In short: Cracking event, great scenery, great organisation, friendly atmosphere In full: This was my second Bristol Half Marathon. In aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Managed to come home 15 mins quicker than last year. The course really is varied - from city centre to the fantastic Avon Gorge. Cobbles stone to flat tarmac - but which sadist put that hill at 11 miles? Should have known really - it's always been on the course. A great day and a great atmosphere - turned this 25 stone non-runner into an 18 stone running nutter!! Even the technical T-shirt fitted this year!!
Thanks to the marshals aswell without them we couldn't run
See you all next year - just off to run for Team CF Trust in New York...... Date of review: October 7, 2005
In short: A flat out and back course along closed wide roads. The start could have been a bit better organised and it was a little crowded at first but overall it was a well organised race with a good atmosphere. Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: Whew! The reason I signed up to do the Loch Ness Marathon this year is beacuse my pal from work said it was easier than the Edinburgh Marathon. He is no longer a pal...... In full: I didn't really know what to expect in my first Marathon, I had a fair idea it involved a lot of running but never knew how much! Before the race, I had only managed to run 10 miles so it was a really big ask for me to complete it. As well as that, I had only done 3 weeks training and was just recovering from a bad cold. Yes - I'm an idiot, I should never have ran the race but I'm sure glad I did! I got plenty advice before I headed up to the highlands - bought some good gear and plenty of carb gel. If it's wasnt for the gel I reckon I'd still be runnning now. Anyway, the race itself was going far too easy - I managed to get to half way in 1 hour 58 mins and thought there was a chance I could break the 4 hour barrier...... That was, until about 17/18 miles when you suddenly have a 3 mile uphill stretch that takes you to hell and back. All the way in from there my legs were tightening up and I was counting down the miles to Inverness and the finish at Queens Park Stadium. When I got there, the crowds were starting to disappear but that didn't matter to me, I had just completed the toughest challenge of my life in 4 hours 13 minutes and it has made me want lots more! Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: As with last year, superb In full: Great race again, organised start, accurate km markers, the only wearable T-shirt given out at races and an excellent goodie bag. Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: Well organised - be back next year. In full: 4th consecutive year i have done this with a pb each year. Even considering how crowded it was. Certainly slower runners starting too near the front. Agree about toilets they were a disgrace hopefully next year something can be done portaloos would be a good idea. Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: A good charge In full: Good course for a no holds barred charge. Possibly too many fun runners being over ambitious and starting too near the front, I seemed to be mainly overtaking for the first 3k, but overall a good run out. Good PB Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: Tough course,but glorious scenery and great atmosphere In full: This is a great race for all abilities.I've run it for the last 3 years and it's not a PB course as the effects of the continuous undulations and hard running surface make it a hard effort,especially near the end.This year was warm (but nowhere near as hot as say,Dartford in July or Thanet 3 weeks earlier).
However,the setting within the Park is superb and the organisation makes it a real occasion,with lots of crowd support and enthusiasm.
I thought there was plenty of water and plastic cups are a fact of racing life-you'll lose far less time overall slowing down to drink and staying properly hydrated.The congestion leaving the car park was partly due to a sudden shower (which prompted a dash for the cars)and also some drivers looking for shortcuts away from the designated routes-neither of which are the organisers fault.There was plenty of parking space available,although runners should allow plenty of time to arrive,as the roads from the M25 get very congested.
Overall,the field is large enough to cater for all abilities and provide crowd support and a "big race feel",but without being so big that racing at even pace becomes a problem.
In short: Best Newcomer in 2005 In full: I run a lot of road races and it was brilliant to finally run one close to home. The course is flat, there were plenty of spectators and runners and the organisation was faultless. Goody bag was a t-shirt and medal all for £10. Can't fault it, except for decision to go up against GNR next year. Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: super race a must for a PB In full: A really well orginised race on a fast flat course, it we a real shame if its only for one year. This could be the quickest course in the country Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: 10K race was well organised apart from the lack of Km markers in the early stages. In full: Report on the 10K race... straight forward race with a PB potential despite the incline from 8.5 to 9K. Nice roll downhill towards the finish though. Same problems seem to be experienced by Half runners as we did in 10k a few years ago... running through slower runners who spread across the road. Why not start both races at once and have more obvious signposting at the split? Couldn't find the water at the finish but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the race... where are the results though? Date of review: October 6, 2005
In short: Great 1st marathon and managed it with no training. Used to live there so knew the course well but need to have insider knowledge of the hills which can be a killer, especially at 23 miles. A quiet, pictureesque route for those who like the solitude. Date of review: October 6, 2005