In short: Excellent fun but tired and muddy! In full: In spite of walking up the hil, I ran this 3 minutes faster than my predicted time! So I suspect (like the other contributors to this page) that it was a shade less than 10k. But otherwise an excellent event. Date of review: April 4, 2006
In short: Mud Mud everywhere.. In full: Despite the weather there was a good atmosphere from all. Lots of mud (even before the race started!) Not to sure what was exactly gentle about the gentle inclines that were described though! I certainly found this race the hardest out of all I've done (Inc my half marathon) but then I'm from the fens ;) All in all I enjoyed myself and its certainly for a great cause. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: A great race In full: Well organised, well marshalled, great value for money, nice mug (very useful) and good prizes (I came 2nd). Good support around the course. Shame the weather intervened A PB course in better conditions. Will be back Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Some good points some bad In full: The positives
Good Flat fast course
The results up sunday afternoon thats excellent as uk athletics couldnt get the intercounties results up until the tuesday.
Good competition and even better support.
Perhaps overpriced deff when you consider you dont even get a t shirt. Who wants a crappy plastic medal rather than something you can actually use. I thought trying to make you but a race t shirt was daylight robbery.
On the subject of the medal as was under the impression that you got gold silver and bronze depending on your finishing position. In the past its been top 50 gold etc etc. I came 8th 32.46 and got silver. Still would have prefered a t shirt.
Obviosly got to mention the delayed start which was a shambles. once you warmed up etc you just want to get going. If the delay was just for a car on the course so be it we all no not to run into a car.
The wind in the last few k really really slowed you down but thats not the organisers fault.
k's 7 and 8 deff wrong as someine else mentioned. Mine were 3.30 then 2.50.
Some people starting on the very front line who certainly shouldnt be there n just wanted to get in the picture.
My final point and not so much one about this race but more about the current situation in general. SUB 40 MINS CONSIDERD AN ELITE START? No wonder where so far behing the africans this is simply laughable. The first marker behing the "elite" start was something like sub 1hr 10 i mean goodness sake. We foster joggers far too much these days i see too many people finish training sessions and races with smiles on their faces not grimaces like i want to see. if we ever want to catch the africans we need to all be being carried of the track at least once a week due to exhaustion. At the midland relays the other week i saw i guy finish who had run so hard hed givern himself a nose bleed. Now thats what i like to see! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Certainly a challenge In full: Being advertised as a Mayor's race, I expected this to be a nice leisurely run ideal for first-timers raising money for local charities, how wrong I was.
The field was relatively small for a half marathon which meant I was effectively running on my own for most of the race with nobody within 50 yards of me so it felt a lot more like a training run than participating in a race. The fact that none of the roads were shut and meant you had to run with traffic driving up from behind you added to the feeling of it being a training run, just as later in the race when there were no marshalls meant I had to stand at the side of the road twice waiting for a chance to get across without being run over.
I was intending to do this as my last race before the London Marathon but unfortunately a bout of flu and bronchitis has meant I'm out of that race but I was hoping this would be a nice re-introduction to running, expecting it to be a fundraisers event from the name. The first 5 miles were uphill, and I mean steep hills, followed by about 2 miles steeply downhill, which meant I was completely gone by the 7 mile mark. Unfortunately there were absolutely no marshalls between the second and third water stations which meant after being too tired to really continue having to walk about 2 and a half miles to find an official - if I was too ill to walk that distance I'd have been at the mercy of passing strangers rather than race officials to help me which I thought was quite bad, especially given how tough the course was and how little warning there was of the severity of the event.
Still, being a very tough half in early April will probably give it another go as it would make a good pre-London workout, but personally I wasn't overly impressed with it as a half marathon on its own. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Challenging first half marathon - especially the wind on the return leg! In full: Nice out run from the start with plenty of reasonable undulations to allow for a challenge, however, the wind on the return leg made for heavy legs at the finish - energy sapping murder! At least it was relatively flat on the way home. Impossible chance of a PB given the weather. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Improved organisation from previous years. In full: Personally I did not experience the farce with the non-arrival of packs. Consequently I feel the organisation has improved from previous years and the toilets were no longer cholera hazards. However, as I travel from the North-West I will be looking for some assurance that the pack problem is a one-off.
Three things cause problems, but all runner related.
a) Why line up at the head of the field if you are not going to run more than a few yards before walking? b) Inconsiderate people throwing the water bottles in the middle of the road causing hazards for later runners. c) Why is it every year people stop to chat in the middle of the crowds trying to use the exit. Also, use some common sense, once you've struggled to leave through the crowded exit, add to your enjoyment by trying to get back into the assemble area(against the crowds). Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Great scenery, good course but poor organisation. Too many races in the same place, badly run water stations and the minor roads should be closed. The wind and hills in the lst 4 miles were tough but the atmosphere was good and overall worth doing. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Friendly, windy, top marshalls - great Marathon prep In full: It was a very windy day and there were some exposed roads on the course. Marshalling and drinks stations were superb and offered great encouragement - thanks very much for that Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: First class. A very special thanks to the Marshalls. In full: First 8-9 miles great, then the wind came and it made an easy, flat course, feel like an uphill struggle. Wouldn't have missed it for anything. Very enjoyable, roll on next year. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Nice finish, good crowds, bad organisation In full: The course was better than last year - the crowds were better than last year - even my time was better than last year!! Sadly though, the organisation wasn't. I too had to pay postage twice for my entry pack. I also noticed different coloured medals. Given that many of the roads were closed by 10:00 if not earlier, why the road wasn't clear at the start time I'll never know. The signage at the start was poor, so it was difficult to know where to 'line-up'. Not sure of the benefit of a water station at 8.5km? Just one along Burton Road would have done nicely.
The organisers need to really see what 'larger' races do and take note. Being constructive - toilets by the start line would be nice.
In short: What was wrong with using the car parks? In full: Was really looking forward to this after the Bath Half marathon. But after the weather the evening before added the extra challenge of the 'bog of eternal stench' at the 2k (and 7.5k) mark. The "undulating" terrain as mentioned in literature was certainly interesting but still managed sub 57min (the same time for my 10k of the BHM. Did get the feeling that Longleat didn't really welcome us (unlike the cancer research staff) parking us on a muddy hill when all the carparks were virtually empty. Didn't they want our kids to go and investigate pets corner? Nice day overall though and look forward to doing this or different 10k around Longleat Date of review: April 3, 2006