In short: A very well run city event, big race feel, excellent. In full: Couldn't fault it in any way really, apart that "hill" !! did see some big queues building for bag collection but over all great ! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Couldn't fault it In full: Seriously, can't think of anything they could have done better for me. My first half, and probably the best organised race I've done, considering the scale of it. Great course (even the much-dreaded hill was easier than I expected) and support all the way, good water and lucozade stations (and bottles/pouches are much better than plastic cups), organisation around start and finish was great (I'm glad they cut the chip off as I couldn't reach my feet by that point). The clocks on the mile markers were a nice touch, and I actually now own a race T-shirt that fits me, never usually get XL t-shirts at all. And a nice goody bag with a nice chunky medal. Nope, still can't think of a complaint. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: As a first-ever, a thoroughly enjoyable and well organised day In full: First ever race, and thoroughly enjoyed it (despite the pain!). Drinks stations about right, good signage along the course (there were mile markers at EVERY mile guys), and marshalls offered plenty of encouragement for those tired legs.
Process of filtering through to the start was no problem (if you went down when advised to and not left it to the last minute) and allowed for a smooth start.
Will definitely be back for more in '07!!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Perfect race In full: I can't think of a thing wrong with this race. The organisation and marshalling were perfect. Great value with goodybag (inc food!) and sweatshirt. One of the best races on the calender. The hills are not for the faint hearted though. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Much better than expected In full: Having read a few of the reviews from last year they seemed critical and having now run the event I would say over critical. This was a very well organised event and I have no grumbles whatsoever. Great water and energy drinks, super medal and some washing powder to do my kit with tonight!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Brilliant race, my fourth time I think. Superbly organised, brill course, lots of drink stations, perfect FLM prep. Only gripe is the presentation and results, every year we're kept waiting for hours! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great course, great running weather, stupid chip system In full: It felt like most of the course was downhill and I knocked 26 mins of my PB so I think I must have gone the wrong way! Start was conjested but that's all part of it, but taking chips off at the end was all a bit silly really, especially as they only time you from the gun and not the line. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Pretty flat well organised half, but can be exposed to the elements In full: I have run this a few times a it's pretty well organised. More toilets this year which was great! Went off on time, marshalls were a bit lack lustre only a few being encouraging.Water and lucozade stops worked well. Medal and T-shirt in bag although only XL left by the time I finished...
Very,very expoxsed to the wind this year. Felt like running into a 20mph wind about 75% of the time. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: well organised, very friendly, In full: my second year at this race came in at 1hr 47mins - 11 mins better than last year, really enjoyed this race and good prep for flora london marathon Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised. 2nd lap was hillier! In full: I wanted a challenge before the marathon. That was it! Wow! Starting slowly to try and run the whole distance, I plodded happily for 15 1/2 miles. The first lap was much flatter than the second, but overall it wasn't too bad. Marshalls and water people were all very helpful and friendly, even with chocolates at 18 miles! Not too sure about the time, but a good guide that I need some more miles before London! Thanks all, a good run! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A lovely spring run with a few organisational hitches In full: Lovely, scenic, friendly but challenging run. Beautiful weather, the only disappointments were bad toilets and not enough water (inc. none at the end). But like Arnie, I'll be back! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Definitely worth a trip, but effort is needed to take the event up a level In full: Too few mile markers, no t-shirt-unless you bought one, and lack of refreshments post race. The race information sent out to runners was also poor. The map of the start and race route was another 'good with a pencil' types, so often favoured by race organisers. Good baggage area and well marshalled on the course, but in my second year of running, it strikes me that the more sponsorship available, the less the runner can expect. Will I be back ? Probably !
In short: no medal In full: I am one of the people who like the cheesy participant's medals you get at the end. This one said it was part of the momentos. It wasn't. Don't put it on Runners world if it isn't true! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised, good value, shame about the scenery In full: Very windy day, especially hard on the last 2 miles. You can not fault the organisation and the value for your entrance money. Goody bag contains a good quality medal and t-shirt and food to really help with your recovery. The scenery was a bit dull, but you have to expect that going round a race track. Knocked 15 minutes off my PB, so i'm well happy. Date of review: March 20, 2006