In short: Good, fast course, could improve some basics In full: Plenty of positives: easy to get there, park at the OU and get away afterwards. Good, fast, flattish course - like many others, it seems, I ran a PB, and was glad I did as I didn't get caught up in the problems at the finish. Appreciated the free lucozade as well as water. Marshalls were fine and thanks to them for standing around on a really cold morning and encouraging us runners. Good medal which impressed my kids. And the Dri-fit T shirt is good quality for £10 extra.
However I was surprised at the start that there was no lining up according to estimated finish time - this would be easy to implement. And there was no PA system at the start to create an atmosphere and count down to the start, just a hooter at 1030 (on time at least, which was good on a cold day!). Didn't know about the massage at the end so I just went home.
I enjoyed the day and was chuffed with a PB so no great complaints. Feeling better for FLM as a result. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: good race to run In full: A good race to run apart from two small things.1 the start which would be better if mile times were put out and a longer finish as we all got to cold waiting to get our medals.Otherwise a great day out. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Excellent FLM preparation, and well organised In full: There's not much they can do about the scenery, and the traffic wasn't much of a problem. The undulations actually bring a bit of variety to the psychological challenge of running four laps of 5 miles each. On the plus side, the organisation and marshalling were very good, and weather conditions were ideal. Would be nice to have somewhere safe to leave bags. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great course, but organisation lacks some fundamentals In full: Great route - I didn't know MK could look like that (& I live under 10 miles away), good marshalling, high potential.
Lack of Championchip timing, public address system, time expectations for start line-up - and a queue to cross over the finish line (!!!) let this event down. Not major & easy to fix - & I hope that they have when I do it next year. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Good run well worth running. In full: Great run reasonably well organised. Roads open to traffic a bit hairy in the country lanes with the impatient drivers and within last 2 miles.Uphill last mile a bit of a strength sapper but good potential for a PB must be as I took 5 mins off. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: A great first half, but organisation needs to be better In full: There were a few niggles - Baggage store wasn't as described, it was totally unsecure. - No indication that the race had started until the pack started moving. - A couple of gaps where there should have been marshalls, I had to call out to one chap ahead of me as he was going the wrong way. - The finish. For an event that size, they really need to be using chip timings, not relying on a couple of guys with one clipboard between them.
That said, it was a really great day and a fabulous first half. I'll definitely be doing more half-marathons as a result. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Good quick race in the freezing cold. Some organisational issues. In full: Organisation seems to be where this race is let down a bit. Unless you got to Milton Keynes on the M1 or A5 (following printed directions) it was hard to find the OU campus. Some signs from a bit further afield on likely alternative routes saying where to go would have been very helpful.
The car parks were plenty big enough and there was no problem parking. Close to the start and finish so easy to leave bags in the car.
The start line was unclear and I never heard a gun or horn to start, we just began moving. No idea where the exact start line was.
Race wasn't as flat as I had excepted, but certainly wasn't what other courses describe as undulating. The underpasses and bridges, though short, did get difficult towards the end as the body starts flagging a bit.
As has been mentioned by almost everyone else, the end of the race was very badly done. The exact finish line was unclear. You went into lanes (as usual for a non-chip race), but it took a long time to get through to getting your medal. In the freezing cold this made your body cool down very quickly. I finished the race before there were too many delays at the finish, but around the 2 hour mark the queues in the finishing lanes were back past the finish line.
The course was well marshalled and kept you on track. There could have been better signs around the start/finish area to indicate where things were. Took me ages to find the toilets after the race because of poor signage.
For a big sponsored event I was expecting a goody bag of some kind, but not too disappointed that I didn't get one. There was plenty of Lucozade Sport for those that wanted it though.
Not sure I would do it again. Quite a long way to come to run round a town in the cold. Prefer to run round the New Forest in the warm! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: What else is there to do on a cold miserable sunday! In full: Well, lots of things could have been a little better, but it was still a good warm up for FLM. The salsa warm up was a little strange and I nearly missed the start, but all said and done it was a quite good and hilly 15 mile. Let's hope next year that things improve a little weather wise and organistion wise and this will be a superb race. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Very good, well organised, surprisingly scenic, quite hilly In full: My first half for a number of years and REALLY enjoyed it. Organisation was excellent, pre-race communication very good. Parking nearby OK, and facilities at the race HQ were fine.
Hills were a good challenge. Good finish in the park - plenty of room to stretch and cool down. And marshalls were friendly and helpful.
Highly recommended. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great challenge; super atmosphere In full: Fantastic run no doubt helped by the weather; great atmosphere on the course including lots of friendly runners, and lots of supporters. The hills are no joke but this was my first time here: I want another try at this course! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Very flat and fast. Fenland scenery not too impressive but better than a smoky city! Free Bacon sandwiches! In full: A very well organised and friendly race. Myself and 2 friends entered this as we needed a 20 mile run as part of FLM training. The organisers were really helpful and let us run 'the loop' twice in order to get the extra miles in. We were of course plum last, but that wasn't the point of the run! They really went out of their way to help us and some marshalls even kept driving to find us to see if we were OK when everyone else had finished. Free bacon butties and tea at the end. Well done and thanks!!! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: By far the best half marathon I've ever run. The crowds were great. In full: This was the first time I've run this race and I found it really well organised. The crowds were welcomed, especially at the half way point. I'd definately do this again. Date of review: March 13, 2006