In short: They meant what they said....Challenging! In full: I really enjoyed this race, it was what I was expecting from the pre information received.
In comparison to the Faversham 10K two weeks previously it was more hilly and the level/fitness of the runners was high. I managed to add two minutes on my time that I did in the Fav 10K so pleased about that. I started near the back and there weren't that many stragglers.
Despite the weather being good from the start of the race it could have started earlier to avoid the midday sun around half way. Otherwise excellent race and organisation.
In short: It just wouldn't be the same without the hills In full: This is a tough but satisfying course to run and the premium is well worth paying for the scenery organisation and traffic free roads.
It was the third time I'd done this race; apart from the chip timers and minor tinkering to the route there's been little change from year to year - it sells out months in advance every time so I can't see any real incentive for the organisers to make any radical changes.
Trying to get out of the car park was again a pain but I did think that this year there were more marshals at the main pinch point which at least gave the satisfaction of knowing that the queues seemed to be moving equally slowly. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Bit of a hilly course, and start not well organised In full: Unfortunately for the number of people the start is not wide enough and even the 2 hour sign is so far forward that it should probably say 1h 30. Not the best organised start. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Well organised race , definatly worth the run In full: This was a well organised race that would put a lot of its much bigger counterpart races to shame , well attended by many various clubs in the small but competitive field, a great race to help condition you for your main target race. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenery, tough course, poor organisation, over priced In full: I was refused safety pins by a marshall at the "Fun Run tent" because I had no money with me to give him for charity,the start was a shambles with fun runners crowding the start line giving the runners no chance to race, poor marshalling all round. However the support was first class and the course was testing and beautiful. If the organisers wish to charge £19.45 to non-affiliates paying by c/c in future they should make more of an effort and not just leave it down to the crowd and the scenery to attract future participants Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Hillier than I imagined it would be and oh so hot! In full: My first half, but not my last. Insufficient training and over estimating of training runs made this painful, but at the end the joy of finishing made it all worthwhile, even though the oldest man on the route beat me and the chap pushing his friend in the wheelchair - well done to you. I will be back to try and beat my time. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Good freiendly feel to the race , with some great support. In full: Nice race ,that was well organised so that PB chasers and Fun Runners all had a good run. Course was a bit bland during the last 4 miles, but the support at the finish was marvellous. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Lovely setting- good course. In full: Didnt mind the walk to the start. Liked the earlier start time this year. Would have liked some warning the race was about to start. A drink station would have been nice at the top of the hill- having run this one last year, I learnt and took my own. Memento unusually useful! Friendly encouraging marshalls. Overall, despite the few minor moans, a pleasing event Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Credit to the organisers for Coventry's first Half Marathon In full: Turned out to be the perfect choice for my first half marathon. Friendly atmosphere, excellent facilities and loved the tshirt - proper ladies fit! Only downfall was lack of mile markers. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A really friendly but tough event. In full: I really enjoyed the event. Good to see so much of the Island, tremendous support and encouragement from the villages, euthiastic marshalls, countless water stations, friendly runners, great organisation, great post race food and a beautiful medal (gold plated!!). A very memorable day. Next year, get rid of the hills and the wind and I'll try and stop the wheels coming off! Many thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Very Good New Race In full: Good Things Lots of water Quite a decent crowd for a first time event Excellent T shirt (nice design and not white), medal and goody bag good marshelling and encouragement Nice large field Toilet facilities with well organised ques and were plentiful Chipped Race
Bad Things Lack of mile markers Too hilly - to grow the event in future years you probably need a flatter course with more PB potential Too narrow a start line and first 100 metres. This lead to a slow start even after crossing the line Delayed start and woman warbling on - no need Local people were not fully warned of road closures, if they know in advance , they will deal with it, but it will wind people up if they only find out about it when they get to closed roads
In short: It was my first HF marathon and it killed me but I am glad I did it. I would recommend it to any beginner as long as they train hard. It was a shame it was so hot as it made it uncomfortable and the traffic was awful. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: How far to the start line??? In full: I got there with half an hour to spare, and joined the (extremely long) queue for the ladies. 20 mins before the race, someone came round shouting that it was a 15min walk to the start!! Being desperate, I nipped into a hedge and got stung by stinging nettles, and approached by a number of surprised chaps also hoping for a pee. People peeling off in every direction looking for bushes!! Otherwise fab race, hill not too scary .. but a Cirencester Athletics diary as a finisher's prize??? Date of review: September 27, 2005