In short: another pb and a great day what a wonderfull way to finish a marathon infront of a great crowd of people.thanks to all concerned with the running of this great event. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: A nice way to spend your Sunday morning In full: Uphill at the start. A bit more uphill a little later, and some more uphill just when you think it's time to go downhill. Well, it felt like that anyway. The start and finish was the same place and the course was out and back, I must have missed the downhill parts. Don't let that put you off though, in my view the gradients were quite shallow (though briefly with the odd exception).
PB potential limited by the narrow pathways which were quite crowded on the outbound leg. If you're aiming to get a new PB, get to the front for the start.
Scenery at Stowe was rather pleasant, and the surface was a mixture of road, path and track.
The only real disappointment for me was that though for your £10 (on the day) and you get a certificate and a medal, the medal doesn't say what the race was. Hopefully the organisers wil take not and print the race name on the ribbon for next year.
All in all, I'm pleased I entered this one, and I plan to be there next year too. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation, great atmoshere, the best Great Run for me! In full: I decided to run all of the BUPA great runs and this is my 4th event. It was definitely the best, begin enough for a really good atmosphere but not too big (like the GNR), very flat and fast. The wave start worked perfectly and there was hardly a walker in the first wave (thanks guys!). All in all a great 10 miler, thoroughly recommended to experienced and beginners Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Friendly people, flat course, PB for a half marathon by 6.5 mins. T-shirts and medals good. Drove back to Newcastle with smile on face. In full: Excellent race. Bit warm but not complaining. Course fine not totally flat but not brutal either and was quite scenic. Would definately do it again next year. Starting in the town centre and finishing in the stadium may help get rid of the early bottleneck.
One gripe is that the marshals were not the most encouraging you'll ever find. There are not many people out on those country roads and being encouraged to keep running or told you are doing well can make such a difference even if both of you know its a lie!!!! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great scenery and an enjoyable race In full: A completely new route this year, which I was concerned about because I loved the old course. But the new one is just as beautiful and a little flatter, although the single climb in mile 9 is fairly brutal and the headwinds in the exposed sections are a challenge. Mostly though it's a lovely stroll along winding, traffic-free roads.
I thought the mile markers were pretty much spot on and the organisation was fine - no problems at start or finish and well marshalled and signposted throughout. Nice T-shirt and pot of jam in the goody bag.
Relatively small field so it gets a bit lonely at times - I can understand why they decided not to accept entrants on the day, to avoid any delays, but I'm not sure it's the right decision.
In short: great race hillier than i expected and very slippery in places In full: really enjoyed this the weather was fantastic lovely to go round castle afterwards although legs got tired when we got lost in maze! will do more hill training next time Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: You won't get a PB, but you'll get a great run and a great day In full: The atmosphere was really good, the organisation was almost spot-on, amd the course is surprisingly scenic for Swindon - although you pay a little for this in the altitude gain/loss! Plentiful water, good marshalling and markers, plus a nice t-shirt. Only marginal criticism was that parking was not signposted, making it trickier for non-Swindonians to find. A really enjoyable day out, and I would definitely do this again. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely waether but not for 1/2 marathons! In full: Still retains its feel good factor, although start needs to be put elsewhere due to bottlenecking. Excellant Race and excellant value Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: An urban race with style! In full: What a splendid race! Organisation spot-on. The built-up-ness of the area was thoroughly outdone by the scenic-ness of the river. The view of Richmond hill at ~8m was uplifting - glad I didn't have to run up that. Given better prep I think this course has PB written all over it... but sadly blew up today somewhere between 6m and 7m and even the greater than normal level of "eye candy" couldn't distract me enough! Definitely one to do again next year! BTW - I liked the shirt at the end - it kept me warm! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Nice course - pity about the milemarkers In full: Nice course and a lovely day. Even though it is a new course the milemarkers are still wrong!, but oh well...... Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: extremely good In full: yet again another Good race in S.W. London, everything ran like clockwork and the organisers changed the colour of the shirt too (Canary Yellow). cannot fault it well DONE Date of review: October 16, 2005