In short: Friendly people, flat course, PB for a half marathon by 6.5 mins. T-shirts and medals good. Drove back to Newcastle with smile on face. In full: Excellent race. Bit warm but not complaining. Course fine not totally flat but not brutal either and was quite scenic. Would definately do it again next year. Starting in the town centre and finishing in the stadium may help get rid of the early bottleneck.
One gripe is that the marshals were not the most encouraging you'll ever find. There are not many people out on those country roads and being encouraged to keep running or told you are doing well can make such a difference even if both of you know its a lie!!!! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great scenery and an enjoyable race In full: A completely new route this year, which I was concerned about because I loved the old course. But the new one is just as beautiful and a little flatter, although the single climb in mile 9 is fairly brutal and the headwinds in the exposed sections are a challenge. Mostly though it's a lovely stroll along winding, traffic-free roads.
I thought the mile markers were pretty much spot on and the organisation was fine - no problems at start or finish and well marshalled and signposted throughout. Nice T-shirt and pot of jam in the goody bag.
Relatively small field so it gets a bit lonely at times - I can understand why they decided not to accept entrants on the day, to avoid any delays, but I'm not sure it's the right decision.
In short: great race hillier than i expected and very slippery in places In full: really enjoyed this the weather was fantastic lovely to go round castle afterwards although legs got tired when we got lost in maze! will do more hill training next time Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: You won't get a PB, but you'll get a great run and a great day In full: The atmosphere was really good, the organisation was almost spot-on, amd the course is surprisingly scenic for Swindon - although you pay a little for this in the altitude gain/loss! Plentiful water, good marshalling and markers, plus a nice t-shirt. Only marginal criticism was that parking was not signposted, making it trickier for non-Swindonians to find. A really enjoyable day out, and I would definitely do this again. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely waether but not for 1/2 marathons! In full: Still retains its feel good factor, although start needs to be put elsewhere due to bottlenecking. Excellant Race and excellant value Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: An urban race with style! In full: What a splendid race! Organisation spot-on. The built-up-ness of the area was thoroughly outdone by the scenic-ness of the river. The view of Richmond hill at ~8m was uplifting - glad I didn't have to run up that. Given better prep I think this course has PB written all over it... but sadly blew up today somewhere between 6m and 7m and even the greater than normal level of "eye candy" couldn't distract me enough! Definitely one to do again next year! BTW - I liked the shirt at the end - it kept me warm! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Nice course - pity about the milemarkers In full: Nice course and a lovely day. Even though it is a new course the milemarkers are still wrong!, but oh well...... Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: extremely good In full: yet again another Good race in S.W. London, everything ran like clockwork and the organisers changed the colour of the shirt too (Canary Yellow). cannot fault it well DONE Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Bargain price, lovely route, needs more support In full: Great race but can't see why it's so poorly supported or attended, only about 500 runners.Quite hilly, more than down. Circulate to everyone this a great race for a bargain price !!!! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: I heard it was hilly, and they weren't wrong! The last mile uphill was a nice touch... made the last 400m downhill so much nicer. See you there again next year! In full: I should have been more prepared for the hills, but when I heard the winner only got round in 1:15, it made my time of 1:53 sound all the better (I'm normally 50 minutes behind the first one home).
We even had a riderless horse join us for a mile - obviously curious of all the runners trotting past the end of his field, and wanted a closer look!
The warm weather made it a pleasant run. I've lived in Swindon for 16 years, but ran down country lanes today that I didn't even know existed.
Hats off to the organisers. Hardly any queues for the car parks, seemed to be plenty of toilets available, and he majority of the route was traffic-free.
All in all a good run, and I'll be there again next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Helpful Organisers and Friendly Participants In full: This was only my second ever race and the first one was this years Hydro Active (so a bit of a difference). Well sign posted and marshalled. Enjoyable. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Tough race In full: A map in the pack would have been nice and made it easier to find. Once we got there though everything was ok route is a bit boring running round housing estates. Thought the course was tough lots of twists and turns. Marshalls on the run very good and friendly and nice finish on the running track. Might go back next year now I know where it is but a more scienic route would be nice. Very good value for money with family pass to David Lloyd and a T shirt. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Good race with challenging hills In full: I thought the organisation was great and you knew where you were going at the end unlike other races. The last hill was hard and was a shame you did not know how far it was to go but it did make you work and felt good at the end when you had made it. The guy at the end with the mike was very good and gave you the extra ooomph to make it.
In short: Tough out with a nice downhill midsection. Sting in the tail on the last mile. In full: Crowded start made more difficult by the funfair. Tough uphill at the beginning then nice downhill out of town. Loose horse at 3 miles caused a stir. Uphill midsection for 4 miles but what goes up must come down. last mile and a half was an uphill slog with a good downhill sprint to the finish line. Closed roads, pleanty of water stations with bottles you could actually drink out of, nice scenery, fantastic weather and good support. Overall an excellent but challenging event. Not a PB race. See you next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005