In short: great race In full: so far this year this has been the best race ive beem to ,if you,ve never run a 20 mile race before and fancy doing one you can,t go wrong with this one,it was great , will be back next year Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A nice course with another PB to redeem the poor start In full: Turned away from a 'full' carpark which clearly had spaces. Long queue for toilet resulted in a sprint for the start! However, a nice course with shelter from the wind and fantastic marshalling. Last year the hills seemed like mountains, this year molehills! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Superb race and organisatiom In full: Excellent course and race organisation. Only gripe was the shuttle bus back into town took forever and I missed my train home. Special thanks to Asmatic Gareth and Caroline(?) for dragging me along with them and the RW 9 min mile pacer! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great preparation for FLM In full: The organisation was great and as the course was quite flat, it makes it ideal for a first half-marathon. The volunteers and the few supporters that were there tried their best to cheer on the runners, even the ones like me who were at the back - I very much appreciated their efforts. More atmosphere came from the fun runners who made the miles easier to bear. However, I do not understand why this is labeled a London Half-Marathon if it is 70miles outside London??? It would have been nice if some warm places to sit had been made available as a lot of runners traveled to Silverstone by bus and were there at least 2h before start and had to bridge the time sitting on the floor in a cold garage to protect themselves from the chilling wind. Overall, I enjoyed it though and it's excellent preparation for the FLM. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: As last year great event, great organisation. In full: As last year great event, great organisation. Can't find fault with this race, thanks to all the marshalls and helpers at the baggage etc. One minor gripe, the t shirts, my sister and I could have got in one shirt, any chance of some samll and medium sizes? Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: enjoyed the run ran slower than last year used as a training run really friendly In full: used my gps found the mile markers short till 19 long last mile made 20 tee shirt made me laugh with its tongue in cheek comment I think the weather caught a few folk out got my forehead sunburnt will be back next year could still do with more drink stations doesnt bother me as I carry my own Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great race In full: A hard race due to the strong winds and hills, that said I would recomend it but do not get your hopes up for a PB. I decided to stop the week in St Ives and made a holiday of it. It very good value in the off season cannot understand why its not more popular compared to other races. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: THE HILLS DON'T GET EASIER In full: I first ran this one in 1985 aged 25. The brochure said 'One Uphill Section', but they seem to forget the part after Nettleden at 6.5 miles which is...... a hill!! It lasts about 3/4 mile. A good challenging race though, one I have always enjoyed...especially the last mile which is all downhill! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great first half-marathon. In full: Just entered this one as a practise for the 2006 GNR. As a result, hadn't completed further than 11.5m in training so felt very tired over the last 3 miles, especially after the hill!!
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Exceptional organisation. I liked the clocks on the mile markers particularly. There were loads of drinks stations as well.
Broke 2 hours by a couple of minutes which was what I was hoping for. Would have been a fair bit quicker if the hill wasn't there!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great race , will do it again In full: Had a great time. Only my second half marathon so not much to compare with but found it fairly easy going. Nice and flat. Sun came out just at the right time and took the chill off the weather. Only minor grumbles would be - 1) the goody bag - considering the price of entry a free tshirt would have been nice, and 2) parking - this was a little hit and miss despite a dummy run on Saturday when we tried to find/follow signs for the park and ride. Thanks to all the crowd support and the organisers. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Nice flat course but dull and lack of casual supporters due to far out location. In full: I liked the race from a training for FLM point of view. But it suffers from a lack of supporters along the route by being so far away from major towns. Weather couldn't be helped. Traffic before and after was a nightmare. I would not do this race if it weren't so perfectly timed to fit in with my training London Marathon program. Date of review: March 20, 2006