In short: Harder than expected but will be back next year! In full: Half Marathon:
Was led to believe that half marathon course was flat up until 8 mile marker when descents came in. Not the case! First eight miles continually uphill (granted not steep but unexpexted). Two descents near the finish totally finished me off resulting in a disappointing time.
I will definately be back next year for my revenge and will put in the training that this glorious course deserves.
A big thank you to all concerned. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Well done to Ian Milne and his team. A good race overall. Very well organised. Found course challenging, but that was probably lack of preparation on my part showing through. I expect to be back next year and will be better prepared. In full: My first marathon. It wont be my last and I'd like to think I'll be back next year. From comments on forum I'd expected hills to tail off at around mile 13. There seemed to be a few more after that, which took it out of me. Now I know what to expect I'll be better prepared next time. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Absolutely brilliant as usual, and again, well worth the trip from Cardiff., and for the third year in a row the weather was also good to us. Perhaps just a bit hot,but with enough tree cover on a perfect route. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: A lovely end to a busy week ! In full: I love these type of events as much as the big atmosphere occassions.A good mix of all abilities,some very friendly rivalry that sets the next race in the series up nicely. Roger and the team from Run and Become do an excellent job. Roll on next months 3 miler ! Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: A very fast flat race, where a PB would a high possiblility. Excellent organisation and value to boot as well. All in all, a fantastic race and one that sets you up nicely for the weekend. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Good course but not traffic free, running space was limited at times. In full: Some narrow paths, and single file running at times, but a good course. More for club runners really. Would have liked a map of the route available before hand. Will do again. Date of review: May 20, 2005
In short: lovely scenery,very well marshalled.the goodies bag was great to see,shame they were left in the sun as my chocolate was melted but i still devoured it.a must for next year Date of review: May 20, 2005
In short: Mostly off-road and plenty of hills In full: A small and friendly well organised run. Plenty of water stations and friendly marshalls. I found the countdown mileage markers had a positive psychological effect from mile 16 onwards(seeing 10 become 9, 8, 7 etc.) It was expensive, but in aid of a worthy cause. As this was my first marathon I can't say for certain that the PB potential is low, but I can't imagine there are many more demanding courses, especially with the weather being so good. I was surprised that they used Championchip timing particulary as it's a run not a race, but it was good to get an accurate time. Almost trod on a lizard in the last mile, it ran between my feet, I suspect that wouldn't have gone down too well with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Date of review: May 20, 2005