In short: Lots of lovely hills In full: The organisation at the start of the race left alot to be desired. There were not enough toilets, the bag drop off and changing area was ridicuosly small and access to the start of the race was hampered by too many spectators behind the starting line. The finish area was a mess, after the race the one refreshment tent only served tea, no water, and was situated far too close to the finishing line.
The race itself was terrific, the marshalling was superb and the course was chalenging. It was one of the friendliest races I've ever taken part in and would definatly do it again, although I would hope the organisation at the start finish area would be better. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Far better organisation than last year. In full: A new venue and as far as I could see no big hold ups or hicups. Slight fumble at the start when Rosemary Connelly was doing her wasm up and the start whistle went off so everyone had to sprint to the start. Some killer hills amd narrow roads which made it hard to over take people.
In short: Decent event, spoiled by the chaotic finish In full: Decent course, reasonably scenic for Milton Keynes, great sports drinks, well-marshalled and well supported. I have never though had to finish short of the finishing line to join a queue for 15 minutes waiting for a grumpy guy to take my number. And was I the only one who's Garmin showed all the mile markers out and the course 13.27 miles long? I didn't expect this with Nike. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: What a superb race... In full: Organisation was superb, parking was good, annoucements you can hear, I found the course tough, but thats what I need but no PB for me at 1hr 59mins. As someones already said the crowd support could easily rival London and that was superb, nice that the roads were shut off. Was worth the 200 mile round trip from Southampton. Well done to all involved an absolutely brilliant race. Well done Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Definite pre marathon run that will make the marathon seem a doddle In full: Not done this one before but would recommend to do as part of a spring marathon plan. Its a tough 4 lap course with quite a lot of hills. Very well organised and friendly runners and marshalls make it worthwhile. Plus you get a nice medal and goodie bag at the end for all your efforts. The laps are quite borins scenic wise and by the time you have passed the high street and the station for the 3rd time you are really wanting it all to end. The hill at the end of each 5 mile lap always gets you as well, especially from about mile 18 onwards...be prepared. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Top event! In full: A very good course. Very well organised and marshalled. Results up on the board before I left the sports hall! A fast course with a few slight hills but for every uphill there is a down hill. Started to snow a little and the wind picked up but was still able to finish in a 1hr 44min. Excellent start point and finish area with something for the whole family. A must do for the future. I'll be back for more. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Excellent race, pleasant undulating fast course. In full: Excellent event, although some fairly busy roads and a nasty uphill stretch before the finish, the misery of which is compounded by the battle with the traffic. Overall I would rate it as one of the best half marathons I've done. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Not lightening quick; gently undulating the whole way but still worthwhile. In full: Not as flat as some I've run due to the footbridges and underpasses a little isolated in places with little support, even the marshalls were quiet - maybe that was due to the temperature. Good to see water and Lucozade available, I like to have a choice. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: An absolute gem of a run,flat as a pancake In full: A slightly crowded start, Mile markers a touch off but nothing to get upset about friendly folk all the way round and helpful , encouraging marshalls, and a good flat finish along the seafront. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Was surprised by the hills at first noly done 2 10ks and they were both flat, but once i got my head round it i was fine. New straight away that i may not beat my personal best, but overall a good experience. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Acheived PB, redicted times at the start and much more efficient funnelling at the end! Good course for speed though. In full: This is the third time I have ran this race and the first time it has been sponsored by Nike. I like this race because it is flat and has good PB potential, however this year it may have become to big for its own good. The start was a free for all. There were a large number of runners wearing the wrist bands handed out by the Lucozade tent with 2 hours on them at the very front. I am sure it would be much better for everyone if the start was segmented into predicted finishing times, so that people could position themselves in the appropriate segment at the start. The end was not much better, fortunately I got through before the larger segment of runners finished, but my girlfriend finished in 1.50 and was in a que for over 15 mins to finished. I felt very sorry for those finishing after this as it looked so backed up it look difficult to get across the finishing line!. Overall this is a really good race, but it has grown and now needs better organisation. This is the second Nike race I have attended and I have to say I have not been very impressed with a lot of the organisation. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A very nice scenic route along the harbour. However, the wind and cold made it much harder. In full: A good race but the wind really effected my running along the harbour a mile into the race. Made it very difficult to get a P.B result. Well organised, very nice momento's at the end although the que seemed to be a bit annoying especially with the weather. Would make a good 5k race in the summer rather than the winter!! All in all though i'm glad I ran it, should be back next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well worth running - good value for money and quite scenic in places. In full: Fast(ish) course but not pancake flat, generally well organised including excellent parking. Problems at the finish - when you've run 13.1 miles you want to be able to at least cross the finish line rather than stop 20 yards beforehand and join the back of a queue ! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A well organised run with plenty of marshalls and an attractive course In full: This is a well established and well organised run. I managed to lose my number but it was replaced with a new one by the information desk staff in moments. The route is well chosen to make the most of country lanes and there are plenty of marshalls at the trickier junctions. You have to park a fair way from the start so I'll get there a bit earlier next year! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Undulating course, plenty of parking nearby, well marshalled. In full: Second time I've run this, last time being in 2002. Roads are open to cars so there is some traffic to avoid where drivers get impatient overtaking. Well marshalled and a fair amount of support from the public. Worth doing if you live within reasonable travelling distance and an ideal half if you've got into the London marathon. Date of review: March 12, 2006