In short: Fab day In full: Probably biased as this was my first marathon but throughly enjoyed. Marshalls were good, weather perfect, course was very pleasant and had lots of lovely people to chat to around the course (big hello to Plodding hippo who was great company for 7/8 miles). The finish in the stadium was mega ! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: A real challenge with a bit of everything. In full: Probably tougher than I thought it would be & although I was expecting some mud & water, I didn't expect what was to come in 'The Wetlands'. The start was a bit cramped for my liking. You need full concentration throughout the race or you can easily end up on your backside. Everytime you ran through one of numerous large puddles you would have no idea how deep it was going to be. Overall, I really enjoyed the race & would actually prefered it to be a bit longer. Price is a little high. Looking forward to next year's race & hoping it will be even tougher. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Fantastic race! Who wants to road race when you can wade thru deep mud and laugh at the sheer madness of it! I'm hooked. In full: Thanks to the two blokes who grabbed me as I almost went head under in the first real bit of water/mud. Nobody tells you the mud doesn't come off -still finding bits after 2 showers and a bath! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Great, but tough run. Hardest part was not knowing how far was left to go! In full: An achievement for me just to get around! Will carry more water next time though. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Great fun challenging race - a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning In full: Excellent race, slightly improved organisation from last year but still some way to go. Loved the mud and puddles, hated the hills. Glorious weather helped make this a lovely morning as did the Mars bar at the end. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: A great and well organised race. However, I was surprised that there were only 2 ladies toilets for such a big event. This resulted in a huge queue and I was worried to miss the start... They should have provided portaloos. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Quicker than expected, good atmosphere, spectator friendly. In full: I was surprised how quick it was - could be because of the generally good standard of runners. My family were pleased with the reasonably priced tea and cakes whilst waiting for me to finish. The slight hill at the end is a bit of a killer. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: What a great race In full: Not as tough as I thought it might be but what a great race / event. The start was a bit weird and I'm not sure why we all went in from the front and not the back but was we got started I guess it didn't matter. Couldn't understand why people were avoiding the mud early on - going through the middle was actually easier and quicker. Well most of the time - I came a bit of a cropper trying the same at the start of the Wetlands but it is all part of the fun.
Access to showers at the end was very welcome particularly as I was staying in a hotel. I would have loved to have seen there faces if I had turned up as I was. Binned my socks and shorts at the end and am still trying to get the mud out of my running top.
Looking forward to next year. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Great race: well organised, fast, friendly, fun and great scenery. un and In full: This was my first Half Marathon and surpassed my expectations. I finished about 15 minutes quicker than I had hoped for;I really enjoyed the scenery; the real range of abilities was great - it really put me at ease; the chip timing was excellent, especially given I started well toward the back of the field, and the atmosphere was great too, friendly and welcoming without being smothery. I definitely want to be back there next year!! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: lovely sunday morning country run! In full: be weary of the gradual hill at about 8miles goes on for over a mile so watch it if your wanting that quick finish! Date of review: October 24, 2005
In short: most challenging race I've experienced, not to be mised In full: I had been warned...and the stagger lived up to its reputation as one of the most challenging races around. However I would recommend it to anyone looking for a real challenge. Make sure you book the following day off work..... Date of review: October 24, 2005