In short: Good course, well organised, great atmosphere In full: A really good race. This is the first 'big' race I've done and I really enjoyed it. The organisation seemed very good and all went smoothly. Plenty of drinks stations occupied by enthusiastic cadets. Course itself is pretty flat with really only one short climb x2 up into Queens Square. Definite PB possibilities. The last mile gently uphill was a bit tough though. the crowds were excellent and very supportive. I liked the small lad who kept shouting "go faster!" Only a few small gripes, yes the mile markers - they were too low down at pavemnet level, please put them higher next year. It's a pain when you miss them especially as my Forerunner was saying I'd gone further than I actually had! Also the spectators were allowed to creep onto the course in Queens Square and really narrowed it down. There didn't appear to be any marshalling there. Definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Slashed my time from last year. In full: I am not the fastest runner out there but once again a fantastic turn out again this year well organised lots of press out for lots of photo's I like this race everyone is friendly and helpful. running against the wind on the way home was tough, but I still managed to beat my time from last year by 12 mins. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Great day out In full: Very well organised with great crowd support, this was a fantastic day out despite my final time. Highlights, runners village, Great Pulteney Street, the band at Queens square, views of the landmarks and river, drinks stations, the only lowlight being not enough toilets once you were on the course.
Thanks to all the organisers for a good day out. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: great day well organised , wud do again and again In full: great day out everything well organised, got good bag within seconds of finishing bagging returned very quickly but i was late in , i managed 2 55 in my first half marathon was on for 2 30 until i got severe cramp on 8miles but not put off would recommend to everyone , and everyone so friendly Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: They treat you really well at Ashby In full: Easy parking; good marshalling; water + sponges + High5 on course; goodie bag has just what you want after a tough run; sweatshirt a bonus. I'll definitely be back. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Great race... great scenary.... In full: Have to say, good race this, although a fast course? maybe, but there's way faster like the Village Bakery in Wrexham. I'd say this race is around the same as the Helsby Four Villages for speed... however, great atmos on the course with locals making a really biug effort...
Thanks go out to the organisers and the locals for making it a good one.
However, organisers, move with the times and sort out chip timing. Then you won't have slow people at the front ;-) Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: ish............... In full: Unless you know Plympton,the sign put out saying "race start". not very clear, only other moan no distance markers that i noticed.
A good run though, hills,and there were only two,were long but not over steep.Marshelling was good,with some awkward junctions to control. Nice and scenic down along the Plym Vally trail. Maybe next year the starter could be a little louder as most at the rear seemed not to hear the start, and were caught out slightly. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Will do again next year, great race In full: great organisation and really friendly running club and officials, but could do with getting more up-to-date with time-keeping methods - would stop people starting with quicker runners and slowing down the start and also just more accurate for everyone. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable half marathon along scenic country lanes In full: My first half marathon and what a great experience. Well organised, good facilities, friendly marshals and spectators, plenty of water stations along the way. Fairly flat course with just a few undulations, through some pretty villages and countryside. Will definitely do it again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere but very cold wind! In full: My first half marathon and I'm glad I did this one. I was raising money for hearing dogs and it was nice to hear the marshals call 'Go hearing dogs' as I went past. Wind was freezing cold and seemed to hit only on the harder parts of the course but it was a great race. Well done everyone! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: First ever race, really enjoyed it. In full: Had a great feeling to be amongst so many other like minded individuals. the course was fine, the uphills were hard but were compensated by the downhills! The finish on the stadium track was a nice touch. Good showers, changing and lockers.
Downside: Why move the start up the hill 2 mins before the race? A tad confusing.
But I'll definately be back next year, if only for the sentiment of it being my first race. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Shame about the wind - that combined with the undulating nature of the course made it too difficult for me to hit the 1:15, but at least I was 2:35 quicker than last year. Well organised. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Excellent scenery, great hills, tough course & wonderfully organised. In full: A great alternative to a big city marathon, well organised, friendly support along the route with breath taking scenery & lots of marshalls. A quick finish with a welcoming table of tea & cakes. I look forward to running it again next year. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A PB for me perhaps cos I did not see a mile marker until mile 4 and by that time I was knocking out 6.30's. The wind brought that back to a manageable 7 min miling In full: Sort out the mile markers and this would be a race to beat. The Mrs enjoyed spectating from Queens Sq, nice medal as well. Race village was a bonus Will be back next year Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: like a mini London Marathon In full: nice race well marshalled with plenty of drinks stations.The runners village was a good idea and the course was ok.The head wind on the way back made it hard work but i got a pb anyway.Gripes mile markers need to be higher up ,chip times not the official time on the results but gun time to finish is so you lose time getting to the start line good race though well done cadets and marshals Date of review: March 19, 2006