In short: Not many races like this in the calender, a bit of everything and more ! In full: Think of every possible terrain, think of every possible hazard and think of everything hard in a race. I bring you the Parbold Hill Race.
In short: Harder than expected 1/2. In full: Flat undulating may be stretching the truth, the course was quite hilly, although none of them were too steep there were however lots of them. I wasn't expecting the course to go off road and at points you had to be careful as the surface was quite eratic.
The organisation was good and the marshalls were very encouraging, there were plenty of water stations that were all well manned.
The big bonus was the goody bag, best i've had yet. Medal, T-shirt, hat, drink, energy bars, and more. Fantastic. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: The lack of water for back runners was avoidable. In full: I ran around with a friend and did a time of about 10 minutes slower than my PB. I was disgusted to see early finishers with 2 bottles of water and bystanders(other park users!) helping themselves before the start of the race. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Great weather - happy with PB - Bag lady (& her baby) was nice - Everything Else Poor In full: I know its for charity not enough goody bags! - bad show! water ? did they not think they'd need any? must try harder Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Distances a bit dodgy - my (usually accurate) pedometer clocked 10.7km. In full: First 10k 'race'. Good fun and other competitors always challenge your comfortable pace. Had a couple of good spars with strangers along the way and enjoyed it overall. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Good race, good conditions. Would definitely do it again. Although slightly frustrating that km markers were approximate. 9-10 was definitely not 1km. They also could have done with a few more toilets. But good course for a PB! Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: should have worn spikes In full: really good training run, felt like i was skiing in the mud at times! good first race this year think i clocked in just under an hour, anyone know where to get the official results from? Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Good day - organisation getting better but still on a learning curve! In full: This was my second time doing this - much improved on last year's initial race. The fac that is was a beautiful day helped. The organisation better than last year, and pleased that this time they seemed to get the distance right. Surprised at no water at the end! Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Great race. Plenty of support too. In full: It was a fab race. I know that everyone has a right to walk their dogs around but I just wish that they could control their dogs and keep them out of the runner's pathways. I had to stop twice to avoid tripping over them. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Very Hilly In full: Very hilly course, good if that helps with your training etc, but not so good if its your first half marathon. Very soul destroying with not many spectators around the course, but great runner camoradory near the back.. Very well organised, nice medal, hat, t-shirt so very good value. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Fantastic run with very sexy motivating stewards. My first 10km and no doubt the most memorable. Running alongside the river Taff, Cardiff Castle and it's handsome park, Weirs & over bridges. As an English Cardiff resident I'm proud to be Welsh! Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Great flat scenic race but organisation a bit rubbish In full: Start went well, the route was fabulous, plenty of interest, flat and beautiful scenery helped out by some gorgeous weather. The drinks station at about 2 miles was pathetic, 2 people obviously not coping. They'd got it together by the revisit at 4 miles though. It was the total lack of water at the end of the race that was a bit of a surprise. And I didn't see hide nor hair of the promised medal. I'd do it again because the route was so good, but I'll make sure I have plenty of my own water waiting for me at the end next time. Date of review: February 11, 2006