In short: Fantastic memories of a great race In full: What other half marathon race goes through a castle and finishes in a superb stadium. Great support from the taffs!(the crowd and the marshalls).On the downside,medal collection was awful and access to stadium viewing could be improved.However,it a fairly new race so it will probably get better and better.
In short: a well organised race with a good route In full: An excellent start to the year despite the fog which obligingly cleared enough to alloe the views from the hilltops. Enter early to avoid disappointment. Date of review: January 22, 2006
In short: Great Start of Year Race Held Over Unusual Distance In full: The last time I raced this (2004) they nearly had to cancel it as it was too cold. This year it was the fog that almost called off the race - but thankfully the collective breaths of 700 or so runners appeared to clear the worst of the mist just before the start of the race. The 12k course packs in plenty of challenges - mostly in the first half, with a seemingly never ending hill between 2-4 km swiftly followed by an even nastier little climb, and then some sweeping decents and a particularly tricky little hairpin which had me struggling to stay on the correct side of the road. Thankfully the latter stages of the race are much flatter and allow some recovery before the finish. As with the other times I have run the race, the marshals are plentiful and excellent - each one offered encouragement - and the crowd was surprisingly abundant and enthusiastic for a race mostly on country lanes. Oh and I like the coaster as a race memento, I have one already in my bedroom and this one will take pride of place at work to be used with the mug they handed out in 2003! It is certainly unusual to be handed a race prize which has a practical use! Date of review: January 22, 2006
In short: Great race, would definitely do this again In full: Race was fairly well organised. Route was scenic with challenge of mud hill. Only disappointing factor was that it was shorter than claimed (my forerunner said 14.8km). Date of review: January 22, 2006
In short: Nice event - the muddy slope was great fun - loverd the diving finish In full: This is my second year and although this year the circuit had been extended it still seemed to be not quite a full 10K. Great commentary at the finish but the water station was a bit of a waste of time - mind you I'll be back in February I think Date of review: January 22, 2006
In short: Very positive experience In full: At a 60 year old woman this was the first time in my life I'd been in a race. Felt very welcome and encouraged my both co-runners and marshalls alike. Despite a very slow time, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Date of review: January 22, 2006
In short: Start the year with a PB(Well it is a 12K and....) In full: Unusual distance in nice location just outside Stratford.Tight start took over 1km to find pace and freedom to run as lined up too far back(learning for next year when I return for 2007 first PB) Long slow uphill 4-5k then a cheeky big speedramp just after the water station with a couple of undulates to follow. Just as well it's not a 10k or PB out of the question. Great marshalling and good support in the small villages. Well organised at the end. Drill a hole in the coaster and stick a ribbon through it to make your own 500 million year old medal to add some value to a disappointing memento, the only downside of the day. Good facilities, welcoming group, and friendly busy race. Well worth the trip from Wales Date of review: January 22, 2006