In short: Great warm-up race for the London Marathon In full: 4 laps of 5 miles. 2 water stops on each lap. Easy to read mile markers. Plenty of parking. Lack of toilet facility before start, i.e. a small number for the number of competitors. Very well marshalled througout the course. All the course is on roads, but there are some fields to look at through some of the sections. Basically, it was a good race that was well organised. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Very good race, only problem was the finish In full: Very well organised event, only let down by the number collecting at the end as pointed out by so many others. Sort this out and a good event Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: fantastic race, shame about the organisation In full: had a great time, wonderful supporters, hills not as bad as i thought they would be !. it was really good to run with so many others, at the back of the pack ! with a large number of my pace of runners it made a real change, and was nice to pick a few off along the way, even though I struggled from mile 5 with hip pain.
On the downside, the changing facilities left a lot to be desired, there was no water at the finish (very bad) and the congestion at the start was badly managed.
but it won't stop me doing it next year !
thanks to the marshalls and supporters, they were fab Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fast course with definite pb potential, let down by poor organisation at start and finish. GPS measured 13.30 miles, In full: This is a relatively flat course which had some great potential for fast times (took 6 minutes off pb). The race was let down by poor marshalling at start, with such a big field it needed sectioned starts for different paces. Route was nice and enjoyed the running. Marshalls out on course were a bit indifferent, kind of expect a bit more support. Liked the Lucozade support. Marshaling at finish was appalling. GPS measured the distance at 13.30 miles, two other runners finishing with me both had the distance at 13.28 miles. Expected better from such a big event, considering Nike sponsorship. Given price of entry, where was the goody bag? Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: the hills In full: what a great race,all the runners where frindly,the atmosphere was great,i did the great south last year are there was no atmosphere at that,this was great,thank you to you all, Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Pleasant run,well organised,quite flat. In full: First couple of miles all down hill which could lull you into early burn out but other wise very nice trainer for the Marathon. Well supported and marshalled given the lenght of the route. Enjoyed it. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great crowd support and a friendly atomsphere. Organisation at start and finish could've been better... In full: Some long inclines, but nothing horrendously steep and a great last 2 or 3 miles along the shoreline. PB potential if you can take advantage of the long gentle downhill stretches in the second half!
The race itself was marshalled well, but the start was a bit of a shambles. Inadequate storage facilities and not enough control at the starting area: fast runners, slow runners and spectators milling about randomly and no clear path from bag drop to start line. No water at the end either which was disappointing. If the organisation at start and finish had been better this would have been a great race. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Nice course but finish was appalling. In full: The last thing you want to do at the end of a race in the cold is wait around for 20min to be processed. Good to have lucozade around the course. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: nice route with a wee hill a few miles in to cheer you up. Very friendly, thanks Alan! In full: weather could have been better but at least it wasn't snowing like it was everywhere else in Scotland today!!! You could call Inverness the riviera of the north...... very friendly race not too cliquey.. at the back anyway!!!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Amazed at how nice Milton Keynes is but organisation at the end a let down. In full: Lets not forget this is a pretty big half marathon and the start definitely felt like a big event, freebies from Lucozade plenty of portaloos etc.
The end though was exceptionally diisorganised, I had to stand for around ten minutes in the funnel before I could get my medal.
Overall though it is one I would do again, only if the weather was better, as contrary to all expectations it does make MK seem quite a picturesque place. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Cold but fast In full: start was a little chaotic and would have benefitted from banding. A little difficult to overtake in the first four miles, as it got quite 'busy' on the narrower paths. Main disappointment was the finish, queuing for nine minutes in the cold to get a medal wasn't nice. However, very flat course and achieved p.b. by five minutes. Marshals all very friendly. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: I did the 15 miles In full: Lack of marshalls, ran out of water at water stations, no porto-loos on the route, distance markers were confusing, advertised as "traffic free" I had to dive into a ditch to avoid a transit van. There were many cars, vans and even a milk tanker on the route. I appreciate I was at the back and it was cold, but 3 out of 4 of the last marshall stations were unmanned. If it wasn't for the people in the local village I would have ran the wrong way. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Next to London this is the one to go for - fantastic crowd support In full: Cold but even the sun turned up. The crowds are incredible around most of the route - what is it that brings so many people out for this race compared to, say, Brighton? What ever it is I hope it continues as the support you get is superb.
Great race, managed a PB as well so very happy!
Many thanks to the organisers. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A nice race but lots of room for improvement In full: The route was pleasant but a bit too bumpy around the cyclepaths - unfortunately the start and finish could have been a lot better: banding at the start and an organised finish would have improved the race immensely. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Lots of lovely hills In full: The organisation at the start of the race left alot to be desired. There were not enough toilets, the bag drop off and changing area was ridicuosly small and access to the start of the race was hampered by too many spectators behind the starting line. The finish area was a mess, after the race the one refreshment tent only served tea, no water, and was situated far too close to the finishing line.
The race itself was terrific, the marshalling was superb and the course was chalenging. It was one of the friendliest races I've ever taken part in and would definatly do it again, although I would hope the organisation at the start finish area would be better. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Far better organisation than last year. In full: A new venue and as far as I could see no big hold ups or hicups. Slight fumble at the start when Rosemary Connelly was doing her wasm up and the start whistle went off so everyone had to sprint to the start. Some killer hills amd narrow roads which made it hard to over take people.
In short: Decent event, spoiled by the chaotic finish In full: Decent course, reasonably scenic for Milton Keynes, great sports drinks, well-marshalled and well supported. I have never though had to finish short of the finishing line to join a queue for 15 minutes waiting for a grumpy guy to take my number. And was I the only one who's Garmin showed all the mile markers out and the course 13.27 miles long? I didn't expect this with Nike. Date of review: March 12, 2006