In short: Well organised; great views - but hot, hilly start drained the legs for the second half In full: Didn't enjoy it at the time as I have never felt so tired, but on hindsight glad I did it for the achievement factor and the great scenery (albeit some not so nice sights on the beaches). Water was a tad too warm by about mile 18 but at least there was plenty of it. Mildy undulating is an understatement - HILLY first half more like. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: god it was hot! In full: undulating didn't do it justice!!!! the bad thing about going downhill is you know pretty soon you are going to be going up! As somebody who trains on flat circuits I found this a really tough run, especially in the heat. still finished in under 2 hours, but was more tired at the end than at either of the 2 marathons I have done. Swore I wouldn't do it again, but I probably would, I would just prepare for it better with more hill training. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Excellent event, splendidly organised, great fun In full: Agree with others' comments - a treat. Glad of the early(ish) start on a hot day. The beginning of the race was well planned and seemed to allow everyone to find their own pace. Marshalling good and drum band an excellent idea. Medal and shopping/parking vouchers added to excellence. Only micro-criticism on a fine event was that I missed a few of the km markers, which were not very prominent. But big thanks to those involved. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: A fast and flat race, where the course takes you around the picturesque landmarks of the museum buildings and Cardiff Castle. Very well organised too, I will be definitely doing this race again for years to come. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: Hilly but a nice view when you got to the top In full: Was a very enjoyable if tough race. But a very good way to spend a sunday morning, as ever! Lovely scenery, and a sunny day. Hot yes, but made for great views.
Great Marshalls and lots of water stations.
Downside? Dodgy speed humps at one point. Start was some distance from the the car park.
The horse brass said Ellesmere Point, didn't know I'd run that far!
In short: Good course, not too hilly but an 11am start in this weather was murderous. Excellent organisation, marshalls very encouraging. Welwyn Garden City not the prettiest backdrop! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Nice location, generally friendly but a bit lonely at the back. In full: The route itself seems fairly quick but you can't do much about the weather on the day... the extra drinks station in mile 12 (on top of miles 4, 7 and 10) was very welcome - of course more would have been excellent, but the logistics of organising more close to the race when the weather is forecast more firmly must be hard. Directions to the village from the principal routes would have been handy in the race pack, since we got to Swaffham and realised the road map was not in the car...
A good local beer is an excellent alternative to a medal or t-shirt and was much appreciated! Oxburgh Hall and the excellent village pub are good diversions for non-running friends and family too. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Good fun In full: Hard to get started as there were many walkers and groups of people running near the front but great after that. Beautiful day. Great for a beginner. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Always a great race; MUCH better this year with the staggered starts In full: Great day out as always and it was much improved with the staggered starts although they could remind people that walkers should be to the right if possible. A brilliant goody bag (no sugar this year?) and plenty of water and HydroActive about which was good as it was roasting hot, as always. Didn't quite understand why Tessa Jowell had to get booed though! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: AN excellent race In full: This has been the best race I have attended so far. The organisation, the abundance of toilets, the refreshments, the heavy presence of St Johns Ambulance made this a really well organised event. But what gave it that x factor was the little things - the marshalls on motorcycles driving round and stopping to offer water that they carried with them, the ambulance crew offering vaseline (no guesses for what!) to anyone who needed some, the public support and the constant motivation givien by marshalls was something else. The only reason why I selected maybe when answering if I would do this run again, was that performance-wise this was one of my slowest runs of the year and i am finding it hard to get the mileage in for pre-half training due to my wife giving birth to my son - trying to bang out 30+ miles a week with less than 4 hours sleep a night is no fun at all. Good race Wolves you got it right this year - well done! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Gels handed out at some water stations (of which there were many), well ms well as bottledarshalled, plus a medal and t-shirt at the finish! The only thing Thanet Road Runners did not do was to arrange for the weather to be cooler...! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Now you know how a lobster feels when it gets boiled alive! In full: Hard work! Nothing on the route which could seriously be called a hill, but it's tougher than it looks. The middle third of the race is almost entirely uphill and although the gradient is only gentle the climb seems to stretch on for eternity on the long straight roads. Can't really complain about 4 water stations in a half mara, but in this heat it was still tough.
Scenery is great, and the roads are almost traffic free, but with such a small field it does get a little lonely - I ran the second half almost entirely on my own. Marshalls are a bit subdued, possibly because they were also getting fried, and spectator support is limited. Mentally, this was a draining race.
A bottle of local ale made a welcome change from the usual medals and T shirts and the local pub does an excellent post-race lunch. Well worth running just for that.
Organisation is flawless, although personally I would have appreciated a distance marker at halfway and with 400m to go - misjudged it and ended 9 seconds outside my target time which was bloody annoying!
Overall - great fun. When it's a bit cooler! Date of review: September 4, 2005