and leaves you thoroughly disoriented. The marshalls are friendly and encouraging and this year they managed to work in a water station. Tea and cakes on sale at the end as a reward for the effort. Brambles-a lot of runners, myself included, got a couple of cuts from the brambles, you only really notice it at the end. If you earn a living from flawless pins wear leggins. The wife did and remained scratch free. Thoroughly recommended as a XC romp to help alleviate the boredom of too many road runs. Puts hairs on your chest as well. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A friendly, well-marshalled, tough race. In full: Thanks to the excellent marshalls, who wer extremely supportive, expecially at mile 18! A tough course, which I amazingly managed a PB on despite the hills and strong winds. A good challenge. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Finish badly organised In full: Would agree with other reviewers. Finish was badly organised. Had to queue for 5 minutes in the cold to hand in tag which has no real relevance. Really needs accurate chip timing. Also water stations were cups rather than water bottles, would have thought Human Race could organise bottles. Thames path part of the course is good though. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Excellent for the beginner In full: This was my first half marathon and I was relieved to find the course as flat as reviews described. The friendly & encouraging marshalls helped lift my spirits as the rain & wind dampened them! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: 3rd place! In full: Despite my Garmin saying I'd run in 53 minutes (a tidy 4 minutes off my PB), the official results said 31 mins, 3rd place, wow! Other than some almightly electronics/admin mistake, a lovely little local run. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: My legs hurt! In full: A traditional spring marathon build up race and it was great to see how well people are looking pre FLM. Unfortunately I'm not mid marathon training so 16 miles was quite a test! Great weather and a first run out of the year in my summer kit. (Should have worn in the new trainers before though)... Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Yes the Breakfast run was a good race and well organised. Jogging alongside the river was amazing! Only downside...isn't traffic free, often stopping for traffic and dodging people running the other way! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed it, but much too busy at the start In full: The start of the race was frustrating as it took me 30 seconds to cross the start line followed by a very slow jog then serious pegging it through the field to try and get a decent postion.
Once we got out of the town centre the pace opened up well and the run along the river was really nice.
This was my first race in 20 years and I did really enjoy it. The atmosphere with the other runners was great. Thanks to the guy who on my shoulder for most of the race for pushing me round in a decent time.
The organisation was ok. The toilets weren't as bad as I was led to expect, but I was disapointed I didn't get my mug at the end just a back of leaflets.
I did the 8.2 and I definitely be back for the 16 next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006