In short: My first half marathon so I was probably a little too cautious finishing in 1:56 with energy to burn. The bag storage and start area were quite chaotic but generally organisation was good as was the atmosphere. Scalextric afterwards made the day.. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Fantastic race - will definitely do it again! In full: This was my 2nd half marathon, and to be honest I felt very demotivated by people telling me about the 'terrible' hills involved in this race.
Yes, there were quite a few hills, but apart from the big one at the beginning, which was long, but a fairly gentle slope, the other hills were very short (100 metres max.
The support is fantastic and certainly spurred me on up the hills!! Also, the second half of the race is all down hill or flat, and so it gives you a chance to get back a bit of speed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this race and will be back again next year! Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: good route, nice race, poor organisation at the finish In full: directions and parking were good, toilets (ladies) good, although I WISH those that weren't running, (i.e. spectators) would wait until after the race had started to use the facilities - at least they have a choice. Route fine - not sure my definition of flat is the same as some peoples but there you go. It certainly wasn't hilly. The finish was a joke. Where was the finish line? And only one person recording numbers? If you came in at approx the 2hr mark it was chaos, and freezing. I waited about 10 mins (I timed it) to get through which was way too long in those conditions. Lucozade was a surprise, but its a shame they only provided the yukky orange one at the end and no water. It'd do it again though. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Painfull & horrible wind but really glad I made the effort to come In full: Well organised, but felt sorry for some faster runners that weren't sure where the finish was and ended up running up the main entrance road. By the time I came round the final time we were being told where to go. First Stafford 20 in prep for my first FLM - really good training......but still aching! Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: go back to old route In full: i liked the route where you went down to rosyth and back up. i agree about the start and ending in the park but the thought of laps or loops does my head in Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Challenging in the cold conditions, very well organised and well worth doing In full: The organisation was spot on, loads of parking, HQ in a nice building, was a good training run in preparation for FLM Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: What a challenge must be done. In full: 100% Concentration required very scenic very big hills. wet slippy muddy after 18miles just a breeze across the the peeble beach to the finish great atmosphere well organised.A big thank you to the marshals. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Bring in Champion Chip timing! In full: A great course, well signposted and with plenty of lucozade sport on offer. It wasn't clear where the start line was, better sign posting and maybe a guy with a microphone would have helped. It may have been beneficial for a group warm up session too? As i was running towards the end it wasn't very clear how close i was to the finish line, maybe a half mile and quarter mile to go sign would have helped me time my final sprint better. Then of course the usual grumble about finishing and having to stand still in the cold for five mins. The inaccurate timings or positions don't bother me too much as i used the time form my stopwatch but being unable to cool down or stretch properly was very bad form. Having said that i had a great run, got a nice medal and I'd come back next year but only if chip timings were used. I don't mind paying say £5 more to enter as long as the finish line moves well and we all get chance to stretch out when it matters. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: My first half marathon and it converted me! In full: A great crowd and a great course. The start and finish worked like clockwork given such a big field, and I really liked being able to see the elite runners sprinting back past you as you run up the river. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Potential decent race ruined by a poor start and an even worse finish. In full: A good race for either a potential PB or workout for London was spoilt first at the start, well we just started, I heard no hooter in fact there was no indication that we had actually crossed the startline. As for the finish I was in the middle of the field and therefore in the crush at the funnells. My muscles have been very stiff for the last two days which could have been avoided if I didn't spend 10 minutes in the funnel getting cold and frustated. Will only consider doing this again if they introduce chip timing. Otherwise the race is good value particularly if you have a fondness for Lucozade Sport. Date of review: March 14, 2006