In short: Fast track but lacked atmosphere In full: Had all the ingredients for a good race but something was missing. A PA system & a bit of build up would have added to it. Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: A two lap course with some steep acents and decents - cant complain I knocked 10 minutes off my PB. As a student race the scenery was beautiful (and Bristol wasnt bad either!) In full: A good crack with a mix of fast runners, Gorillas and giant inflatable condoms alike. The start could do with better organisation next time, like a start line and sign. Car parking was good and a top quality T Shirt, Mug and goody bag to keep the students clothed and fed for a week! Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: - what more could you In full: Fab race, well worth doing. fast, only a few bumps - got a pb, good mix of runners, nice medal, excellent organisation, sweets and chocolate being nice touches, plenty of water, and also plenty for family to do in Blackpool while you run - what more could you ask for? This years weather was also lovely. Well done Ron! Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Very well organised. In full: I would like to thank, the marshals, pace runners, organisers for organising the paced run and Kelly the account who spured me on after suffering with a stitch later on in the course and also for inspiring me to run at a faster pace than I initially wanted to run. I found the course and conditions a little demanding but this made the experience more interesting. Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Shambles - again!! I doubt any of the organisers are runners. In full: After everyone elses comments who ran the race I thought I would add my own as a spectator/coach/husband. My wife was using this as her main pre London race to get an indication of how things were going. To get there and find out there was no mile markers was a disaster not only for her but for me as a coach trying to see how she was going during the race. It also leads us to be very wary over the validaty of the distance. The one good point was that she had someone to race against (Sally barker) which did help her pace judgement but when its only your second 1/2 marathon, markers are normally vital.
The traffic problem seems to be there every year. This, in part, was not the people arriving late but the decision at 10.10 to close one of the 2 entrances to the car park! I couln't believe my eyes when I saw them do it with a queue of traffic as far as the eye could see.
Despite the fact my wife won and it is very local, I doubt very much if we will be back. If they want to organise a fun run then fine but don't advertise it as a race and 'an ideal warm up for the London Marathon' - it wasn't a warm up for anything!! Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Who put all the hills there!! In full: This was my first race and i was very suprised by the hills and overall speed of everyone. I am glad to have done it but it's a tough one for beginners, excellent organisation well done everyone at H.R.R.C Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Some good steep hills, made all the better by a covering of snow! The marshalls were great - kept you going all the way round. In full: A well organised race, with friendly marshalls offering encouragement all the way round. There were 4 pretty steep hills, and the finish was a killer - but I'll be back for more next year! Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Excellent pre-FLM run. Great organisation and friendly marshalling. Maybe another water station would have been good. I'll be back for the 20 miler next month ! Thanks to all involved. Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Have completed every daffodil run but the organisation seems to get worse and this year in the words of the commentator (overheard off microphone) was a complete cock-up. Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Boring route given what could be offered in Guildford, Needed more Marshalls In full: Best Goodie Bag I've ever had – Juice, 2 chocy bars & a t-shirt, no flyers etc. (Plus a good medal) Some of the marshals were fantastic, really friendly and helpful, others seemed to think sitting in their car for 2 hours watching the race at a busy roundabout would do. Generally the race was short of marshals given that there were a lot of busy roundabouts and junctions to negotiate, obviously the weather may have put some of the marshals off, as well as reducing the number of runners which seemed low (around 250-300 by my estimate.) The route sticks to major roads for a lot of the course and Guildford offers a lot more pleasant routes - a different route could also reduce the need for such a large number of marshals. No details were given of the website address for results and photos, although the race information says there is one. I think the distance markers were a little inaccurate - either that or I ran a lot faster than I ever have before! Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Well organised, friendly race In full: Wow that was snowy, sunny, icy cold all in one race. And it was definitely undulating. V V V well organised though, friendly marshalls - Excellent race Date of review: February 28, 2005