In short: Excellant Half Marathon venue In full: really good half marathon run, the hill will reduce the time that could be run but it only added a minute and a half to my time. really nice course and definatley one to do again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: First 4.5k steeply uphill, then 5.5k downhill all the way. 2nd half so exhilarating it made up for the misery going up! Scenery stunning. In full: I found the first half of the race so tough that I walked/ran most of it as did everyone else around me. The view at the top was spectacular though all across the Welsh countryside -could easily have stood there for 10 minutes taking it all in! There seemed quite a low turnout, maybe 200 runners max? but there was a really good atmosphere, much better than the other Cancer Research 10k I did. The runners were friendly, the marshalls were excellent and the chap doing the commentary was very good, reading out peoples actual names from his list as they finished. I did it in 1hr 14 mins but people were still coming in 20 mins later! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Lovely Half-Marathon let down by the chaos at the end.. In full: My first half-marathon, and it was a lovely experience (apart from the badly organised end!). The spectators on the way were fantastic cheering everyone one. The course route was excellent. However, it was let down by a number of factors: At the finish we were herded up the nearest exit only to join the chaotic crowds waiting to get the medals. Only 3 people giving them out for the thousands that finished! No organisation, no queuing systems at all! Shambolic - 45 mins waiting! When I reached the next stall that had the fruit, I enquired about whether we'd have some water, and was told that was given at the finish, it was only when going to get my bag that I saw the water stand at trhe bottom of the course, but was herded up the nearest exit by marshalls before we could get to it! The so-called 'secure' baggage area - was just a seat in the stadium, with no security - anyone could have wandered in and taken bags etc. Also, the atmosphere in the stadium was let down by the fact that there was no music playing, when it was clearly stated that Red Dragon Radio would be entertaining the crowds. Even though, the end was a mess which desperately needs to be sorted out, I will definitely be back next year. And I'll now know what to expect! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Only problems were the start and fi ish In full: An expensive race but worth the money for the stadium finish. Main gripes are the start where most of the field seemed to be outside the 'under 2 hour' section leading to some congestion in the first few miles. Also the organisation at the finish was so bad it was almost funny. Other than that, a great, flat course, well supported most of the way and an ideal race for the capable runner as well as the beginner. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: First half and I loved it In full: I'd heard so much of that hill that I came prepared and expected it to be far worse than it actually was. Thoroughly enjoyed this race - my first hal-marathon, would definitely do it again. The scenery was just fantastic ! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: The organisation was a Shambles. In full: For the money, this is the worst organised event that I have competed in so far. The organisors should be well and truely ashamed of themselves. The Liverpool Ladies 10K earlier in the year was a much better event than this. That I would do again, but this... NO..!
In short: Very nice race which was well organised and had good support on route. Very picturesque route passing through City, devloped docks and parkland - well worth doing Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Nice run in the countryside In full: With half of the run off road and narrow country lanes it's not the best race for a PB. It was however a refreshing change to run completely away from traffic and the appearance of a herd of deer certainly made the run memorable! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great Atmosphere, the hill is a shocker but adds to overall enjoyment of the event In full: The first time I’ve entered the Henley half and it’s definitely a must for next year. It’s ideal for the experienced runner or for the novice (the hill is the only problem but at least its an easy run in to the finish once you hit the top). The crowds were great and the figure of eight course enables supporters to see the racers a number of times with the minimum of ease. The toilet situation was an issue but there were other ones available in the changing rooms if you did look. In summary Henley half is a victim of its own success and has slightly outgrown the facilities on offer, an overall excellent event and I’m looking forward to next year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: I came as a spectator who usually runs half marathons. I thought the organisation was dreadful for spectators trying to watch and meet athletes. We were refused entry to many areas such as those where people could meet at the end. In full: Compared with half marathons where I have finished in a stadium such as Sheffield's don valley I thought this lacked atmosphere. There were no commentators, no music, no stalls etc. The crowds were kept to two areas of the massive stadium for 3/4 kept empty. The finish line area on the lower level was closed to non competitors but still finishers stood getting cold in queues. Most supporters could be found waiting at a door to the finish line area. The stadium is difficult to negotiate and not one of the 5 marshals I asked could advise me on where the finish was- how to watch it and how to reach the person I was due to meet. I could not even find the entrance and I wasn’t the only one. I bumped into several people looking lost and asking the uninformed marshals where to go. The marshals en-route gave out incorrect information to runners quoting mileage for the marathon (which started at a different point) to half marathon runners. What a shame because I believe the course was great except again if you lost runners around you many people ended up taking wrong turns which in an event of this size is inexcusable Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great time was had - but spoilt by a criminal end In full: 3rd time, more runners than ever, good support within the city and a more running in the parks than previously, superb finish in the stadium but once you finished what a shambles. Absolutely crap organisation! if they don't sort this out it would put people off. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Potential for brill race with good organisation In full: I think most of my thoughts have been captured here, but feel it is important that the orgnaisers take all the comments on board as they are all very valid.
The worst bits for me were the stupid situation with the finish, the very long queue for the poor 'goodie' bag.
Have been looking at the forums re the water situation etc, maybe this is indicative of the attitude of the organisers?
This was an excellent race when the city council did it, come on the council take it back and give us the race we want!! The Liverpool Womens 10K is fab, this could be too!
Most of all I agree with the comments re the price, think it very pricey for what you get.But i guess I will be there next year as it is close to home but I hope all the above is addressed in the meantime.
Well done to all the runners and volunteers. Date of review: October 10, 2005