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
In short: A nice place to start and finish at the Liver Building.A lot of confusion as to where the finish was - the inflatable arch or the line in the road 20 yards further ahead. Fast course but not very scenic once you had left the start. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: a very dull race with little atmosphere and some very lonely section In full: This was my home marathon, it was my first time to run it and I am sad to say I came away very disappointed.
I found the course lifeless with only a few areas with spectators.
The goodie bag comprised of a banana and a wagonwheel!!!
I have already run the London and Edinburgh marathon this year and was expecting great things of Cardiff. I came away feeling that my home marathon had let me down and did not compare in any way to the other two. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Very well-organised race In full: The organisation is excellent for a large race, and there is no difficulty in getting into the pens, finding friends, and meeting up afterwards. It's a nice flat course too, and wide roads seem to ease congestion. Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Very flat, scenic 16 miler In full: Really enjoyed this one,1st time out to the running festival, and really enjoyed it bar the early start. Most of it was pretty scenic, through parts of Kingston, and along the river, and past Hampton Court. 2 lap course. PB material (even if there aren't many 16 mile races). Organisation was good, lucozade pouches given out twice a lap, plus plenty at the finish. Nice 2 lap race (just struggled last few miles myself after martahon last week), but would certainly put on my list to do again Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: gorgeous In full: the breathtaking scenary makes me feel happy for about a week afterwards. Always very friendly which helps with the general jollyness of the day back again in February as always Date of review: October 10, 2005