In short: Sticky EARTH, Howling WIND & Legs on FIRE In full: Like a lot of runners there I was using this as a warmup for a marathon later in the season - it certainly hit the mark. The off-road section made life very interesting - it's a shame the local Quad bikers seem to use the area for drag racing. Excellent organisation, great marshalling & scenic course made for a fantastic half. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Who said Lincolnshire was flat!!?! In full: First time at this race this year. Thought the route was a bit boring, too many straight lines, but the marshals and organisation was fab and the route was challenging, expecially with the off road bit. Very good. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Chaotic start, little support, terrible organisation In full: The route from the race HQ to the start was awful as all runners had to squeeze through a gap wide enough for one person at a time. I only heard one announcement that the race was starting in 10 minutes, but a lot of people obviously didn't as there were a lot of late starters. There were no time boards at the start which was chaotic and amongst parked cars. Not enough portaloos (8 between 1300 runners?)and hardly any support for the back markers, so not a race for the first timer. Would probably look for a better organised event next year. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: third time participant,I WILL BE BACK (2007) In full: this run is a must,if you live within a reasonable distance,WHY havent YOU done it yet ???????? windy,cold,tough climbs and mud.what else do you want?,jam on it? Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: No Warning of the 2miles across country-DANGEROUSLY SLIPPY! In full: Glad to make it in one piece finding good ground was impossible, if there had been warning it was a multi terrain event i wouldntve done it! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Great race - had it all tricky start, easy middle bit and good finish In full: Managed to start way too fast, fell over and that wind! (should have been a bit of a clue that the start line was next to a glider field) Still managed a PB by 3 1/2 minutes though. Great race and well organised. The off road bit was entertaining and broke the race up quite well. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Hilly, would be challenging for beginner In full: Start was very poorly set out amongst parked cars on a surburban street with no time groups. Finish was chaotic as well with people wandering onto course, and I finished in 1:35. Bit in between, the race, was excellent.Bit chilly but very scenic. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Not a bad race, but chaotic getting to the start and a bit messy at the end. Lots of confusion as to where the clock actually stopped! That said, it's a nice course with no really nasty hills so there is PB potential there. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Eastbourne - the Sunshine Coast? Or more accurately, Windy City...! In full: This was my first ever half marathon - you don't ever get to run such a memorable race in the town you grew up in. So I'm slightly biased... but I had a fantastic day and was pleased with my respectable time, gained despite the wind (not the organisers' fault obviously) and the hill from hell which I only ever used to see from the comfort of my parents' car as they drove me home from school! Running up it was a different story.
So yes, I loved the course, loved the number of encouraging marshalls, loved the band at the Natural Fitness Centre - and the only thing I didn't love was the lack of mile markers. We had 1, 2, 5, 7 and 11 - and none inbetween, making it impossible to pace yourself if you're a relative beginner.
BUT - apart from that, I loved it and would definitely do it again.
In short: Poorly organised start, although the marshalling and organisation around the course was very good. In full: This was a good challenging course. I will definitely be coming back, although it is advised to arrive early and get out of the sports hall while you can or you will miss the start. Date of review: February 26, 2006