In short: A very well organised event over a flat course In full: A flat course with PB potential, although the sections on the airfield are very exposed, so the weather conditions would need to be right. Good organisation and efficient results. Good cake stall! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fantastic first half marathon! In full: Well, 13.1 miles, a bhangra party, some heatstroke and a sighting of Sir Jimmy Saville later, I finally managed to complete the Great Scottish Run. It was a great day - the crowds were fantastic and the experience unforgettable despite the 26ºC temperatures. A particular highlight was the mexican band in Pollock park singing 'Ring of Fire' in Spanish while an octogenarian runner had a wee dance, but the support and entertainment were without flaw. Next year? Go on then!
In short: Great run, but only 9k! In full: Great run - scenery around hampton court was a delight to be around. But the times are completely unreliable - as the course was NOT 10k. The distance between the 8km and 9km took less than a minute to run! I had been running at a 48-minute pace (and checking at each km marker) up until 8km, and lo-and-behold I finished in 43 mins. The other cancer research 10k Races need to be accurately measured! I checked the distance later. Great day, though. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Event was well organised and marshalled and this years reward was more substantial than previous years. Sadly attendance seemed less than previous years, this is probably driven by a hot day, rather than the events quality. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fast, flat course with very supportive marshalls. In full: Definite PB course, good facilities at school, great marshalls and good water stations. Not exactly inspiring views (around industrial and residential areas), 11am start time too late in Sunday's heat, sign-posting to car park not great. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Flat and fast, but needs more toilets, and properly chip timing. In full: Overall a very enjoyable race, with excellent potential for a PB. Easy to get to and easy to park. The course twists and turns a lot in the first five/six KM but that does mean there is plenty of support for much of the race.
On the flipside, the toilets were far too few in number, the chip timing was gun-to-finish (without even a halfway checkpoint) which to me seems completely pointless. Why spend that amount of money on using chips to not use them properly.
The worst bit though has to be charging £1.50 for bag holding. What's that all about? As if the entry fee wasn't steep enough anyway.
Luckily the pros just outweigh the cons in my book. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Very very hot day and no shade made this 1/2 marathon a real challenge In full: The only dissappointment was that the whole 1/2 marathon course was exposed to the blazing mid-day heat with no shade - unable to achieve a good time but very pleased to reach the end without fainting - will definately do it next year but shall pray for rain. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Ample free parking near to the start; good organisation and a flat fast course. My only gripe would be the £1.50 they charge to look after bags. Apart from that, a very enjoyable race. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: This event needs more water stations to suit the weather conditions In full: This event could do with an extra water station as the one at the 6km mark is just that bit too far. When you got to the water station they didn't seem prepared for your arrival i.e bottles unopened,not set out on table(still in boxes) I'll more than likely be back for next year just hope things will get better. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere. Well done organisers.Everyone enjoyed .T shirt better than most.Cardiff is fantastic .PB again this year .Water was fine .Toilets are always a problem. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Who told me Scotland was cold? In full: My first Half, North of the Border and I loved it. Great atmosphere, good organisation although that first mile was busy. Some lady spectator handed me an ice lolly at 11 miles, normally I'd say no but really needed it, the Sikh Community with their water station - all I can say is THANK YOU so so much, I definitely needed that water. The pipers and the drummers were brilliant and St John's, I have never seen so many people donning oxygen masks ever in a race! A great day - see you next year!! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: great fun run (sun run?) In full: Absolutely wasn't an accurate 10K. However, beautiful park run and very nice to look around Hampton Court Palace afterwards (thanks, guys). If you can think about it as a fun day out and not a competitive race, then it was well worth a trip out. Good atmosphere too. Very warm day - wouldn't have minded a 10am start! Date of review: September 6, 2005