In short: good race In full: Good race to do and majority of marshalls nice - except for one yelling at me after first lap for not showing my number - race tough enough without being yelled at by marshall....don't need that! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: An annual favourite, great pb opportunity! In full: Last year's Brentwood Half marathon was my first attempt at this distance and I loved it. Great to do it again this year, a good "benchmark" race. A fast course mainly through the villages, friendly locals out with home-made banners and jelly babies (thanks kids!)and plenty of water stations. Well marshalled with police controlling traffic at all major roads. Well organised, large turn-out means you can always find someone running at your pace. Will be back again next year! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Very good but no chip timing and poor handling at finish. In full: Another PB over this distance and enjoyed the scenery and route. Some marshalls were very supportive. Organisers could learn from Sussex Beacon HM and increase the height of the bollards with cardboard to prevent injury. I found no problem with parking and and pre race information warned on baggage storage area and to leave your bag in your boot. Lucozade was a welcome surprise in lead up to FLM, I'll never get used to the sickly taste . I was impressed by the water stations as have done 2 races this year where there was no water by the time I went through. I finally managed to break the 2 hour barrier but was disappointed at the disorganised, shambolic finish. Chip timing would have solved all or larger finishing area. I will be doing the NSPCC one in July. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A well-run charity event that needs a bit of tweaking In full: Thank you to the Villagers of Naseby for the lovely reception and cheering! Good number of loos at the start - well done organisers! However, I could have done with one half way around the 15miler, so had to squat behind a hedge (aka Paula Radcliffe!) My only comment to the organisers is that they needed to start the 10k at 10.30am (half an hour before the 15 mile race) to reduce the number of 10k people still out on the course - there were too many to duck and dive around and overtake! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: fairly fast, flat and scenic In full: Nice route and well marshalled en-route. Good police presence closing off the few roads that you actually cross.
The big benefit of this is that there's no traffic or bouncing up and down kerbs. Race is done on MK's red routes and cycle paths.
Really fast and flat first 8 miles but a few more smallish ups and downs over the last few miles. Fairly scenic route through MK villages and lakes. Well worth a try and great for pre London marathon training.
The only down side was that there was too much congestion at the finish line as there were only two people recording the finshers. Took me 1:46 to run 13.1 miles and then another 10 minutes to do the next 20 yards! - please sort this out for next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Perfect run! In full: A great run, quick start down hill with only moderate hill at the end - defiante PB potential I got one today 4 mins off my last half so well chuffed!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: windy In full: As my first marathon i have nothing to compare it to,but all in all a really GOOD DAY. Marshals were really good,and non biasd,offering encouragement to all,on what for them must have been a really cold day,a big thank you, and well done to you all. Shame about the wind,but all in all a good race, well organised,well marshaled, and well fed at the end. A big thank you also to the catering staff at the Hotel,who were rushed off their feet. And of course the Hotel for a fine venue. Hope to see you all next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well worth the (short) trip and well organised. Where were the 't' shirts?? In full: Excellent hard training run with suitably difficult terrain and a viscious bloody wind over the last 3 miles of each lap!!!!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fab support all around the course which can be surprisingly quick. Weather much better than anticipated.Did it last year and will most likely do again next year. The Horse Brass mounted on the Martingdale is very different. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Weather dependent race with notorious hills. In full: Organisation is beginning to creak as a result of popularity. Poor olicing of pens at the satrt lead to scrappy first mile. Prizes are peculiar (horsebrass. Hills continue beyond mile 5 despite advetising blurb. Very fast course despite this. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: There may be hills but the great atmosphere will help you through In full: My first half marathon. Wow! how much fun is this??! Helped hugely by very encouraging crowds all the way round and a beautiful crisp sunny day. The hills were quite tough and just when you thought you had climbed the last one....there was another, but what goes up must comes down and there is some even more serious down hills to be had. My only reservation would be that 4500 people is probably a few too many - it was quite a squash. I would highly recommend this half marathon even if its your first, they will only be easier from then on! Wont they..? Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Weather dependent race that has viscious hills. In full: Race organisation is beginning to creak with popularity. Pens at the start need attention, prizes are peculiar (horsebrasses) which have almost no use. The course is quick but hills continue well past mile 5 despite tthe advertising blurb. Date of review: March 12, 2006