In short: A fun, mildly challenging race for beginners. In full: This race was very enjoyable, however the first 5 miles are very hilly and as I had only ever run very flat courses before this was quite a challenge for me. The final miles are totally flat and pass through some lovely picture postcard villages which help kept my mind off my aching legs!
It seemed to be mostly locals running in this race and there were not that many supporters about so as far as motivation goes you're pretty much on your own!
Bring your sun block - I got sunburnt! Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Prob with the K markers which was rather confusing! The big bottles of water given out were unnecessary! They were heavy, hard to open and dangerous when thrown for both runners and spectators!! Should have been at both sides of rd. Nice scenery tho. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Well managed half marathan, run toward the finsihing line needs to be improved , non running in the road In full: The whole race is well managed, and the water station are well staffed. The only thing that needs to be improved is when you run towards the finishing line , there are non runnings in the road and you moving left to right to complete the race and trying to get a good time. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: I was rubbish; the race was excellent! In full: Very well organised race, especially well marshalled along the roads. Unfortunately, for me I overslept and missed the race start by 60 seconds and had to wait as everyone passed me and join at the back - & it would have been a PB for me too :( DOH! Great use of hills too made a breakneck pace along the last couple of miles. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Good race but organisation needs to improve In full: This is mostly a fast course but is spoilt but poor organisation. Very little road running but what there was remained open to traffic. At one point a car was weaving through the runners and towards the end of the race a car turned into a junction directly in front of a group of runners on a downhill stretch and I ran into the back of it. At one point we were directed onto pavements which were up and down and draining on the legs. These roads were not busy and could easily have been closed. Few marshals. However, even these marshals were quiet and offered very little encourgagement to runners. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Good fast prep for london In full: Organisation was great and very well marshalled. Quite a fast race and felt like it was mostly club runners. However, not as flat as I expected. Whilst no hills to speak of there seemed a lot of long inclines (my knees let me know). Smashed my PB which was nice. Good prep for london. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Beautiful Scenery along the Towpath. The Marshalls were great, and the cordial at the end very appreciated. Suggest to anyone wanting to trying something more challenging than a 10k Date of review: April 4, 2005