In short: Free drink and good parking do not outweigh the farcical finish. In full: Pros. Arrived 1hr early, parked the car easily about 20m from the start, left my kit in the boot at 10:29 and set off on time. Plenty of free drinks hand outs, not restricted to one each. Lots of toilets, though the later runners seemd to have some weird queing system! Flatish course, going under roads with associated dips and climbs. Well signed mileage points. Well marshalled and plenty of water stops.
Cons: Start not easily identified! Baggage hold a joke. Finish:- worst 'organisation'I've ever encountered. Results not accurate after 700th place!
In short: Atmosphere excellent - support incredible - ranging for the OAP's banging their saucepans to the two church choirs - 1st half marathon but want to sign up for next year already Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Not too bad - actually enjoyed 'the hill' In full: Went well until my shoes became very uncomfortable at about 9.5 miles and I ended up having to walk for a bit and hobble in at the finish - mental note, wear nearly new shoes for longer races.
Parking was a nightmare, however, the course was a good challenge. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Enjoyed the 4 laps rather than one long stretch of 20 miles. The marshalls and police gave great support. In full: The marshalls were fantastic and uplifting, I loved the 4 laps rather than a straight 20 mile run. I was at the back and there was plenty of support from runners and marshalls. The first 2 miles of each lap were hard and the traffic came close a few times but I would recommend the run, especially as a pre London Marathon as we now how 6 weeks for our bodies to recover! The medal was a horrid black colour, but I am still proud to have it! Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Good but not that good In full: I'd heard such good reviews about this race and yes it was good but nothing special. Having said that it was nice to have such nice crowds watching and the church singers were a surreal moment. Certainly not an easy pb course. If only Brighton had had this weather then it'd be way better than this one. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Fantastic course and a few challenging hills on the way but superb fun! In full: If you want to run a medium sized spring half complete with Championmchip timing and stadium finish then Inverness is the one for you. Do it next year! Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Great race for all standards. Welcome addition to the racing calendar. In full: Something for everybody - Very quick at the front with good prize money, but plenty of unattached and first-timers. Good tee-shirt AND a medal at the end (plus bottle of water and ceral bar). I am sure the entries will increase next year when word gets round. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Well Organised but a little too windy for my liking In full: Very glad that there was no snow. Most of the route is good 'cos you manage to get all the major hills out of the way at the start. the last two miles are a killer though - alongside the Ness into the wind :-( Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Good race for advanced runner, terrible race for beginner In full: This might be a good race for advanced runner, but numerous hills, elevations and more hills make it difficult for the beginner. There were no toillets at the beginning apart from the pre-historic public loo (mens did not work), which were absolutely filthy, and no toiletts en route. Scenery was lovely when after 10 m of hills you eventually reached the old town and the seafront. The only immpecable thing was the atmosphere, so all the points to the people of Hastings for cheering up, giving out water and oranges, but I will not be coming back until I can do some serious uphill running. Date of review: March 13, 2006