In short: V. challenging for beginners but a great race-need to do some hill training before next year! In full: I know it's a charity run and times aren't really the main focus, but there are many participants(serious runners and first timers) who put in a lot of training for this race so it would be great if the organisers could provide official race times and positions. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: I wish that the people who moan about not being able to get PB would get a life. I do a lot of races and if I got a PB every time I would be in the Olympics. This was a multi terrain race and should be treated as such. I was struggling with the mud and soft ground as much as anyone. It was fun and a challenge. I heard people moaning about the hill at the end. They must be wimps. Where is the grit and determination. I am sorry for moaning but I just thought I would put another perspective on things. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. There are many races that are not as well organised. Being a bloke i was not concerned about the shortage of toilets and if all the the other blokes had done the same as i did there would have been enough for the women. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Excellent course. Mildly undulating over parkland and quiet roads. P.B. potential as out and back course with return slightly downhill. Excellent facilities and good oranisation. Much better tyan Great North Run which is boring, over-rated and crowde Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great views, well organised challenging mostly uphill In full: I started off very well averaging about 3.5 minutes to the kilometer, but I underestimated the hills en finsihed at 51 minutes. Not bad for my first race. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lived up to expectations - superbly organised race In full: Having read last years comments in this forum I was expecting a lot and I wasn't disappointed. Full marks to everyone involved, the organisation was just perfect. The course is certainly PB material if you are in good shape so ideal for any newcomer or seasoned pro. Every marshall and member of the public were very supportive. The facilities were first class, excellent parking, easy to find, showers, raisins, nice hot drinks (if you aim it at your mouth not over your top) and biscuits at the finish, decent medal and an option to but a colourful T Shirt which makes a change from all the drab ones you'll see elsewhere. I have nothing bad to say about this race at all unless you are the type that like glorious scenery for 26.2 miles... but it is fair to say it had it's fair share is beautiful countryside. I will be back (and I don't often say that)...for a PB when I'm all mended. Well done to everyone involved.
Special thank you to Mel and Mike for giving up their Sunday morning to come and shout at me :-) Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: A very enjoyable Sunday run... In full: The most local 10K to me and proud of it. I enetered on the day and was impressed with the organisation, well done! Will be back for more next year... Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Well worth a go! In full: Local, having run / cycled all the roads over the years feel you couldn't do much better for a course from Swindon, certainly beats some of the past half marathon routes! Great to see the roads closed; atmosphere good, reminiscent of the support in the 82 marathon! Feelmore focus needed on post race refreshments.
In short: Well organised - excellent marshalls who were all well briefed and very encouraging made this one for me In full: My debut marathon and a great experience that I learned a lot from. Nice scenic flat course, excellent marshalls and good facilities at Tinsley park - I didn't even have to queue for the toilet! It's difficult to criticise anything, but I would probably prefer to be provided with energy drinks and a goodie bag (and pay the extra) but others may disagree. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: A tough course, well marshalled In full: A tough but enjoyble half marathon which was well marshalled with plenty of water stations and excellent support on route. However the prize giving was a bit haphazard and could do with losing the funfair. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great marshalls, flat course, weird t-shirt! In full: Beautiful day for it which helped. Start went well. Marshalls supportive and very clear at every point! Pity no small t-shirts but I'm not sure flourescent yellow is really my colour anyway! Well worth doing! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Glorious weather and glorious hills! In full: The course has changed slightly this year and could have done with a bit more in the way of markers. Unfortunatly the local farmer had removed some markers which didn't help! Few more marshalls would have been welcome. Apart from this another great Jog Shop 20, the new date works well. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great views on route and lots of cheers In full: My first half marathon which I found tough going. The loose horse at 2-3 miles was a bit scary! I was in bits at the end but glad I entered and even more pleased I finished!! Great marshalls and water stations, thank you all so much. I would get rid of the fun fair at the start/finish next year though. Date of review: October 16, 2005