In short: 2 hills, no waiting In full: Super smooth organisation, a playful course, lots (that's LOTS) of enthusiastic marshalls, a great commentator, support around the route, a woman shouting out 6k split times, excellent memento (slate coaster)
In short: Muddy and fun! In full: Good for beginners. Commentary at the end was nice, although the finish is a bit demoralising having to run all the way down the field! Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: a must every year .well done In full: this is how you organise a race,well done to the marshalls and organisers.Friendly and brilliant.Emailed results when i got home big city events please take note Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: Fantastic memories of a great race In full: What other half marathon race goes through a castle and finishes in a superb stadium. Great support from the taffs!(the crowd and the marshalls).On the downside,medal collection was awful and access to stadium viewing could be improved.However,it a fairly new race so it will probably get better and better.
In short: a well organised race with a good route In full: An excellent start to the year despite the fog which obligingly cleared enough to alloe the views from the hilltops. Enter early to avoid disappointment. Date of review: January 22, 2006
In short: Great Start of Year Race Held Over Unusual Distance In full: The last time I raced this (2004) they nearly had to cancel it as it was too cold. This year it was the fog that almost called off the race - but thankfully the collective breaths of 700 or so runners appeared to clear the worst of the mist just before the start of the race. The 12k course packs in plenty of challenges - mostly in the first half, with a seemingly never ending hill between 2-4 km swiftly followed by an even nastier little climb, and then some sweeping decents and a particularly tricky little hairpin which had me struggling to stay on the correct side of the road. Thankfully the latter stages of the race are much flatter and allow some recovery before the finish. As with the other times I have run the race, the marshals are plentiful and excellent - each one offered encouragement - and the crowd was surprisingly abundant and enthusiastic for a race mostly on country lanes. Oh and I like the coaster as a race memento, I have one already in my bedroom and this one will take pride of place at work to be used with the mug they handed out in 2003! It is certainly unusual to be handed a race prize which has a practical use! Date of review: January 22, 2006
In short: Great race, would definitely do this again In full: Race was fairly well organised. Route was scenic with challenge of mud hill. Only disappointing factor was that it was shorter than claimed (my forerunner said 14.8km). Date of review: January 22, 2006