In short: Good big race prep for FLM In full: Third PB in three attempts, so fast course makes it worth turning up for that alone. Sure its not the most interesting of courses, but its off road, the organisation is faultless and its got championchip and timing every mile. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: A very muddy route In full: The course was very muddy (my socks will never come clean!) which definately slowed it down (in places you had to walk) and I do NOT like mud! A lot of it seemed to be uphill, not steep but definately up! The race was well marshalled and there were spectators encouraging you on all around the course. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Ooh, bit hilly for Norfolk!! In full: My first half marathon! more hilly than I thought it would be but a great run, met lots of nice people and completed in a faster time than I had expected. A very friendly run and very well marshalled. Pity about the toilets! a medal would have been appreciated. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: A good day out in the mud In full: Weather both on the day and the lead up did not help. It was much wetter than previous years. This made it hard going and felling activity necessitated a route change that added distance and a long pull up. Also numbers were down as earlier start on the day the clocks went back - I think this may have put off those at the "fun" end of the recreational runners - I had fun and will be back. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Dull couse, terrible organisation In full: What did they spend the £20 on? No chip, no T-shirt, minimal energy drinks. Was it spent on the staff recording our finish times 20 minutes after completing the boring course. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: At least next year will have to be better... In full: wow! i would like to thank the organisers of this event for showing me that EVERY other race i have ever done or will do was/will be so much better than this. i completed the Dumfries Marathon the previous week and found it a well organised, professional event which had fantastic scenery, amazing marshalls & fantastic facilities. what happened here??? i would recommend that the organisers contact the Dumfries Running Club (no, i am not a member!) and get several tips on how to run an event. the Dumfries event was much smaller but even allowing for that it was twice the distance & 100 times more enjoyable (even the hills!)
no point in saying any more as everyone else has said it all before but, organisers PLEASE read every comment made here & learn from them. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Half-decent course, shocking organisation In full: I think "very poor" is a kind way to describe what was a bloody shambles.
To Annette Duncan, who posted a rating earlier and commented that someone said the course was longer than 13.1 miles.
I wore my GPS watch and it agreed almost exactly with the mile markers until mile eight. After that, my watch was telling me that I was covering a mile but the mile marker was some way beyond that point.
The upshot was that when I hit the turn at the end of Ocean Terminal, my watch told me I had covered 13.14 miles - but I still had the loop which went away from the terminal and back to run.
Anyone with a Garmin Forerunner 201 will know that the user can't alter or recalibrate the watch so I can only go by what the satellites were telling it. So going by my watch, the actual course would have been in the region of 13.3 or 4 miles.
Whatever, I enjoyed the run itself apart from the start and finish.
The course was nice, although a bit contrived to make up the distance, but I may need a bit of persuading to go back next year after the chaos at the finish line.
The goody bags? I really thought I'd been given a duff bag from which the "real" contents had been left out.
I've emailed the organisers and suggested they post a response to the criticism, if only to confirm that they'll take on board the points that have been raised by runners.
In short: The people who ' organised' this event really need to think a bit harder. They need to address organisation from start to end and use the attractions of the city a little In full: Where to start ? The start - atrocious organisation. The only race where >4000 runners have to circle shopping centre on a single lane road and to be squuezed through two security barriers. The route - totally wasted the sights of Edinburgh in favour of a tour of industrial wastelands & building sites. Managed to include several demotivating loops , especially the 300m one to a dead end at about mile 12. The last trip into the docks and backadded the finishing touch. The finish - to have runners not able to cross the line because of finishers queueing to have their position written down says a lot. Toilets - what are they? Mind you, I did run the Marathonm there last year and they hadn't worked it out then either. Water/Drinks - my wife was given a row for handing out water at the finish , she was told 'that wasn't the system' So the system was that finishers should queue for ~ 30 minutes to get their time checked. let their legs stiffen up and then maybe have a drink Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Decent course and organisation, traffic dangerous at times In full: The route was well sign posted and there were a few marshals dotted around but not nearly enough considering the volume of traffic. One big uphill in the middle followed by an equally big downhill. A hotter day might have necessitated a water station. The guy on the PA system was good value! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Well organised undulating run through the Surrey countryside In full: Enjoyed it as my first 20+ race - well organised, friendly atmosphere and good route. Toilet facilities at the start could have been better. Don't know whether it was me, but I only found out once I'd got home that tea and cakes were available after the race - I had to make do with a trip to Sainsburys Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: A bit expensive for a 10k - but would probably do it again simply because it is close to home In full: A few more marshalls were needed along the way as well as a water table. The kilometer markers were not very accurate at all. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: could have been better, but im happy!! In full: ok everyone, it wasnt the best organisation or price wise, but i had a great time!! know things could have been better but i ran a pb and really enjoyed every part of the race, lessons will have to be learned, but we move on!! (full marathons only 11 weeks, yikes!!!!) Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Very hilly, not for the faint hearted, can be isolated as long gaps between runners, but good if you're a challenge seeker! In full: A very challenging & relentlessly hilly course. Definitely a Challenge & not a Race. If you can do this you can do London no problem! Good atmosphere with a nice hot meal afterwards.
Can be a bit isolated & maybe vulnerable if you're a lady runner but some ran in pairs which is better & helps in case you're unsure of the sometimes vague direction markings. Marshall sent up on an extra 1 mile detour through the woods(!!), but marshalls very friendly indeed.
Could have done with more water stops - if hot next year should be reconsidered to put more in towards the end. But couldn't knock the quantity and choice of refreshments! Water, squash, tea, coffee, sandwiches, sweets but to name a few.
Nice hot showers when finished & the choice of a cheap massage before limping off to the canteen for sausage, chips, beans & pie! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: No water at back of pack after 3 miles, absolutely no sign of energy drinks whatsoever. Stood in line at finish for 20 mins to receive banana and almost empty goody bag. Still no water. In full: Shockingly bad organisiation. Plenty of evidence of runners keeling over along the course - lack of water? I'd sue. My first 1/2 marathon & I'd trained for months, thankfully I'd taken along my own attentive support crew, otherwise this organisation would have scuppered my chances of finishing. The only good thing was the beautifully flat course. Date of review: March 27, 2006