In short: Hard In full: As a middle of the pack runner who has done many half marathons and 10k’s I decided to run the A race with a number of my friends. The scenery, marshalling and organisation was excellent and it certainly offers a great challenge. There was a number of water stations and at one point a marshal was even giving out jelly babies! For me there was only one down side in that I usually enter big events with lots of atmosphere and as such found running with so few other runners hard at times.
If you want a different challenge I recommend this to you!
In short: good family atmosphere with 10, 6 & 3 together. In full: Excellent goodie bag...could have done without the banal commentary...nice marshalls especially the guy with the stick! Lack of toilets. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Where was the chocolate? In full: Okay, so I live in Bristol and could feasibly have dashed home for my chocolate fix but the goody bag was obviously having a lean year! I must be getting blase when I don't notice the weather, cobbles (harsh Bristol city council, most harsh!) or cracking organisation. I did however notice the medal - what a corker! This was my fourth Bristol and the medals are getting bigger each year, it's only a matter of time before we all receive souvenir painted manhole covers! It was a good Sunday trot out with plenty of company and refreshment but Bristol want to take a tip from Bath and have a big stack of mint Aeros just the other side of the finish line then course records would be broken! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Two years of running - my seventh half marathon race, and first entry in such a large event with 12,000 starters. Really enjoyed the whole experience, and beat my previous PB by over 8mins - chuffed to bits!! Will definitely enter next year's race. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Tough course gives huge sense of achievement! In full: Why would anyone want to plod round Macadamed city streets when there is this? Fantastic countryside, sterling organisation and friendly atmosphere. Does running get better than this? Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Those f*****g cobbles - arghhhhhh In full: My second half marathon, great weather, great support, well organised. Unlike the Bath Half I wasn't slowed down by the slow runners/walkers, in fact there were quite a few runners around me at the start (1.30-1.40) that finished about the same time as me. I see from my finishing position on the day, and my final placing, that at least 50 faster runners finished behind me - I was at the back of my zone so I presume all of these runners were in the wrong zone. Basically if you left it a bit late before joining the starting line up you'd struggle to get to the correct zone - inevitable I suppose with such a large number of runners. Certainly Scooby Doo should have been asked to move by the organisers or given a few more scooby snacks!!. Apart from the torturous cobbles I don't have any real complaints about the course. Looking forward to next years race. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Worth it for the atmosphere alone, plus a chance to meet an olympic gold medallist (and wonderful lady), In full: The atmosphere was terrific. Plenty of support, Andy O'Sullivan rallying you along at the end (is there anyone he doesn't know?). Dame Mary Peters is a lovely, naturally warm person who signed autographs, stood for photos, presented awards (to all abilities, not just the super fast) and generally did everything possible to make this a memorable event.
Started at Springhill Hospice, Rochdale, took a circular route of 4.5 undulating miles (a bit longer than the advertised 4.3). A 78 year old lady completed the course, as did a former miss UK and a lady who has battled cancer 3 times.
The field was a complete mixture from 5' to 13' pace.
Pictures at http://www.rochdaleharriers.co.uk/marypeters/index.html Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: First ever marathon if the rest are organised as well as this I've been converted In full: Fantastic views, friendly runners, so very well organised,marshalls deserve a pat on the back, few spectators but those who made the effort were greatfully received by everyone and to top it off started with a pipe band with a lone piper around half way. Thankyou Inverness i'm already looking forward to next year. Who needs city/town marathons! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Nice course but the organisation is getting worse year on year - I know it's a charity event but does that mean we have to expect below par organisation? In full: The first year (2003) was great, the race started on time, the local running club turned out as marshalls, there were 2 quartets to play us round - all in all a jolly good day (forgetting the hills). Last year the race was delayed by 30 mins but all the marshalls were in place - the "goody bag" didn't materialise and a cheap & nasty looking medal was attained. To be honest, I'd rather Cancer Research kept the money they spend on momentos and put it towards developing research. This year the race was delayed again by 30 minutes and they were asking for 12 people to volunteer as marshalls on the day - bad planning or what? Then some mad man in a 4x4 decided to drive across the course into 2000 odd runners! I enjoy the course but will probably do the official Blenheim 10k later in the month next year Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Beautiful run, scenery wise, torturous in terms of all those hills. Not good when you've been training on a treadmill. I'm glad I'm not the only one wondering about the Km signs, just couldn't understand it at the time. Would do it again though. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: fantastic race, if (a big one) I were to do another marathon it would be this one In full: fantastic, well marked trail route - hardly any tarmac & mile markers the whole way - essential for counting down !! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Excellent for first time 'half marathoners' like me! In full: This was put in my diary when I started running in January 2005 and it will be in again next year. Great race & support around the course and enough to look at to keep the thoughts of pain away! Achieved 1hr 54mins for first half marathon so would definitely recommend to others - I am delighted and looking for my next half!! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: I'm glad I discovered this pleasant morning out. In full: Very enjoyable, even if hillier than expected. I did feel cheated that we only got to run down hill once compared to two testing uphill sections. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Fabulous Day and Excellant support In full: This was my first half marathon and despite my own personal mishaps (taking on too much water) I suprised myself and had a ball! Atmosphere was great from on lookers and also other runners. Only bad thing was that I didn't see any mile markers other than 6 and 11 miles, perhaps I was not looking up at the right time. At least I know what I can fix for next year! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Not a bad race for new and old runners alike In full: Despite the huge number of entrants, the atmosphere wasnt as friendly as other races such as the bath half marathon. The only grumble i have was with the last three miles which took you over cobbled streets, which personally speaking, I found annoying as i tried to pick up the pace in final stages. The route is incredibly quick once the first three miles were out of the way as the pace picked up as the race headed out of bristol up the river Avon. All in all a good race for going for a P.B and very well organised. Bring on next year Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: My first marathon, absolutely superb in all respects. In full: I had a fantastic day. Two or three steep hills but there was a few miles in the middle which were flatish. The scenery is fabulous, mountains and lochs and forests all in one. The few supporters along the way were very enthusiastic. Organisation was tremendous. An excellent goody bag, high quality t-shirt and hot showers! What more can you ask for! Forget the city marathons, being dropped off in the middle of nowhere and left to head back to civilisation and a fantastic reception is my kind of race!