In short: Really good fun, I'm glad i put all that training in!!!! In full: Excellent fun. I'd been warned about the hills but they weren't as bad as I'd expected. The only bad momnet was when I thought I was going mad between 9 and 11 miles - the 10 mile sign was missing!! The joy of realising I'd done 2 instead of 1 miles made up for it though. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Great scenery, but hot, hilly and what the hell was going on in the car-park? In full: My first half marathon, pre-race I thought it was generally well organised to start with apart from the lamentable lack of toilets (a billed 'record' 6,000 runners, could they not have thought this element through a bit more and prevented multiple 'go and find a tree' incidents?) The atmosphere was very friendly though, marshalling was great, course was beautiful but very tough - we all knew it was going to be hilly but it would have been much better to run it earlier in the day to avoid the heat. The biggest single downside was the farcial car-park exits at the end. We needed proper lanes, proper marshalling and more than one exit. I'd do it again though, just for the scenery. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Fantastic Race, A Definate For Next Year In full: A really well organised race a great challenging course. One of the best ive done this year. Will be at the start next year. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Made me proud of the City! In full: What a debut! Such a great event with a great turnout from runners and supporters alike and Marlon Devonish as starter as wel. The loop back throught the start/finish area after a couple of miles was really uplifting, but where were those mile markers? I didn't see one until 6 - apparently there were markings on the road, but isn't that to tell the man where to put the signs? All in all a great start to what must become a regular date on the running calendar Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: well organised race through rural setting. In full: This was my first 10mile race, and I was well pleased, especially as i just turned up on the day and was sorted out in minutes. It felt fairly hilly- long uphill 2 miles from the end, but my opinion is coloured by the fact that I`m more used to running 6 miles and was pretty tired by then. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Well organised, very scenic, but not a PB course In full: Lovely scenic route with a mix of lanes, town paths and off road parkland. A tricky course with 4 good climbs so not one for a PB but a good general atmosphere, well organised, nice t-shirt, plenty of parking, changing etc. In fact all the things you'd look for in a race. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Excellent race, great organisation. In full: Overall a great race (first time I'd run it). Well organised - plenty of marshalls. My only criticism would be the water stations - if Vittel are a 'sponsor in kind' why can't they provide enough bottled water to supply all stations?
Plenty for the family to do whilst the race was on - made the day for the kids too.
Will do it again next year for sure though. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Fantastic Organisation ... Excellent Course In full: Although slightly critical of the course when it was first published ... I take it all back. It was brilliant with some very challenging sections. Did the GNR last Sunday and the Godiva topped it on all counts. Cannot fault it for anything .. apart from the missing mile markers (although there were markers painted on the road).
This has the potential to become the "Must Do" Half Marathon in the Midlands.
The organisers did a fantastic job and deserve all the praise they are getting.
In short: Great Race ! In full: Oh my god, where did those hills come from. Great race and very well organised. Could done with a few more mile markers. Enough water stations a great suuport. See you next year Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Nearly cross country? I'd say very much so! In full: Certainly a challenging course. Good weather conditions (even a cooling shower towards the end) and a relatively small field (about 560 registered for this, compared with 3000 at some Cancer Research runs) were somewhat offset by the forest trails that made up the majority of the course being turned into a quagmire by recent rain! Some of the course had to be single file in order to get through, there were several challenging hills (and descents), the final hill at the 9k mark being one too far for me to run! The traverse across a hill towards the house at the 7k mark has left me with some new blisters, though the house and grounds proved a welcome distraction. All in all a good day, but some of the non-runners seemed quite dismayed at the nature of some of the obstacles - perhaps this should be spelled out in more detail on their website before people sign up. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Excellent. My first half marathon in my local park. Great atmosphere. In full: I had loads of supporters which really helped and knowing the park really well meant all the undulations didn't faze me. Really enjoyed the whole day apart from getting out of the car park. I should have cycled! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A well organised Ten miler In full: It is easy to see why this race has reached it's 25th Birthday. It is well organised and has loads of marshalls it also generates a warm atmosphere by virtue of the fact that some of the runners have run this many times. I thought the team prizes were a good idea especially the team of ten (male or female) This was my first LB10 it will not be my last. Date of review: September 26, 2005