In short: Good scenery-escaped horse on route to content with! Yes, hilly but not so bad. Car parking a real nightmere and everybody collecting numbers from small village hall was a bit too busy and congested. No organised luggage storage unfortunately. In full: I wanted a medal-no point in running all that way without showing off some bling at work the next day! Also a good incentive to newcomers and first timers. Date of review: February 9, 2006
In short: An excellet half-marathon, and as well-orgasied as ever. Weather conditions couldn't have been better. It is hilly, with the one at about 8 1/2 miles especially a pain, but still good nontheless. Great as part of April marathon training schedule. Date of review: February 9, 2006
In short: 1st half marathon - was great In full: REally enjoyed this race. Was nearly last but wot fun we all had a the back! great encouragement from everyone running with us and some fab chats - perhaps effort would have been better placed in running rather than talking? Still "ran" all the way - my running pal and I and had a fab day out. Sponges were very welcome and a big thanx to all the staff - you were great. Date of review: February 9, 2006
In short: Good atmosphere and fun hills! In full: First half so little to compare against. I had been fearing the hills but there were only three 'short sharp shocks' to slog up, and was more than compensate for by pleasant downhill sections. Start and finish the worst bits - narrow at the start so hard to get into your stride. In last mile or so a section on the pavement which was narrow and held up a couple of times when I was trying to up my pace. The final lap of the park is demoralising, but overall a good race, mostly in lovely countryside with a bit of suburbia thrown in. Blessed with great weather this year as well. Date of review: February 9, 2006
In short: Very misty to start with, but soon cleared up so we could see the countryside we were racing in. I had a personal best and won the ladies race, so no complaints from me! Date of review: February 8, 2006
In short: Leave it in March. In full: Overall excellent, especially it had a different start & finish miles apart it was organised apart from trying to get back into the stadium after the finish which was hell even without having just ran 13 miles.
Everything else was great including the scheduling: 6 weeks or so before London. if it was at that time again I'd do it without hesitation, but at only two weeks before training is winding down by that point & a PB half marathon 14 days before may hinder more than help. Date of review: February 8, 2006
In short: Great London Preparation In full: The first three & last three miles are a good experience. The middle seven are a bit lonely. But for the time of start 12.00 & PB potential - well worth entering. Date of review: February 8, 2006