In short: well-organised, friendly race in beautiful countryside with lardy cakes for the winners In full: This is a new race but the organisation was superb, the route challenging but beautiful, a good mix of runners (winning time, for route that was approx 10.2K, 37.15 by the village postman Dave Caddy), and the trophies for category winners supplemented by lardy cakes and cucumbers. The lardy cakes came from the village bakery, the baker being a member of Maiden Newton Runners. Date of review: August 17, 2005
In short: Good race for learning some new running skills In full: I enjoyed this race as it was a bit different to the norm. Two laps was good for me as I felt I had to be brave (I'm sure a skill you need at a marathon). The wind running back was hard but I only came 50 secs from a PB so I must have done an ok job. At times it reminded me of a steeple chase as there was the odd launch into and over water. Again, the jelly fish were funny. My gripes against the race concerned my wife who was at the back as she hasn't done much running in ages. I don't think she was terribly slow but by the time she was past the south pier on the last lap, the cones had been moved and then when she got to the end, the drinks station seemed to have shut down. What got me was she wasn't even last.
In short: Great organisation, easy parking, enough toilets, not quite flat though! Great teas too. In full: A very well organised race - great marshalls, good route marking, easy and plentiful parking, lovely setting for start and finish and pretty route. Only down side: should be billed as "flat/undulating" because although most of it is pancake flat, there are 2 hills that are tough for the less experienced runners. Date of review: August 17, 2005
In short: Ok for mountain goats. In full: Fantastic scenery marred by the fact that there's a massive hill in the second and third kms before you can see it! Low key but well-organised. Excellent goody bag. Not a PB course. Date of review: August 17, 2005
In short: Surprisingly fast course, great day. In full: I'm not a great fan of multiple lap races but I found myself looking forward to the second lap as I reached the end of the first. I was a bit concerned about the hills but they weren't bad at all hence the PB I ran - 47 seconds off! Date of review: August 16, 2005
In short: My first competing half-marathon. Very enjoyable. In full: This race took place on my home turf, and it's the first time I've been old enough to participate. Glad I did, and running this familiar travel route feels different when faced with competitors. Hot day, which got a bit aggravating, but enjoyable scenery, and a good running surface. Date of review: August 16, 2005
In short: In my home city, LOVED it... In full: My first 10k, felt a bit demoralised at sooooo many people ahead of us, but really enjoyed it. Course a bit hilly but quite like ups and downs - none of them too steep. Will definitely be back. Nice goody bag, too! Date of review: August 16, 2005
In short: Liked it, no food at the end... In full: I was slow (66 mins) but a PB for me, so v.happy (& on a tougher course then my last 10k)... Great marshalls, pretty up and down though & the bridge is LONG. Kms 3-5 a bit of a drag... Will be back though. Date of review: August 16, 2005