In short: A Home run, for more than one reason. In full: So I'm biased. My home town, with loads of support and the beautiful streets of Oxford..... This is a well organised event that always draws a healthy crowd of supporters for the mix of fast club runners to first timers. The course is flat and scenic (to be picky, some on gravel paths. very minor point). I suppose the fact that you have to use Park and Ride may be a slight annoyance to non Oxford locals, but it's not an inconveinience that would put anyone off an excellent city centre 10k. Long may it grow in popularity !!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: The best half marathon around In full: Excellent race. Nothing negative to say about Hastings half. A must-do each year for me. The weather today made it even better, and made a nice change to have a wind-free last couple of miles along the seafront to the finish. The crowds at the half way(ish) roundabout were amazing, sounded like a carnival from a few hundred metres away. New course pb. 3rd time to do it, each time i've improved, and today was unexpected. Well done to everyone involved with the organisation. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: usual 4 lap course, some hate it, I like it, 5 miles never seems that long except on the final circuit. A strange course that seems more downhill than uphill, which is impossible I know, but thats always the way it seems to me. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Awesome! In full: Organisation was excellent. Well supervised parking was arranged near the start. Good line of toilets. Nice souvenirs for sale and a free programme. Roads were cleared of moving and parked cars. Marshalling was firm so no drivers got in the way. I felt very safe. The Tunbridge Wells organisers could learn a lot from Hastings. The support from the locals was so heartwarming - that helped me to a PB. The church choirs out singing. The pubs cheering. The crowd at 5 miles banging saucepans, blowing whistles and making a huge racket made me grin from ear to ear and lifted my legs. The wonderful downhill section along the pretty Old Town High Street, and then the long easy flat run up to the finish. And a nice cup of sweet tea at the end. Brilliant. I loved every minute. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Very nice friendly run, muddy and hilly but that was expected. Only 5.75 miles or 9.25 k so a bit short. In full: Followed the Cancer Research run circuit, well almost, but was short of 10k as it finished at the coffee shop without a lap of the field opposite.
Well marshalled, no water station and no medal but neither is critical and at £5 its a bargain.
In short: Challenging yet rewarding, though I wish the weather was more like spring In full: Though I wasn't overly impressed by the event info sheet sent with my number, it got me to the event and told me enough. This was well organised, and boasted a good route. I'd call it pretty hilly, though as a marathon runner planning to move into fell running I imagine my perspective on that will change. The route was challenging, and certainly on a bad weather day, parts of the course are all the more challenging. That said the organisers never tried to hide the fact there are a few hills to conquer. Mile markers were a ever present comfort, and everyone was friendly. I'll be back next year, and I'll be faster !!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: too ill to do it last year, glad I came this year, my best 10k yet. In full: The snow began to swirl as the beginning of the race loomed, a biting wind saw runners gather by the side of farm buildings glad of the wind break...gloves and hats coupled with bare legs and arms where accompanied by SMILES everywhere. I haven't done many races yet, but I never fail to be warmed by the numbers of people who show up to do their running, for whatever reason, and whatever the weather. I really enoyed this morning...helped by achieving a PB and despite the last kilometre being straight into a nasty wind that made ny face feel blue. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: I love this race - especially the hills! In full: Second Hastings 1/2 and I'm going to keep going back. Fantastic support and a great crowd of runners. The sun coming out on such a cold day was a bonus... Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Good first time 1/2 marathon, very scenic & generally flat In full: The race was well organised, parking was good, plenty of drinks stations not only was there 3 drinks stations on the run itself with both water and lucozade sport in addition there were tents beforehand with free lucozade sport which is always good. I was quite surprised about how scenic the run was which is a definete plus and I would recommend it as a good half marathon for first timers being fairly flat. My only complaint with the organisation was the fact that you couldn't even cross the finishing line by the time we finished as there was a long queue that had formed where the organisers were taking down times and handing medals out, so we had to wait a good 10-15 minutes before we could get a drink. I'm sure this can be better organised with perhaps leaving a bit of distance between the finishing line, the medals and the hall where you collect your belongings as I have never experienced anything like this in other races I have done before and it would have made a difference between it being an average race and a good one. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Challenging course, but excellent organisation and very friendly. In full: I enjoyed this much more than I had anticipated. I actually enjoyed the multiple laps - much to my surprise. The undulating nature of the course is an excellent test of conditioning, and it's a great boost to know that London is pancake flat by comparison. HUGE thank you to the club officials, marshalls, tea people, and a very friendly bunch of runners. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: What a great day out! In full: Much better organised than last 2 years. No queues for toilets or parking (in or out), plenty of water and energy gels were a treat! Thanks to all the villagers at Naseby for their support too. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: The taking of times needs to be sorted out especially if a big sports company is attaching their name In full: Enjoyed the race, there were lots of first timers/new runners there which is always refreshing to see. The marshalls were doing a good job - shame they were no warnings signs of runners on road for first few miles. Enjoyed it and will be back next year - if only to see that they have managed to sort out the bottleneck at the end of the race. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Surprisingly scenic. Reasonably flat. Fairly well organised. Good parking. In full: Definitely one of the nicer parts of MK, with lots of long flat stretches beside lakes, fields and even through a thatched chocolate-box village at the beginning (which was a surprise). Most of the route was on footpaths and cycleways away from busy roads, so traffic wasn't a big issue.
Lots of free Lucazade Sport helped justify the entry cost. Distributed at the beginning, end and two stations during the race.
Organisation was very good apart from a 15 minute session in a cattle pen at the end of the race whilst they recorded the time of each finisher. If they had just had a second pair of people recording the times, this situation would have been better (or better yet use timing chips). Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: OU is not at its best on a cold day! Plenty of parking ! In full: A few signs at the OU eg CAr Park this way would have helped the q! The race :forget V10 H9 & roundabouts not seen , the senic open water & the temple bit cold. Those who complain about TRAFFIC just do me in! The roads are not closed ONLY the police can hold the traffic! Most road races today suffer from this problem. The marshals must always make sure the runner is SAFE. Wht do runners leave the brains at home Date of review: March 12, 2006