In short: Fast course, great organisation, loads of water and a stadium finish. Well worth making the effort for. Congratulations to all concerned. In full: Fast, almost flat, out&back course from dedicated athletics stadium in Carlisle. Excellent facilities before and after (though the car park was a bit full - may need to look at this if the race gets any bigger) and well marshalled throughout. More water stations than I've seen at any previous half. There's a couple of bottlenecks early on in the existing route but the organisers have already indicated that they intend to try and alleviate this minor grip for next year.
Overall, theres something for everyone. Its a good day out for the family - who can enter a genuinely 'fun' family fun run or there's a 4.5 mile race for those who don't fancy the half. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: a very well organised event,with friendly people,great weather,good course,lovely medal and t-shirt,well worth doing. In full: it was my second time doing this race,and once again it excelled itself...good crowd support at the end,finishing on the track..well done to organisers. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Lovely Scenery - peaceful - hills! In full: First time on this course and was pleasantly surprised, after having done mainly urban courses it was a real pleasure to be out in the countryside, weather helped too. The experience was "enhanced" by a riderless horse running amongst us between 2 and 3 miles. Only gripe is that it would have been nice to have a changing tent.
In short: Well organised, good flat course but with a sting in the tail. In full: Good new course, well marshalled, nice to see 3 water and sponge stations on a warm day. The marshalls could have gone out onto the course before the runners had formed for the start though and saved us all nestling into the bushes to let them past.
Fast start downhill, generally flat but then the sting from 8 miles a long steady incline to about 9.5 miles, but still a good PB potential route in lovely countryside. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great Fun...wonderful scenery In full: Superb weather...wonderful forest scenery...just enough deep mud puddles to make it fun! Not a PB but quite a social crowd taking part. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great surroundings and Legoland was a bonus for my daughters... In full: Couldn't complain about the route apart from that last hill.. Totally enjoyable but I must include a few off road routes in my weekend runs.. Thanks to all involved!! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: fantastic.very good great day out. will not run bristol again. swindon def now gets my vote. far better value for money In full: Goody bag- mars bar,bottled water,a nice t shirt and......... TOOTHPASTE!!!!!???????? Well we runners may stink after the race, but at least we can have cleaming white smiles!!!! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: The best HM going? Top course. Superb atmosphere. Despite it's size it works perfectly. Ace for beginners. In full: Twistyness at the start is the only problem, given the number of competitors. This really has it all, though - a marvellous fast course, bags of water/sponges/energy drinks, fabulous spectator support, spot-on organisation and more pubs and restaurants that you can shake a stick at once you've got the medal. Marvellous. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Very well organised, but route not that exciting In full: My second attempt at running this race. I did enjoy it and even set a PB. But its a lot of running on pavements, which makes it quite a crowded race. Pretty much running round suburbia, but it is quite leafy Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely fast riverside course, great T-shirts, what's not to like? In full: Given the choice between being shoehorned into a crowd of half a million at the Nike 10k (held on the same day) or doing the Cabbage Patch (at a third of the price), I think I know which I'd go for. Well organised, lovely course with lots of variation, great marshals, and one of the great race T-shirts waiting at the end. A bit of a sea of red and gold as well, as it's also the Serpentine club championship 10-miler! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely course. Very friendly. Will be back next year. In full: Better than last year in that there was bottled water and the course had lost the bizarre little detour at 10m. Only gripe was that there was no changing area that I could see (there was a tent last year). Some alarming moments when a horse decided to join in - no chip no time, Dobbin. Didn't enjoy being honked to get out of the way at 12m by a comedy chicken on a quad-bike. I really enjoy this event - the countryside, interesting course and slightly low-key atmosphere make it a real pleasure. Will definately be back next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great course. But maybe it's getting too big!!! as lanes and paths were crowded and quite dangerous at times!! - but over all brilliant! In full: Beautiful scenery, excellent water stations throughout and great atmosphere. I only wish more of the marshalls were friendly and encouraging - some were totally bored and disinterested. Would have been useful to have water at the finish line too. But despite a few minor gripes I would do the run again and would recommend it to anyone esp first timers!!! Date of review: October 16, 2005