In short: Great scenery, shame about the water quality/ quantity. In full: This was my 4th half marathon. I found the public and marshall support great, and the scenery superb. The weather was perfect too. However, for an event securing corporate sponsorship from the likes of Mc Donalds, it was curious there was no water. The whole field were completely dehydrated at the finish and were offered water out of buckets! I was so ill from this contaminated water I could not bathe until the next day. Extremely irresponsible organisation. Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: great for first ever 10 miler In full: very well organised race this being my first after 7 years out of the saddle, and being a trucker bit more than most to carry round, also, i was told by Alison Nicholls that it was only a 10k no wonder i thought that the km,s went on for a while and to cap it all you get to run up Pen-y-Fan at the 8 mile point, the organisers really thought of everything putting that hill in there.just when dreams of sitting on the motorway in luxury came to mind wham.But i finished in a respectable 1 hour 32 mins after just 6 weeks of training.well done to all especially Alison who did a personal best but next year kid your STUFFED tex mex or not the gauntlet is down Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: Liked the course, which made good use of Harlow's cycle paths. The Marshalls were great and the track finish inside the stadium was a nice feature. Managed to go sub 70 mins for the first time in ages, despite the warm weather - well pleased! Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: Very pretty course, well marshalled. In full: Excellent course which lived up to it's "undulating" description! Plenty of water stations and fab. marshalling made this one of my favorite races so far this year. Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: As ever an excellent race - great t-shirt well organised. In full: Other race organisers can learn from this one. My 4 time on the trot for this one. Its not often you have so many water stops 4 in 10 miles but you do need them.
Again another hot day for the brecon 10 - but such a satisfactory feeling finshing. Not expensive either.
Considering the price of the cardiff half and other big events this is a bargin and the T-Shift will last twice as long as well. Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: Fast, flat, four laps of the park In full: Not done this one before and a bit apprehensive about doing a 10M in the height of Summer - the multi-lap course does mean that you're in shade half the time though. Very well organised (although the car parking was a bit tightly-packed together) - all in all, definitely recommended. And I did a PB!! Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: Cracking day but could have had better directions to find the place! In full: First time I had done this and I was dreading it, thinking it would be really tough, but pleasantly surprised. In fact, weather was hot but not too much - and besides, more tree shelter than I had expected. I had also expected very hilly, but with the exception of a real bummer of one at around 8.5 miles, it wasn't too bad in that way. Excellent scenery. Overall, an excellent day out in the shadow of Pen y Fan. The sort of run that should be made compulsory. Defintely be there next year. Only negative comments would be about the website, on which there should have been more pre-race info, directions, etc.instead that only being sent to you once you had registered. Directions need to be more precise. Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: low key but good race In full: Overall well run and enjoyable except for two things. Firstly the turn into the field at the end needs to be sorted out as it is a real problem if you have a few people arriving together. Secondly, the day was slightly tarnished by the inexplicable wait for the presentation. Do people really need to be made to hang around for an hour an a half after finishing, in such a small low key race? This was particularly annoying as the fun run's advertised encouraged you to bring young children who then got bored hanging around. On the positive side, the agility test was a nice touch and the cakes were fantastic (and cheap)! Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: Great Race in great location. In full: Great race in lovely part of the country. Very friendly and well organised. Traffic free. If you are thinking of a PB then maybe think again as its very undulating. Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: Multiple laps round a beautiful Victorian park! In full: I chose this as my first 10k! With a very steep hill to negotiate three times, if you can do a good time here you can do one anywhere! Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: Challenging race with various downhill and uphill sections In full: This race is well organised and the course takes in some picturesque views of the Brecon Beacons in the distance. Even though there are two hills between miles 6 to 8, I was still able to put in a PB, which I was more than happy to have achieved. Date of review: August 9, 2005
In short: plenty of uphill but down hills to match, lovely weather and looking forward to next year In full: loved it - very scenic - and for the size of the village there was loads of support. Definately will be back next year Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: 3rd time i have done this, tough but scenic marathon In full: This is a race i have done 3 times now, and most people seem to think it is a little short, my times are always quicker here in comparison to most places. Very low key race, but very friendly, well marshalled. Enjoyable, but no PB potential! Just enjoy thr views. Nearly always seems to fall on a hot weekend! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Tough, but very scenic and rewarding half marathon. Very friendly event In full: This was a tough half, expect to add 10-15mins to your normal road HM time. Great views and 2nd year in a row i have done it. Last year was sooo hot, this year was better. more water stations this year, enthusiastic marshalls. Very up and down, some of the trails boggy in places, and hills were very up and down. A few bits of quiet road, but most of it trail and track. Seems very friendly, but no chance of PB potential unless its your 1st one. Will definitely be back next year, and has been my favourite race for the past 2 years. Fantastic! Date of review: August 8, 2005