In short: A quick run down to the river and back In full: I would echo the point about the distance .... this seemed a long 13.1 miles. I must have taken a very poor race line but my Garmin ended up charting 13.6 miles. I still managed a PB by more than 5 minutes.
I don't know why the organisers insist on focusing on the gun to chip time, rather than the chip to chip time. O.K., for the elites this will be the same, but for those of us starting further back the gun to chip time is no better than an estimate of your real performance.
Organisation was good. I would prefer to keep the tops on the lucozade pouches, as I carried one around with me for a lap and continued taking small sips. Without a lid I would have been drenched in sticky goo.
Finishing/starting area was o.k. A second place to get a coffee would be good ... the only one there ran out of coffee at around 10.20 !!! Only tea or choco available. Maybe someone should warn them that many runners would like a caffeine fix just before the start.
These are just comments for consideration. Overall, a great race. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great In full: Great organisation, great atmosphere, great course. i sound like Tony the Tiger but it was just GREEAATT!
I will moan about the t-shirts though. All x-large. we are runners not wrestlers! and a few buses to the city centre for those that live in the 'pool would'nt go amiss as it was chaos getting home. had to walk three miles as the cabs coul'nt get around without charging about £50 for the detour.thats all minor stuff 'cause i set a painful PB and loved every second of my day
In short: Great race In full: As a back runner it was nice to see there was still plenty of support out on the course and still water at the drinks stations. I too am grateful to the lady with the sweets at 9 miles. Didn't get a T shirt and will be interesting to see if I do get the one promised. Nice to see so many Stafford Harriers out on the course and as usual they were all in front of me!!! Will be back next year, no excuse really as I live right on the course :-) Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised with many positives and a few negatives In full: Really enjoyed the race although it was only my fourth organised event and second half marathon. The positives for me were the general quality of the organisation; the extremely efficient baggage drop-off with no delays at the start or finish; although described as undulating, it was an easier course than Windsor (my first half marathon) and therefore managed a PB by 4 minutes; well manned and reasonably frequent water stations and the medal was nice. The negatives were the lack of any goody bag with something to eat at the end; the plastic cups at the water stations - I really would prefer to pay a little more and get bottles / cartons to drink from; and the queue for the toilets (although the woods were a good alternative!). Will definitely do it next year. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Nice flat-ish course apart from hill at 8m. I ran having come back from injury having not run for many weeks and this race was ideal for that. Good atmos but park n ride was not a patch on last year- lots of having about waiting for buses whilst cold Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Expensive but well organised. Great PB potential course! Though distance came up slightly longer. In full: My Garmin measured 13.39 miles. Another two friends measured 13.3. The wind was very harsh that day & the sun came out just enough without dehydrating you too much. If it wasn't so windy it'd be a PB definite course.
It was a very well organised race! Ques for the loos were a bit too long but there were lots of loos dotted around the place, so wasn't too bad.
Very nice goodie bag! It contained a medal, luzocade, a little jar of honey, 2 Nairns biscuits, a sample pack of Surf washing up liquid(!) and a lovely lovely Mars bar! Wouldn't have minded a t-shirt in place of all that though (apart from the Mars bar).
Bag drop was efficient, start was well organised by predicted finish time and lots of marshalls, first aid & water to go round.
My only gripe would be to "please" remove the little caps from the water bottles first! There were lots on the floor especially on the 2nd lap, which was a nightmare to run through without twisting an ankle! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Nice race, great weather, a few organisational 'issues' In full: Needed (as ever) more toilets. The trip to the start through the woodland path was a joke - many missed the start due to the queues so no chance of starting in the correct time. Other than that great weather, course was a little more undulating than expected. Went off far too fast so paid later - my fault! No goodie bag for the money ;-( Date of review: March 20, 2006