In short: Well organised and lovely course In full: I liked the Black Dog 1/2 towel, much more useful than a medal. And I immediately used it in the showers that were available in the Clubhouse (Paul Botha pls note). 1/2 marathon PB for me. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Tough but worth it In full: I used to live in Kenilworth, so maybe I'm biased, but I like this race. A friend of mine competed it with me in 2001, who had run a 3:15 London Marathon and described it as "the hardest race he had ever run" - I think he was exagerating a bit, but he has steadfastly refused to run it since - I on the other hand am going back again this year and am determined to crack 40 minutes on it... Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: back to nature In full: A great race, if somewhat challenging. We had heard it was so good we entered as walkers (and sort of ran - as did others) as the race was full months ago, and we weren't disappointed. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: This year's Battle of the Somme-like conditions underfoot made the race more of a challenge than ever, but added to the atmosphere among competitors (and the aches the day after). One year we'll get to do it in snow! In full: This year's Battle of the Somme-like conditions underfoot made the race more of a challenge than ever, but added to the atmosphere among competitors (and the aches the day after). One year we'll get to do it in snow! Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: WELL DONE - amazing for a 1st event, organisation outstanding. In full: EVERY single marshall had applause and words of encouragement. The organisation was OUTSTANDING. Thank you VERY much. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Fast Race on a Flat Course In full: The race is a PB magnet, took more than 2 mins off mine this year. However the course is dull and the HQ is getting shabbier every year, pity the poor kids who get taught at the school. The organisation is fine and tea and cakes are welcome. The momento is nice given the low entry fee. I'll be back for another PB next year. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Quiet,semi-challenging,the antidote to a big race phobic In full: Small races don't get better than this-rural country lanes,no large crowds,the odd chill wind and occasionally ice-cold rain shower to remind you things shouldn't be take for granted,an "honest" race with pb potential and a nice mug at thr finish.No oversize heavy cotton t-shirt or strange bags of sugar in the "goody bag".Do it every year! Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: A good race with some pros and cons. In full: The highlight of the race is the course that runs along the river and Hampton Court, long, flat and scenic. Good drink stations, lucozade and good marshals and volunteers.The downsides are; the crowded and narrow pavements once you have left the river, goody-bag with no goodys and the fact you have to pay to store your bag. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: 2006 Half Marathon: Very well organised Half Marathon and Marathon! In full: Strong head wind at times, but the friendly crowd in the villages made certainly up for this... Very scenic and versatile run - the miles really seemed to come by quickly. Only the refreshments were rather disappointing - bacon rolls are not exactly great refuel after a race... And the tea and coffee were pretty horrible! It's also a shame that "Running Forever (one of the sponsors and a great running shop in Taunton) did not have a stall there. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: A Rip Off In full: While this race had positive elements, the negative definittely outweighs the good. First the Good
Flat Course with great training potential for the London Marathon. Lucozade drinks on the course Email reminders before the race.
The Bad Sparse Marshalling it was difficult to see a marshal along the course at bends and at dangerous points.
T-Shirts - Why did we have to pay for them? Most events would provide them for free!
Bag Storage - Why did we have to pay for this? I'm yet to see an event where I've had to pay for the storage AND have to wade through the bags at the end myself to find my own one.
Parking - Could someone have mentioned that its free parking till eleven in Kingston? Probably not cause we were all encouraged to park at Eden Walk despite loads of other carparks abounding probably cause Human Race had a deal with them to get part of the takings. Oh and did I mention there was absolutely no signage to the car park?
Mugs that didn't differentiate what race you did.
Toilets - Where were they? I'm surprised Human Race the organisers didn't arrange to collect fees at the few toilets there were.
Starting times not sure whose idea all the various starting times was. Perhaps chips for the next one seeing as at the end it was disorganised and I'm sure at least 4 people that finished after me were able to get their barcode taken before mine.
Goody Bags - There was nothing in it! No medals, complimentary lucozade not even a banana!
Can't see myself going back. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: Friendly and well organised. Definite PB potential. In full: Now that I know the course has been measured and that my time wasn't a fluke, I'll try harder next year. Very friendly and low-key event, well worth the trip, and it's all for a good cause. Date of review: April 5, 2006
In short: The finish "organisation" spoilt it for me In full: I huff and puffed the 8.2 mile course and saved something for the finish sprint only to discover I had to queue to shuffle in a mob under the finish so what about accurate timing then? The funnel itself was wide and unregulated so in the slow shuffle towards the guys collecting the barcode your position was bound to be lost - especially when they just opened up another lane to the funnel so the people behind could get past. They just could not cope with all the 9-10 minute milers arriving together (the faster chaps had no such problem although one of them told me that his GPS thingy recorded 8.4 miles rather than the published 8.2m) Still I did it and now I have a clunky mug to show for it.
Oh one thing the organisers don't tell you is that in Kingston parking is free on a Sunday until 11am - which was fine for us 8 milers in the know Date of review: April 4, 2006