In short: Hated the Hills Loved the Gravity - 3 mins of best time! In full: What a start, what a gradient! then down hill for a mile. easy first 4 then those damn hills. some one said to look out for the "Ridgeway" sign as that was the top of the hill. After 10 realised I'd miss it but still seemed to be climbing!!This race hurt in places I didn't know I had. It nearly left me stuck upstairs in my own home if you know what I mean, again gravity intervened and I had to go to work. A big "boo" for the start and the mobile phone thief. sadly will have to do this run next year due to foolish in-law challenge. Date of review: October 26, 2005
In short: A PB for me by 20 secs (1:16:20). Have always run good times here. Well marshalled. Good organisation. Good T-Shirt, much better than a medal. Weather was perfect. Showers/Changing good. Only gripe not enough loos. Will definatley be back. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Seven out of ten In full: Obviously the loo shortage is well docemented here and I suspect that since the organisers announced that they had been let down at the last minute, no fault can be pinned on them. Runners do themselves no favours however, I overheard a race official telling a few runners not to relieve themselves in the bushes of the school grounds.
PA malfunction at the start - race started gradually with no buld up.
T shirt is great - why do grown adults want a cheap medal? Are they going to wear it around the office and make us all look a bunch of tossers or what?
Good race, well marshalled. Can't someone tell the towns businesses to open up? My family couldn't even buy a cup of tea during the race.
Back in 2006 - and I drive from Swansea and back on race day. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: PB potential, flattish, still no loos!! In full: Found beginning nerve racking due to overwhelming number of serious looking runners and lack of toilets. Couldn't get to start position due to crowds of people not willing to move for us, we didn't mind but some people seem to! Chip time solved this problem as far as we are concerned. Thoroughly enjoyed as this was a personal goal for us and we were raising lots of money for charity. Also got PBs so added bonus! Second half marathon and an entirely different experience to first so cannot compare them. Great to have support at various points just as you need it. Was not happy with lady who hassled us for the chip afterwards, in what can only be described, I'm sorry to say, as an extremely rude manner. This was the only point of real annoyance though and WE'LL BE BACK! Maybe next year for the 25th anniversary a medal as well as a tshirt would make alot of people very happy!! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: good all round race worth the trip In full: was made a lot of fun because of the weather. the puddles were HUGE! pb could have been better if it was dryer. a lovely park to run around(sorry paddle) Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Fab day In full: Probably biased as this was my first marathon but throughly enjoyed. Marshalls were good, weather perfect, course was very pleasant and had lots of lovely people to chat to around the course (big hello to Plodding hippo who was great company for 7/8 miles). The finish in the stadium was mega ! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: A real challenge with a bit of everything. In full: Probably tougher than I thought it would be & although I was expecting some mud & water, I didn't expect what was to come in 'The Wetlands'. The start was a bit cramped for my liking. You need full concentration throughout the race or you can easily end up on your backside. Everytime you ran through one of numerous large puddles you would have no idea how deep it was going to be. Overall, I really enjoyed the race & would actually prefered it to be a bit longer. Price is a little high. Looking forward to next year's race & hoping it will be even tougher. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Fantastic race! Who wants to road race when you can wade thru deep mud and laugh at the sheer madness of it! I'm hooked. In full: Thanks to the two blokes who grabbed me as I almost went head under in the first real bit of water/mud. Nobody tells you the mud doesn't come off -still finding bits after 2 showers and a bath! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Great, but tough run. Hardest part was not knowing how far was left to go! In full: An achievement for me just to get around! Will carry more water next time though. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Great fun challenging race - a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning In full: Excellent race, slightly improved organisation from last year but still some way to go. Loved the mud and puddles, hated the hills. Glorious weather helped make this a lovely morning as did the Mars bar at the end. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: A great and well organised race. However, I was surprised that there were only 2 ladies toilets for such a big event. This resulted in a huge queue and I was worried to miss the start... They should have provided portaloos. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Quicker than expected, good atmosphere, spectator friendly. In full: I was surprised how quick it was - could be because of the generally good standard of runners. My family were pleased with the reasonably priced tea and cakes whilst waiting for me to finish. The slight hill at the end is a bit of a killer. Date of review: October 25, 2005