In short: Wow - again - if you get the chance DO it - I love this race - my fave half - and second pb on this course! In full: There are no two ways about it the hills are deffinetly challenging - but boy oh boy do the down hills make up for it! As always the atmosphere is outstanding - the nearest to the carnival atmosphere of FLM that I've experienced in a half -the marshalling /event organisation is excellent - I'm just going to have to find somewhere to store lots of horse brasses( unique medal) cos I'm definetly going to back to this one year after year - it's the kind of race that leaves you feeling extatic - pb helps of course :-) Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well organised race on a freezing cold day In full: +s - Well organised - Entirely off road - no angry drivers to contend with - Chip timing for true accuracy - Nice medal - Good photography - Friendly miz of runners. Evidently some very good people but also a nice number of less high achievers (like me!) - No hills!
-s - Cold weather and the wind seem to whip across the airfield - Two laps of the circuit and not a particularly interesting one - Not much in the way of an atmosphere and the marshalls didn't do much to compensate by cheering you on either... Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great run In full: Did this one last year and came back because I am a gluton for punishment!! Pretty cold today running through sprinklings of snow forgot how hilly it was but maybe that was a good thing. . .Well organised and will certainly be back next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fantastic Support all way round the course. Would definitely do it again In full: Before the race I was very nervous about the hills and weather. But the hills were not too bad especially as they were in the first half of the race and the sun came out just as we started. The crowd all way round were fantastic, cheering, playing music and were a great help in getting me up the hills.
This was a PB for me but it may be more to do with this being my third half marathon and and the fact I am a slow runner.
Would recommend to anyone! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great race, hill not as bad as I expected what a relief! In full: Like it's been said before, start/finish needs some working on, better refreshment tent at the end and a bigger changing tent.
The race itself was terrific, marshalling was superb, and the course challenging and what great crowds Hastings have. Thank you...
In short: Poole Park runs always well organised by Poole AC.es it was cold and windy , but that's what you would expect really. Nice medal and tee shid rt. Need to dosoemthing baoutthe queuing after teh finish to collectemdal and tee shirt, apart from that , t Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: two tough climbs ! In full: the best half marathon course i have run in ages. two tough climbs made it hard for pbs but you cant have everything. scenery was amazing including a run down the canal side. excellent from the organisational side , well marshalled and i would like to say thank you to all the people who turned out to marshall on such a cold bitter morning to make it such an enjoyable run. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well organised. Good opportunity for a PB. In full: Lots of parking. Lots of space on the way round. Not too sure how the organisers could have done better than they did. Lots of encouragement from the marshals and spectators, too. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fantastic event for all the family In full: This is a fantastic event, where runners and non runners are given great consideration. There are excellent changing, toilet and parking facilities. The marshalling and policing is top rate. Whilst the runners are off doing their thing there is plenty to do for the non runners, including free tea and coffee!
The course is fairly quick, but challenging in places, but this is definitely one race to put in the yearly calender.
Just one thing though, anychance of fencing/roping the finishing straight off from spectators so that the mid pack and slower runners can come home unhindered? Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: 400 runners and chip timing! In full: Drink stations were good with a choice of lucozade and water. Start was very busy and could have benefitted from expected pace start gates. Most marshalls were good, although in one or two places there were none. The finish is the most problematic with long waits for a medal and a drink in the cold. If race had chip timing it would sort a lot of the problems out. But still i had a good fast race and will be back next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006