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
In short: Terrible organisation at the start but a good time in the end! In full: Huge traffic jams prior to the start of the race meant both races were severely delayed and some 10k people started with the 1/2 marathon. Also congestion after the first small lap of the 1/2 due to fast 10k'ers wanting to get past us. Why not start everyone at the same time? Good for a training run, but with no mile markers, the distance was questionable especially looking at comments from last year. Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Why so long to get the results published on the website??? In full: I thought some of the mile markers were in the wrong place - I measured successive fast then slow miles. I thought some of the mile markers were missing, but maybe i just didn't see them! Date of review: February 28, 2005