In short: A PB on a Challenging course. Use of timing chips a bit of a question. In full: An undulating course but with PB potential. The use of a timing chip was a bit miss leading when it was from gun to finish and not mat to mat. Start a little tight but once the race got going things spread out well. Not totally traffic free but well marshalled. Water stations well spaced out and a good size water bottle and plenty for all runners and bananas and water at the finish with a t-shirt and medal well worth the trip and thumbs up for value for money. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: got me looking for my next half & even full marathon In full: well organised,enjoyed the course & support along the way.only been running 2 months so it was 1st race and i may now be hooked.managed to beat 8min mile target time as well. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: An enjoyable race which I will do again. In full: Posted a PB by over 7 minutes and finished in the top 40. To the guy that mentioned going down Parliment Street as me and my companion flew past everyone "You won't be running up so fast", the idea is that going as fast as possible downhill will compensate for slowing up on the way back. And I can't remember anyone passing us from about mile one onwards so the tactics do work. Also congratulations to all of you who finished on Sunday. The nice thing about running is that everything you do is special to you. 1/2 marathons are not easy so you all give yourselves a massive pat on the back. YOU DESERVE IT!! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Great day, enjoyed every minute. In full: Enjoyed it much better than Silverstone which I ran in 2004. Excellent atmosphere and course. Only slight downside as mentioned elsewhere was the wait for bags at the end. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Well organised run, great for new & experienced half marathon runners In full: A most enjoyable run if you're an F1 fan, running on this great circuit. An enjoyable run if you're not an F1 fan. Exceptionally well organised with loads of marshalls and support all the way around and enough drinks dished out throughout the course to keep you going. I really enjoyed it, and got myself a PB, knocking 20 minutes off my Great North Run time. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Fantastic. In full: I made a 400 mile plus round trip to do this race, and I'm very glad I did! Having been scared stiff before the start by all the talk of "the climb" at 3 miles I was pleasantly surprised to come home only 8 minutes over my PB, set on a flat course. I'll never complain of wind in a race again (well, not that sort of wind at least). Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Excellent test; a privilege to run in such beautiful surroundings In full: One moan - water station on mile 4. You really don't want to be gulping water before a nasty slope! The local support was brilliant. I train on the course and never get bored of running around it; purely on location. Well done everybody concerned. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Friendly atmosphere, challenging hill! In full: Once you have done the first lap, running up that hill twice more seems gruelling but if you enjoy a race with a bit of an extra challenge this is very enjoyable and has definate pb potential. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Ideal pre marathon warm up race In full: Very well organised race round a not too challenging rural course. Watch out for the fast downhill first mile and a half if you are trying out your marathon pace. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Beat my pb in a big way but SO disappointed to find out afterwards that its not a full 10k! In full: Well-organised race and organisers were encouraging and cheerful - not much encouragement from the marshals on the course though, perhaps they were just too cold! Also – why does it take so long to publish the official results? Its late Tuesday evening and they still haven’t been published. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Uphill lasts for 9 miles, there's a thought... In full: With the poor organisation surrounding the water stations, it really left me on a downer. The scenery was beautiful and the welcome was friendly, if only they could have made more effort in informing all about the distance of the water stations. I am a seasoned runner who also takes all the responsibility for not carrying any water. I would suggest there are better races to start for beginners. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: First half marathon - very impressed by organisation! In full: This was the first time I'd ever raced over 10km and in fact, the first time I'd ever ran for longer than 1.5 hours. Set a PB of 1hr 54min - so very pleased with myself.
Shame about the freezing wind, but you can't have it all... Very cruel to set the last mile uphill...
Overall, excellent experience and I wouldn't be surprised if I'm back in 2007! Date of review: March 21, 2006