In short: My first 20 mile race and ideal training for a marathon In full: Although the prospect of running 4 laps seemed tedious in actual fact it was much better than I thought it would be. An event I would recommend and enter in again myself. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: A decent race - and I got a personal best - which I'd been told wasn't difficult in this race. Well organised though and despite the mini blizzard at the start . the spectators were out in force... Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Some very scary traffic particularly in the last few miles. In full: Good venue and well organised. The traffic can be a bit worrying with fast cars in country lanes and then streams of Sunday traffic on the main roads towards the end. You have to be careful and there are no marshalls on those bits. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Nice run, potential to be alot nicer though, if the weather played ball In full: Run was pretty much ups and downs most of the way round, nothing too terrible though, and there were invariably nice long gentle descents in pleasant scenery to compensate afterwards.
Only real downers for me were; it was a bit quiet at the back (not that many spectators or competitors) and although it wasn't wet, the weather wasn't as nice as it could have been.
I'll almost certainly be back next year, as hopefully in 2007 it will not clash with MK 1/2 (so more runners) and fingers crossed, the weather might be nicer :-)
Should also say well done and thanks to the marshalls for doing a good job, when it must have been more than a bit chilly standing around out there today! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Beat PB by 7 minutes - so not complaining! In full: Well organised, bloody cold, usual March stuff. Could do with a couple more water stations and the traffic occasionally gets on you nerves - but otherwise well marshalled, well supported and my kids loved getting a medal for the fun run. Nice of Sir Trevor to turn up as well and sign a few shirts!! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: A big race feel with a serious pre FLM slant In full: A surprisingly picturesque course around MK (did I imagine the concrete dinosaur?), in an event awash with lucozade. For a flat course, there was quite a bit of up+down with underpasses, bridges over the canal etc ;-)
Many thanks to marshalls + drinks station people, it was seriously cold to be standing around.
In short: good location and well marshalled In full: needed to seperate 10k from 15mile on 1st lap as 1 road was just too narrow either that or start the 10k 30mins earlier Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Good course for PB .. quite scenic too. But race organisation a bit slack In full: Had a good race and enjoyed the course, marshals, lucozade & water. Start and end were a bit disorganised ... no countdown, queues at the end, no goodies. But generally a good race ... and a suitable amount of toilets! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Poor organisation. And why no goody bag? In full: In 8 months of competitive running, this was my largest race, and if this experience is typical, then I will try to give larger events a wide berth in future.
The start was a little disorganised, and could have done with pens for each speed category. The location of the start line was unclear, and it struck me that that too many slower runners were too near the front, and too many faster ones were too far back. It made for a hectic first half mile.
However, it was the chaos at the end that really turned it for me. After running 13 miles in temperatures too close to freezing, the last thing I needed was to stand around for 10 minutes. Judging by the comments I overheard, it wasn't just me thinking that. Why on Earth there is there no chip timing on a race this size?
The marshals were generally friendly and encouraging, but I was less than happy with one of them letting a car through during the last mile that nearly ran me down.
Given the steep entry fee, I was left with an empty feeling on getting my medal. No chocky bar or t-shirt, making this easily the most expensive medal in my collection. Hats off to the people from Lucozade who in dishing out free drinks managed to take away the bitter aftertaste I had been left with.
Anyway, enough of the negatives. Until today I had always considered MK to be a featureless, dreary place, devoid of anything worth looking at except perhaps some concrete cows. It came as something of a surprise then that this race is well near the top of my list of scenic races. The run around the lake was particularly pleasant.
This half also has the prospect of being very quick. It's not flat in the true sense of the word as there are frequent ups and downs at underpasses, but these are never more than a few metres and are over with quickly enough.
Given that there were so many aspects to this race that were negative for me, then it may be surprising that I have said that I'd do it again. The reason was that I knocked 2 minutes off my PB, and would fancy my chances at doing the same again next March. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A bit more than undulating I'd say! In full: A good run in the training for London but a bit more than undulating, first lap was quite tiring. A cold windy day didn't help but the race was well marshalled (must have been tough standing in the bitter wind). Some of the roads were main roads and therefore had a lot of traffic which made overtaking quite tricky (and dangerous - my running companion says that a van and I came quite close!). Worth doing to get the miles in when training for London. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: First class organisation, outstanding number of very cheerful stewards. Good course, not totally flat !! good for pb. Medal allocation needs tweeking to make it quicker. Will be back, with loads of club members. Thank you to all who helped. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Lack of water made this a bad experience In full: My lasting memory was the lack of water at water stations, watching people scrambling on the floor to get cast off water bottles was a sad sight. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: 20 solid miles of undulating pre-FLM practice. Impressive medal. In full: After reading the discussion on prior years races I was getting a touch apprehensive about the whole thing - being my longest distance since last years painful FLM. However, the four undulating five mile laps were varied and interesting enough to keep my mind occupied and motivation high. i would recommend this race to anyone intending on completing a spring marathon. Well organised and very friendly too. Date of review: March 12, 2006