In short: Was great to win first bute half-marathon in my second home. Real nice winners' place painted by local artist Jessica Herriot In full: Tough course but I new scenery would make it all worthwhile for all the runners who took park. Isle of Bute little bit of paradise in west of Scotland. Hopefully will organise again for next year and attract some more runners. Alastair. Date of review: August 3, 2005
In short: Superb race, covering beautiful countryside. Very hilly, with some stonking long climbs; the views are so spectacular that you HAVE to stop running to admire them! Date of review: August 3, 2005
In short: An enjoyable day out In full: Only gripes were the conjestion at the start, which cost me around 30 secs, also I wouldn't call it flat. Also the distance, seemed a bit dodgy at least three runners with Garmins who I talked to clocked it at over 13.3miles. Still what the heck, it was all for charity, and had a great family atmosphere. Might get the wife to do it next year, as I missed my PB by over 4mins. Date of review: August 3, 2005
In short: A good race, good course, but dont go off to fast first part of the race is fast down hill. In full: Good course, facilities, orgainisation, but be warned i've never done this race and it been cold - it can be very hot and there is little sun shelter - so take in the fluids. First few miles are down hill so take it easy, mild/hard climb from about 6 to 8. then down hill till the end. This race has been going ages and theres is always a great crowd even at my sluggish 75-80 mins for the 10 miles.
Its not that pricy considering how much organising a 10 miler takes and last years t-shirt was fab.
In short: 1/2 M Review: Potential to be a great Race In full: Only minor points. Price is a bit steep but then its similar to most big races these days. Only one gripe. Sort out the poor quality t-shirts - either dont give one out or ask people to pay. Mine lasted 1 week, before starting to disintergrate. Date of review: August 2, 2005
In short: Great organisation, flat but reasonably pretty course, definitely worth it. In full: Cheap, well organised, and I liked Victoria Park. Definite potential for PBs as I guess there isn't crowds there, and it's very flat. But also welcoming to beginners like me. Didn't like the lap structure as it's a little disheartening on your second lap to be lapped by men about to finish,when you still have a third lap left to go, but I guess that's more a personal thing! Really enjoyed it overall. Date of review: August 2, 2005