In short: Small field, PB potential In full: Great run. Must stop running along rivers - they strangely have no hills! So the tiny hills in this race were an effort for me with the wind too, but a good quick race - clear markings, good marshalls, good organisation. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Could do a lot better In full: Organisation was a bit catastrophic at the start and the water stations/isotonic drinks were too infrequent. More portaloo's were needed. Parking was more than chaotic, I was directed in the opposite direction nearing the start. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Very poorly oragnized. In full: There were, as far as I could see, no directions to the start of the race. 3 out of the 4 water stations had run out of water, ending up being handed thrown away bottles and beggers can't be choosers. To cap it all the ending of the race was a farce, having been teased with the end in sight before being sent in another direction. After the race we had to stand about waiting in the rain while they struggled to cope with the amount of finishers. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Good intentions were meant, but the orgnization was was a bit disappointing. The route was scenic, but the 180 turns and doubling back on where you've just run from was annoying. It was a good run and is one i would do again. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Perfect weather this year In full: Ran this last year and the turnout was much smaller, but probably because it was touted as the last year. Weather was perfect, plenty of water at all of the stations and the hills at the end are a really challenge. I'll definitely be back. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Curate's egg, good in parts but not the important bits (Start, finish) In full: Some great scenery and some gross. Too many twists and turns with particular unique strangeness at 9.5 miles and the rather cruel/pointless last mile. Outstanding beauty on the beach. Water stations right in number, but wrong in length/accessibility. Energy drink seen once as an afterthought at one table. This race was part road, part steeplechase, part obstacle course and part wacky. How people were not injured by the cones, barriers, Harris fencing in the first/last three miles I do not know. Course far too tight in too many places. Glad I was only doing this as a training (Slow) run and certainly took longer than expected as stopped short of the finish and queued to cross. Having come up from Bristol with running buddy, invested time and effort, felt cheated by the organisation. Great medal, goody bag seemed measly by comparison to field size and fee. Don't know if we'll be back, but might do to judge the improvement. So much potential and knowing the field was double expected should have cut at the believed 2,000 or invested more in the day. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: A Virtually Falt 21 Mile Race In full: Well organised and marshalled. More than adequaete water stations with water and squash, which is a big plus. Someone in an earlier review said it was by no means flat. All I can say is come and live in Wales matey, I'll show you "by no means flat". The only killer was the early start (9am and clocks went forward that day) ! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: A really tough off road race (particulary with the solid mud in the first 5miles) but fantastically organised and really friendly. In full: For £7 it was a bargain and I loved the coach to the start, even if due to the clouds we couldn't see it when we got there!
One definitly to repeat, but in off road shoes next time!! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: very poorly organised race for my first 1/2. Luckily doing Great North Run later in the year to make up for this bad experiance. In full: again, the comments above sum it up.
Very disappointed in the organisation, Sorry Kevin, you will have a lot of anger and disappointment dirrected at you over the next few days. Perhaps you and your team can post some answers to the problems identified.
This was my first half marathon, although very happy with my time- 1hr37 according to my watch (but I have no idea what my "official time" will be!!!). Even the local 10k's I've done with only 200 runners had better organisation.
Although the start was delayed, that's fine, things happen, the mess with people not knowing what was going on was criminal. (Blaydon races in newcastle gets delayed every year due to traffic problems but the message gets passed around by the marshals and PA system).
The course itself had some very good elements to it, but the number of 180 degree turns was ridiculous, especially the one adding an extra mile at the end. not good for your running stride, and the bunching that goes with it.
The finish was appaling. no dirrections, people milling around to try and find medal and "goody bag" with no T-SHIRT!!! what was my money spent on?????
From a medical point of view the chaos at the finish was asking for trouble. I ended up going into cramp because there was no room to move and keep walking around and warm down. (I've worked medical tents at the GNR in the past and there is a long walk to pick up the "goody bag" for a good reason).
would I do it again? not until I have heard some good reports from people who have the courage to takle this in the next few years.
The only thing I take away from this is the fact I have finally done my first half marathon and got a reasonable time for it. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: I always think I'll do a better time in this race - maybe I don't like afternoon runs? In full: How come that I always do better in the Winchester 10k - in February - which is hillier?! For the second year in a row I was disappointed. Always has the potential for a PB though. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: A well organised, well marshalled race that has clearly been designed by runners In full: The increasingly commercialisation of running has been bugging me for some time now.. It’s not hard to find expensive, badly organised races where in the drive to make a quick buck, it’s been assumed that the runners will be happy with a handful of toilets, a few cups of water, chaotic starts and finishes, lazily thought out courses, marshals dragged out at gun point, and a muesli/energy bar fast approaching its expiry date for their £20. So it’s good to see that great little races like the Sandy 10 are still flourishing. Clearly designed and run by runners. Enthusiastic marshals, easy parking, well thought out route, Energy bar, t-shirt, & Fruit juice at the end… There was even a clock! Sounds silly – but these are the little things that quite often get missed out by races with much bigger fields, and for twice the price. Well done to those involved with the organisation. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Lots of potential marred by lack of planning/consultation In full: On the positive side, the scenery around Cramond was lovely and really nice to run through. The weather was fantastic for Scotland in March, and the facilities in Ocean Terminal were much appreciated. My parents enjoyed the day and were able to see me and other runners on the route, as well as go to the shopping centre cafes while waiting.
As others have said, the finishing line was totally chaotic, especially around the 2 hour mark (fortunately I got in 15 minutes before the worst of it and was able to finish - just! - exactly under the line). I also felt very sorry for the stragglers I saw as I was leaving, who made heroic efforts just to get round, only to be met by the organisers packing everything up.
There's a lot of potential with the course and it'd be a great place to have a race but really the organisers need to put a lot more thought into how to accomodate runners as well as spectators! I won't repeat everyone else's suggestions, but the worst thing from my point of view was the finishing shambles. Everything else is just about forgivable, especially for a first-time race (not that that really excuses it - talking to someone who had organised another race before might have helped).
I wouldn't do this race again unless I could be guaranteed more for my money (where was the goody bag/the high5/the sportscaps/the chip timing!/adequate toilets?). I am sure that the organisers will learn from it all and that there will be major improvements next year. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: How can the organisers call themselves ETHICAL ? The organisation was an embarrasment to Edinburgh In full: I was prepared for a long rant, but almost everybody else has had their tuppence worth. And the criticism is fully justified. I only saw 1 table with the energy drinks. I took me 25 mins from finishing to getting my medal. CHIP timining would be a bonus, but not if you can't cross the finish line. I feel sorry for those who travelled from far afield. If the organisers think that's a great goody bag, then they should get up to the Inverness for the Baxters' 10k & Marathon. As a local, I can not possibly see how they can cater for increased numbers next year. that course will not support it.
In short: Excellent pre FLM warm up In full: My longest run for over 15 years in preparation for the FLM and absolutly delighted to dip under 3 hours. Friendly well organised race, recommended for anyone doing the FLM. Date of review: March 26, 2006