In short: Another wonderful race In full: Really enjoyed this event again. I know that many knock it,to them(some of whom I know keep coming back to do it), I would ask why if all you are going to do is whinge about it?. I'll be honest i do find the entry fee a little OTT but I still think it is worth paying considering the amount of effort that the organisers and local council (plus the police) put into the event. I will be back next year,just hope it's not as windy or cold!
In short: Half good course half bad, mile markers are shocking but it was a good day out and quick times are possible. HINT: if driving in avoid the main road and you'll be able to park right near the start. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A very well run city event, big race feel, excellent. In full: Couldn't fault it in any way really, apart that "hill" !! did see some big queues building for bag collection but over all great ! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Couldn't fault it In full: Seriously, can't think of anything they could have done better for me. My first half, and probably the best organised race I've done, considering the scale of it. Great course (even the much-dreaded hill was easier than I expected) and support all the way, good water and lucozade stations (and bottles/pouches are much better than plastic cups), organisation around start and finish was great (I'm glad they cut the chip off as I couldn't reach my feet by that point). The clocks on the mile markers were a nice touch, and I actually now own a race T-shirt that fits me, never usually get XL t-shirts at all. And a nice goody bag with a nice chunky medal. Nope, still can't think of a complaint. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: As a first-ever, a thoroughly enjoyable and well organised day In full: First ever race, and thoroughly enjoyed it (despite the pain!). Drinks stations about right, good signage along the course (there were mile markers at EVERY mile guys), and marshalls offered plenty of encouragement for those tired legs.
Process of filtering through to the start was no problem (if you went down when advised to and not left it to the last minute) and allowed for a smooth start.
Will definitely be back for more in '07!!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Perfect race In full: I can't think of a thing wrong with this race. The organisation and marshalling were perfect. Great value with goodybag (inc food!) and sweatshirt. One of the best races on the calender. The hills are not for the faint hearted though. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Much better than expected In full: Having read a few of the reviews from last year they seemed critical and having now run the event I would say over critical. This was a very well organised event and I have no grumbles whatsoever. Great water and energy drinks, super medal and some washing powder to do my kit with tonight!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Brilliant race, my fourth time I think. Superbly organised, brill course, lots of drink stations, perfect FLM prep. Only gripe is the presentation and results, every year we're kept waiting for hours! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great course, great running weather, stupid chip system In full: It felt like most of the course was downhill and I knocked 26 mins of my PB so I think I must have gone the wrong way! Start was conjested but that's all part of it, but taking chips off at the end was all a bit silly really, especially as they only time you from the gun and not the line. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Pretty flat well organised half, but can be exposed to the elements In full: I have run this a few times a it's pretty well organised. More toilets this year which was great! Went off on time, marshalls were a bit lack lustre only a few being encouraging.Water and lucozade stops worked well. Medal and T-shirt in bag although only XL left by the time I finished...
Very,very expoxsed to the wind this year. Felt like running into a 20mph wind about 75% of the time. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: well organised, very friendly, In full: my second year at this race came in at 1hr 47mins - 11 mins better than last year, really enjoyed this race and good prep for flora london marathon Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised. 2nd lap was hillier! In full: I wanted a challenge before the marathon. That was it! Wow! Starting slowly to try and run the whole distance, I plodded happily for 15 1/2 miles. The first lap was much flatter than the second, but overall it wasn't too bad. Marshalls and water people were all very helpful and friendly, even with chocolates at 18 miles! Not too sure about the time, but a good guide that I need some more miles before London! Thanks all, a good run! Date of review: March 20, 2006