In short: Extremely hot, huge turnout, good support. Water stations made it unnecessarily difficult. In full: The race is well organised, brilliantly supported and huge. First mile was slow mainly down to a city centre bottleneck and another on the Kingston Bridge but unavoidable with the numbers. Organisers had no excuse for not watching the weather, and increasing the water stations (nothing between 4 and 9 miles). At the finish there was tea and coffee not a water station. That said, there was interest and great support all along the route. Nice one Glasgow! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: best rac e ever over last 3 years In full: easy running plenty of water and sponges and thanks for all the marshalls and cubs for your help. its just a shame the traffic think they have to speed past us and nearly knock us flying every year Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Nice little fun run for the family,well intentioned. A few signs to direct us wouuld be useful. A water station at the end would also be good as it was a hot day. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: My first half and definitely memorable!! In full: I had ankle problems early on and would not have finished but for the encouragement I received from spectators and runners alike. Will definitely do next year if all goes well!! Home town race as well so it was always going to be a bit special. I felt sorry for those doing the full distance as everything seemed to pack up fairly quickly once the half had finished! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Don't know whom marked out the 10km course, but they certainly didn't measure it correctly! I was averaging 4 and half mins per km, that is until the 8-9th which i completed in les than 1 and a half mins. how is this possible without changing In full: my pace? My best time on 10 km before this was 49.02, and i completed this in 41.09?! Am chuffed, but think course was closer to 8.8kms. Sorry to those who think they got their best time ever. But I don't think you actually did. If you're gonna organise a race that is to be 10 km or 20 or 30 for that matter I think you should take more time to make sure distance is correct. D'Arcy Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Hilly, but not steep, just long. Tough course with a strong field at the top end. Little support on the course, however In full: I didn't personally run particulalry well on this race and it is not one where you can afford to do that, as I slumped to a disappointing 9th place. All for a good cause and at the start and the finish the support was booming! However, many of the marshalls seemed to take life a little too seriously. Better that than not to pay attention, I suppose! The trafic can be a pain as well. Good race, would probably go again. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Very nice and well organised race. In full: My first marathon. The first half was much tougher than expected. Second half indeed quite flat. I will definitely be back. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: I love traveling up to Glasgow because of the people and support you get duing the run.The "crack" is great. In full: Even on a hot day I could not but enjoy the day.This run has a special place for me now.I traveled up from Sunderland at 5.30am and from arriving at 8.00am the place was buzzing.At 7.00am listening to the local radio station in the car,they were talking about the run encouraging those not running to turn out and support those who were running and it worked.That support the last few miles was tremendous.Ive entered already for next years GSR. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: An excellent beginners race In full: I expected a half marathon to be tough, but the heat on the day made this all the more difficult. Good organisation but more water stops were needed. The Sikh residents did great with there make shift stops and were a real relieve to many. Musicians were great. The first aiders did a great job as many went down with heat exhausation. A subereb, yet slow first half and we hope to be back next year. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Flat course part road, part parkland in the centre of Cardiff. Good atmosphere. In full: Been running for a few years now over 10K to half-mara distances, but first time to do an organised event. Was very well organised and good-natured as the event is well established.
I guess in a privileged position that any time would be a PB, but the course is flat and good terrain and so a PB isnt out of the question.
I'd do it again and would like to use it as a baseline to go for longer distance organised events. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: This was may first 'Major Stone' half-marathon. I found it to be very good value for money. A very nice course, with plenty of water stops. Pity it had to be so Sunny & Hot. Overall V.G. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Flat course, some nice parkland, nice atmosphere In full: The three laps gave the early stages a very repetitive feel but were good for the spectators and hence boosted the atmosphere. No real gripes with the organisation - there weren't loads of toilets, but then queuing for 6 minutes at about 10.05 wasn't THAT bad. Nice to see that the controversial water bottles were Welsh mineral water!
Don't quite understand why gun-to-chip was used rather than chip-to-chip. The souvenir keyring was rather bemusing. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Great organisation-shame about the heat! In full: First of all,Thanet Road Runners deserve great credit for organising a variety of excellent,varied races throughout the year.This year's half marathon was run over a very scenic,coastal course with a hard first half.It wasn't so much the length or gradient of the hills that made it tough,but the sheer number of them!The organisation,race support (marshalling,water stations etc)were excellent and the tee-shirt and goody-bag were great value.The very hot conditions made it much harder and also meant that parts of the course,near the beaches,were busier than I'd expected in September.All in all,highly recommended. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fantastic public support, good organisation and lots of water stations - made up for slightly boring scenery! In full: The support from the locals was the best of any race I've ever done - I was very grateful to the family offering jelly beans, water and a refreshing hose-pipe!! It was well organised and had a good, friendly atmosphere which made up for the lack of scenery. Date of review: September 6, 2005