In short: good race well worth a go In full: the race was run over narrow country paths which were full of puddles so it made it hard to overtake, however this made the course more interesting. but dont get put off you still have a chance of a pb. very enjoyable. Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenery and great local support In full: Thanks to the organisers for a great race well supported, everything a local race should be.
So, how can a race such as this make significant road closures for under a tenner (and about 400 entrants I think) yet others are pushing twnty quid, or the BUPA rip off races are pushing 30? Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: 3 laps around a (normally) attractive park. Today, unfortunately, earlier heavy rain waterlogged the paths, and at one point a long water pool was more than ankle deep ! Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Some nice scenery throught the woods and around the cricket ground but some short and very steep hills as well. Godd value with t-shirt included in price. A mix of dedicated xc types and have a go racers. Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Having to dodge the walkers was painful!! In full: Would suggest the organisers look at starting the walkers off AFTER the runners! Not only having to contend with traffic (which i already expected) also having to dodge walkers was a tad annoying!
I would do this again as it is so local. but incomparable tho to bristol!
At least this time i knew about the plain old water - and was equiped appropriately !
There is nice scenery along the way - just dont expect it to last!
and yes - dont expect a goody bag.
Nice green Tshirt this year tho'. And there are always plenty of nice runners to run with! :) Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Poor value, poor organisation, dull course with choking fumes In full: This was my fifth half this year and definitely the poorest in most respects. Parking was difficult, even though I arrived in plenty of time. The start was a farce, where many runners were stuck outside the barriers facing the opposite direction. The course was OK scenery-wise, but not great. I was not impressed with running alonside a coach and choking on its fumes for half a mile. At the end, I was wondering where the medal and goody-bag was, but apparently they only offer a t-shirt, even though I have previously received good quality t-shirts AND a medal for half the price at other events. The finishing area seemed farcical, as I had to wander around a field to find water stations and eventually a bin for my race chip. Then, it seemed that getting out of the town was a nightmare as the race was run on the very roads needed to leave the town. This is definitely not a run I'd recommend. Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: That hot bath never felt better In full: Never felt so exhausted after a race. I am still knackered 6 hours later. Really enjoyed myself though. 'The Wetlands' were a bit different. Up to my neck in mud after stumbling whilst wading through waist deep mud. I am now tending to agree with work mates who think I am mad ! Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: It was my first half marathon and I found the course OK. The course was mostly pretty flat. In full: Scenery was nice. It was well organised. The T-shirt was good. It would have been nice to have some free snacks at the end. Some of the roads were quite busy and I didn't like the car fumes much! Date of review: October 23, 2005