In short: My first half, so I didn't really know what to expect. Overall a really nice day. In full: Needed twice the number of loos and a bit more thought as to the baggage area (why not advise people in the race instructions to attach a tag to your bag with your runner number so you can just dump it rather than queue for ages?). No idea where the start line was.
As for the positives, the marshals were fantastic, the PA system was very helpful (and it gives you such a boost having your name read out as you approach the finish), and the route was quite nice.
I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Hilly, wet and tough; a nice day out In full: I heard rumours beforehand about this being a really tough Half Marathon. Well, they were right. But it was more a triathlon: a run, with a swim through the puddles/rain, and a bit of climbing thrown in instead of the cycling.
I can usually recall how many hills I ran up/down, but not today. However, the one around the 8 mile mark will forever hold a special place in my memory. I'm sure I saw a Yeti at one point, but I imagine I was just delirious from the pain.
Despite the tough course, the awful weather, and the narrow lanes, I managed to post a new PB so something must've gone right.
Organisation was good, and the marshals were a great encouragement. Water stops were frequent but in my view superfluous - you just had to open your mouth and look up!
I'll be doing this one again next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: well organised local race, good mix of abilities & scenary In full: This was the second year I ran this race & will no doubt be back next year. It was well marshalled and the cource gives a variety. But please next year, no more chocolate medals, what was that all about? Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Great race - Needed a rope and a boat for the first half and a windsurfer for the second! In full: Well organised race, good atmosphere, challenging course, uphill to start but a great downhil last 5k. Well done to the Lions - excellent race - shame the weather made it more of a wade than a run!!! Will be back next year Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Marshalled with friendly encouragement....nice run even in the rain! In full: No idea where the start line was - but other than that, organisation was very good. Congratulations and thanks to the marshalls for keeping their good humour on a wet windy day! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: Excellent despite a couple of minor points - where do they find such happy marshalls in the rain?!? In full: Directions: couldn't find the car park so parked on side of road. Start - long queue for loos and bag drop. Not sure where the actual start line was but it was a bottleneck. Staff/marshalls - best I've seen anywhere! They must just love the rain and wind! Course - lots of little downs and ups as we ran under main roads, and long gentle slope around mile 5-7 but thankfully the last couple of miles were mostly slightly downhill. Overall, despite the awful weather it was an excellent race! Date of review: November 6, 2005
In short: The hills are hardcore, but I still managed a PB! In full: Wonderful race, very well organised, and the weather even cleared just as the race started. The 1 in 6 hill at the halfway point caught me out somewhat, but hasn't put me off returning next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005