In short: Small, simple changes could make big improvements In full: Overall a good experience, BUT....
Got a good start position once we realised that the staggered markers where in minutes and not hours and minutes. This confused a lot of people next to me. Example 120 = 1 hour 20 mins, or 2 hours. Amazed to find my zone of 90 mins was only 20 feet from the start !
Mile markers were absolutely rubbish (3foot square boards upright on the pavement). Crowds covered the 11, 12 and 13 mile markers so missed my splits. Why not have helium balloons flying vis a vis the London Marathon ?
Drink stations were impossible; if the cups were not split already they were when you picked them up. Couldn't drink out of them either without the water going up your nose !
Agree with another comment re the Lucozade drinks.... what a waste when you take a sip and throw a half pint away. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Fantastic organisation and value for money - thanks! In full: Great warm-up for London. Why would anyone want to run a big sponsored city race like Bath or Reading, with great events like this around? Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Nearly there, but some further organisation required... and WATER AT THE FINISH PLEASE!! In full: I ran this race as a repeat of my first ever half marathon... and set another PB. I knew from experience that I'd better line up a long way forward as there are always loads of 'fun runners' way too far up the starting grid. The fact that 50 yards back from the line I was standing next to the sign saying 'sub 110 minutes' tells something about the madness at the start (according to the results, 1860 runners came in under 1 hour 50 - and there certainly wasn't room for them all in front of that sign)! The run itself was fine (except that water is better served in bottles). The finish, however was very disappointing. Surely it takes no more effort for the marshalls to fill the goody bags? Somehow I ended up with all the (meagre) contents, however my fiance only got a medal and didn't see any of the other items in her post-race daze. Most criminal of all though was the complete lack of water - just when it's needed most - at the finish. Even if they did fail to arrange a water sponsor, at £25 a head, surely the organisers could have got a bottle of water for each finisher? Very disappointing - and dangerous, in my opinion. I don't know if I'll be back for another go... Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Ran a PB and enjoyed doing it. In full: A village atmosphere. Friendly marshalls and locals. Much warmer than last year. Did a PB, which I was pleased about. Not sure what other people found but I wondered if the last km was measured right as this was my slowest kilometre by about 20 seconds and I just dipped over the 50 minutes which I was a bit miffed about as I was on track all the way to beat it. At least it gives me a target for next time! Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Better than I was expecting In full: Entered with some trepidation after reading the comments about last year so wasn't expecting too much. only a few minor gripes -no water at the finish (or if there was any it wasn't obvious) and no chip to chip times. Ankle chips can provide this - can the chips in numbers? if not then they are not the way forward for a race that wants to be in the top flight of events. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Poor organisation at start. People (inc officials) walking on track when I finished (at the back). In full: No energy drinks for those at the back at the end. Vrey cold (nobody's fault) but 20 mins delay at start made this a "never again" event. Motorbikes, kids and officials walking down track as I entered the stadiuum. Not impressed. Dull last 3 miles a killer.
NB: Generous support from town's people. Thank you! Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Total Magic for me In full: I booked B4 the british GP was confirmed as I have always wanted to got to Silverstone - it was totally worth it for me. Great atmosphere and I ended up running the first part of the race with a woman who had just recovered from kajor surgery - inspired. My folks get popping up all over the track to keep me going and the runners world 11 minute pacers got me to the end, when my legs began to give out. The track was evrything I had hoped for and the pacers just the tonic to get me through the last 3 miles - thank you. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: A great day could have been spoiled by the fact I lost my car key prior to the race start. Many thanks to the person who handed it in behind the bar. Faith in human race restored, I was able to reflect on a great event. Date of review: March 21, 2005