In short: A great race for my first Half M! In full: This was my first Half after previously doing 5 & 10K races. The start area had a fun, friendly atmosphere with clearly labelled marquees & there were even clowns to entertain the crowds! I wasn't too sure where to stand in the starting area, despite reading the event instructions - some markers would have been useful - but I managed to get in okay & hopefully not slow anyone else down. Once out of the town there were some inclines but the last 4-5 miles seemed to flatten out. I must have missed the 13-mile marker because before I knew it, I was at the finish. There were a good allotment of drink stations & plenty of stewards (the help at crossing busy roads was very much appreciated.) The race medal is really nice & the tee shirt is good quality - plus there were free bananas!! I really enjoyed it & will definitely do this one again. I ran a faster time than I'd predicted (though disappointingly the chip time seems to take the start time from the gun & not when you cross over the start line - well that or my watch & two of my supporters' watches were all out by the same amount!) Overall this was a really good experience - thank you, Stafford! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Crowd support made the day well done Hastings. In full: A tough course but what tremendous support almost pulled you up those hills. My first half Marathon so a personal best (of course it would be). Bottled water would be better but this would put the cost up. A great and memorable day ill be back next year. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Good Race excellent prep for a marathon In full: The Hills weren't as tough as I thought they'd be. The wind was brilliant for 15 miles (in your back) The marshalls were fantastic as they must have been freezing, and the scenery was breath taking (or was that the climbs) Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Very well organised, enjoyable but hard going in the wind ! In full: Can't fault the organisation as all was on hand and very efficient. The mile markers were very visible and the clocks useful, despite feeling very tired in the last few miles I could see I was going OK and managed to beat my one previous half by nearly 20 minutes. Yes the scenery wasn't riveting but interesting in bits. I felt a bit sorry for the young lad I heard asking his parents in an aggrieved voice where all the racing cars had gone ! Nice T shirt but did anyone get one that wasn't XL ? Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Excellently organised as always In full: Very windy - the downside of the course is that there is no protection from the elements if the weather is bad. Luckily it stayed dry but the wind made some sections quite difficult. Took 6mins off my PB so was very happy with my day's work. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: My first might not be my last (",) In full: just ran the addidas half marathon at silverstone. haven't run in 7 years and have been an avid smoker of 20 a day proprely since the age of 16 didn't have a cig on the way to the race managed a time of 1:57:05 which i'm quite impressed at as everyone except my girlfriend thought i would die or come crawling over the line in about 23 hours....
The track was interesting as i've never done this before so i was fine for the first 2 miles then i kept thinking i would drop out and fade away to the back ground and no1 would notice but stubbon me kept going some sections were really windy but i kinda like the fact the sun wasn't blazing.
my first run and my first time to visit silverstone i enjoyed myself but i ache today might even give the fags up for good and start running more....
I think i might start a medal collection and maybe one day even do the big london marathon?.... Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Not as flat as everyone makes it out to be, but still a good race for PBs, I think! In full: Fantastic sunshine and blue skies made it really great! Organisation was excellent and marshalls were very encouraging and smiley! :) Was hoping the water would be in bottles and expected there to be an energy station half way round (Lucozade or something similar), but due to my own poor preparation (oops!) I didn't read up enough on the race beforehand, so didn't know there would be nothing supplied! As a result, I carried nothing, burned out and didn't get the sub-2 hours I had been hoping for...Oh well, next time! Thanks for a great day! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: nice fast course - excellent chance of a PB In full: nice friendly atmosphere and quite nice given that it is an urban area. I have my doubts about whether it is atcually the full 10k - smashed by PB by quite a way - maybe I just had a good day and it was the full 10k Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very nice day to take in Bath, better route than previously. In full: This is the first half marathon i have run with my partner (this was her first and my 10th) I enjoyed running at her pace and taking in the atmosphere of the course which was abundant in the town, but a little sparce at the far and of the lower bristol road. Only one band along the route which was disappointing, but we saw them twice! Organisation was very good, i had no problems with over crowding, and all the marshalls and drinks stations were running smoothly. Goody bad better than previous years, but would still have liked to have the t-shirt included in the pack as it was not the cheapest race to enter. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great race, ideal for beginners like me, it was my first marathon. In full: Well organised race. Good course, great value. Hope a few more people find out about it, the event deserves a bigger field. Well marshalled with loads of water stations. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Cold fast flat first Half In full: This was my first Half Marathon, so can only really compare it to the Great South Run as a 'big entry' race. The highlights for me were the wide roads, percussion band in Queens Square, ample drinks points and the enthusiastic spectators. The downsides were that biting wind, the rough road surface by the railway and the climb to the finish - I know it wasn't truly steep but it felt like it at the time. But a finish in top 25% made my day as a novice nearer 50 than 40. And laugh of the day? The woman about 2 miles from home bellowing "You can still win it!" in encouragement. Top support - thank you Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Best Sub Marathon Around In full: Despite icy conditions this race one again excelled. The course takes away with once hand (5-6 miles hill) then gives backwitha glorious switchback generally downhill 8 miles. Marshalls did an excellent job in what must have been sub zero temperatures Well done !! (I saw icicles between miles 9-11 at the side of the road) Worth 23 miles on the flat easily. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A great racing experience - let's make more people aware in future In full: A thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish (well, mainly). Great organisation, friendly runners, a smashing course , great running weather and wonderful hospitality at the end. A real delight. Some more support on the road would have been nice and probably attainable, but it seems no one in and around Dumries had any idea that the race was on - even on race day. I'd be more than glas to see this race appear on an annual basis. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Lovely city, flattish course well organised. In full: Well organised race. Three shortish uphill inclines on the lap section with a final pull up to the finish to make you feel you've earned your medal. Respect to the spectators near the finish - really encouraged me to keep pumping. PB now 1:44:57. Loo tips - there are toilets under the Rec ground stand. Travel tips - for Bristolians park at Temple Meads and take the train. Garmin showed 13.35 miles, be interested to hear if any analysis has been done on how route choice can vary the actual distance run. I didn't manage to take the most direct path as it was fairly busy. Well done Bath. No complaints. Nice city. Date of review: March 20, 2006