In short: Wonderfully painful... In full: My first really hilly race. Wonderful scenery and friendly atmosphere. Spent half the race trying to stay on my feet, and the other half working out how to avoid sliding back down the hills on the muddy surface. Finishing time is largely irrelevant, it's more a test of endurance than speed. Probably harder than a marathon, so should be good preparation for London. Date of review: April 8, 2006
In short: Good fairly flat 5 miler In full: Good fairly flat run, a few undulations, but a fearsome wind that was always against you (how does that always happen on a circuar run ?).The main issue as a late arriver was the start being over a mile from the car park. So I ended up running 6 miles not 5. Overall a scenic pleasant run with definite PB potential if there is ever a day when the wind stops. Good cafe at the end for tea & cakes & excellent goody bag. Date of review: April 8, 2006
In short: Fair and flat enough but the warm day made it extremely tough with no water half way esp with that hill. In full: I would only do this again if there was water half way. I don't like to run with a water bottle and I was feeling pretty average by the end because of the warm temps. I would rather have had the water at the top of the hill than at the end. PS. organisers might like to remind marshalls that having a cigarette next to the end funnel is REALLY POOR! I was gagging for breath when I crossed the line for a PB then I had to inhale cigarette smoke as well! Date of review: April 8, 2006
In short: Great scenery, I didn't see the sandwiches and tea the other reviewers mentioned....! I'll have to look harder next year - definitely a race I will do again if I can In full: A couple of km through houses at the start, but then the route runs along the coast and the view really is spectacular. Wasn't quick for me as I'm used to running on tarmac, but I loved the opportunity to do something a little more rural, which was worth more than a PB! Good sized field, good organisation. I'll definitely look out for the sandwiches next year, quite upset I missed those! Date of review: April 8, 2006
In short: Good one for beginners, hopefully will grow in years to come. In full: This one was a spur of the moment thing.
Had already entered Mum and I for the Scottish Half Marathon later in the year, where my brother now lives.
She had been slacking over the winter and needed an incentive to get back into some serious training. A definite case of use or lose it!
Not necessarily everyone's idea for Mother's Day but we made the journey out there, it took all of 20 minutes.
No signposting of where the start was and the toilets were no where near the start, but I think this one has potential and will grow in the years to come, which I hope will encourage them to block of the course to rogue walkers and pushchairs!
The sun was out in force which I think surprised many who expected a wetter affair and the wind on some corners was a killer.
But if you are looking for a local first time run or want to try and get a PB this is definitely the one for you.
In short: Did the half this year. JL and his team just make it bigger and better every year In full: Elements added some fun this year through wind, rain and sun but as good a run as I expected. Cheekily playful around mile 9 and 11, well marshalled, support in any area that was populated quite good and organisation more than adequate throughout. Reasonable facilities, adequate drinks (Tho longer/more tables would help. Nice touches at finish with Hot Bovril, on site massage and good storage showers etc. Long may this event grow. Great VFM Date of review: April 7, 2006
In short: Enjoyed this one despite the harsh weather. In full: Super marshalls, well orgainised and great cakes at the end.........What more can a girl ask for? Will be back next year Date of review: April 7, 2006