In short: I am sure it will be better next year. In full: Awful early start particularly with the clocks going back. However if it had been later the field may have been bigger and it would have been caotic due to poor organising. The toilets were definately in the wrong location and there was not enough. I enjoyed the course, there are complaints about loops but it was away from traffic and it had pleasant scenery. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Not for beginners or the faint hearted!!!! In full: Not helped by a very muddy course this extremely hilly (mainly uphill it has to be said) course was very wet and very dirty - great if you like that kind of thing (it is called the Wild Races!!) - but not for non seasoned runners really. Bit running 'clubby' - not many unaffiliated people but well organised, friendly enough marshals and even the last few runners were applauded. Recommended for those who like to get a bit 'clarty'!! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: see report In full: the start was appalling, no one knew what the heck was going on , it took me 2 mins to cross line, no chip but thats another story.. congestion going around by the yacht was just ridiculous, my god, they want 10 000 runners to sign up for this, god helo them, they really have to rethink a lot of things so... course was pretty much what i expected, i knew about the nightmare of the last mile as i had checked the course map and ran it myself already, didnt know about the other detours tho, heading down that bloody pathway then back up, eeeurgh, anyway, managed a wee sprint to the end, shame i couldnt cross the bloody finishing line eh?? it was around 4 people deep, god knows what it was like after me, probably ended up people finishing at 13 miles i expect, so... stood in line for at least 15 mins, no water nothing, i had to ask someone to get me some, shuffled along in pens, then for some obscure reason they were taking our numbers?? a good 20/25 mins after we finisied? the offical results will be a joke finally got to water station and medal, then had to queue again for a banana!! aaaargh, oh then again for a wait, i quote* good quality goody bag* hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha yeah ok, get yourselves up to loch ness and see what a goody bag is! so, meade it eventually out of car park by 12.30!! only hr n half after i finished, i guess the 30 mins is fair enough, lots of cars, people still running etc, that i have no complaint over,everything else i do! my last 2 1/2's were Brass Monkeys & Lossiemouth, i was really really looking forward to this, my first home town one, i'm almost ashamed lessons need to be learned, yes kevin, i'm talking to you and i dont care now if you take the bloody huff. Well done to everyone who ran, and to marshalls and all the wonderful supporters, nice to meet a few of you, shame more couldnt make it to pub onwards and upwards is all i can say!! *please dont tell me the marathon i run by same people?*
In short: Perfect for beginners on a fast flat route In full: Hats off to the BHF for organising this first event in the lovely grounds of Abbey Park. Three events in one made it a real family day out with jogs catering for the entire age range.
A fast flat tarmac route winding its way through the grounds make this a perfect venue for a PB in 5K or 10K. Marshalls were very good in giving encouragement and the route was well marked.
The only down side that should be addressed was the finish area. With 5K runners/joggers completing 2 laps and 10K runners/joggers completing 4 laps, those finishing the 5K should have been filtered away from the course. Those who had finished the 5K unfortunately relaxed and loitered right in the way of those going round again and collisions were only just avoided. Something to take on board for next time I hope.
Shame the advertised medal wasn't forthcoming but a certificate made a nice momento.
Overall, a thoroughly good show that deserved more support. Well done. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: fantastic value for a run through great scenery and excellent organization In full: My first ever 20 mile run. Should set an example to other clubs on how to hold an event. To get this level of organization for only 5 pounds was amazing, and ideal prep for the FLM
In short: Heavy on the grass In full: Decent enough run although somewhat predictable as you could see most of the course and how far you had to go. Recent damp weather made grass quite heavy in parts, although day was pleasant enough weatherwise Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: lots of first race glitches but still enjoyable In full: my first half marathon so I was just glad to finish the course in a decent time - would strongly support suggestion re chip timing Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: One big hill which seemed to last forever In full: Big hill to start with and a smaller one at 5 miles. The strong wind certainly affected most people's times today. Was this because the race has moved forward into March instead of early April? Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Overall this race was badly organised from start to finish In full: I've done many 10Ks, 10 milers, Half Marathons and full Marathons and I have to say this was the worst organised race I've ever done but it was good training for FLM.I feel sorry for novices completing their 1st Half M'thon as there was no T Shir and a pathetic "goodie bag". They must be wondering what their money was spent on ! Date of review: March 26, 2006