In short: A well organised race, very good training fro FLM In full: A slightly congested start, possibly due to the large field and a very tight turn shortly after the start. Extremeley well supported all along the route, much appreciated, especially after the hills. I always find the finish line a little hectic, perhaps it would be worth extending the finish area so that peole could get easier access to drinks. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A fast course but a bit "Mickey Mouse" In full: I did a PB here by 44 secs. I did a 125 mile round trip because the promise was flat and fast. OK, I got my PB so it was worth it BUT, it is flattish, but not flat. In my opinion, the Adidas Flora London (Silverstone) Half-Marathon is a faster course. MK being what it is, meant that there was a lot of going up over flyovers and down through sub-terrain walkways. Furthermore some of the corners were somewhat tight and twisty and there are short sections over grass where you are crossing from road to footpath.
My thoughts about the twisting and turning course brought me to the conclusion that the course was somewhat "Mickey Mouse". The start was not well organised - but I've seen worse. Sections where you could start depending on your intended finish time would be welcome. There were insufficient helpers on the drinks stations. In particular, the first Lucozade Sport station. I hadn't got time to stop and wait so I went thirsty. Fortunately, there was a water station about 1/2 mile later which I wasn't expecting :-)
On the positive side, I did get a PB here so it must be fairly fast. It was good to see Police at some junctions, and major junctions (but not all junctions) were marshalled. Parking was plentiful and near the start. I found the finish system OK, but maybe I arrived before the chaos described elsewhere. The Lucozade Sport was a welcome surprise. The medal was nice. Also, I saw parts of MK that I never knew existed which were rather scenic. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great fun, well organized In full: An inevitable PB as this was my first 1/2 marathon. Good atmosphere, fast start (beware the downhill first few miles). Bit of a hill at the end. Very enjoyable overall. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Some steep hills over the first part but overall thoroughly enjoyable In full: After I had entered the reviews of last years event came to my attention. However my worries were all cast aside very quickly. Arrived very early but needn't have worried. Tannoys pre race (10k) was well informative and the whole event was well organised. Started on time. Course was good apart from the bottleneck at the gate from the car park and the narrow stretch to the road. Despite the hills I will return all being well. Improved my Woburn time by best part of 2 minutes so I'm well chuffed. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Very Fast In full: As always a well organised race well supported by the locals. Took 90 seconds off of PB so obviously well chuffed. Looking forward to next year. Thanks to all involved in organising. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A Home run, for more than one reason. In full: So I'm biased. My home town, with loads of support and the beautiful streets of Oxford..... This is a well organised event that always draws a healthy crowd of supporters for the mix of fast club runners to first timers. The course is flat and scenic (to be picky, some on gravel paths. very minor point). I suppose the fact that you have to use Park and Ride may be a slight annoyance to non Oxford locals, but it's not an inconveinience that would put anyone off an excellent city centre 10k. Long may it grow in popularity !!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: The best half marathon around In full: Excellent race. Nothing negative to say about Hastings half. A must-do each year for me. The weather today made it even better, and made a nice change to have a wind-free last couple of miles along the seafront to the finish. The crowds at the half way(ish) roundabout were amazing, sounded like a carnival from a few hundred metres away. New course pb. 3rd time to do it, each time i've improved, and today was unexpected. Well done to everyone involved with the organisation. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: usual 4 lap course, some hate it, I like it, 5 miles never seems that long except on the final circuit. A strange course that seems more downhill than uphill, which is impossible I know, but thats always the way it seems to me. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Awesome! In full: Organisation was excellent. Well supervised parking was arranged near the start. Good line of toilets. Nice souvenirs for sale and a free programme. Roads were cleared of moving and parked cars. Marshalling was firm so no drivers got in the way. I felt very safe. The Tunbridge Wells organisers could learn a lot from Hastings. The support from the locals was so heartwarming - that helped me to a PB. The church choirs out singing. The pubs cheering. The crowd at 5 miles banging saucepans, blowing whistles and making a huge racket made me grin from ear to ear and lifted my legs. The wonderful downhill section along the pretty Old Town High Street, and then the long easy flat run up to the finish. And a nice cup of sweet tea at the end. Brilliant. I loved every minute. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Very nice friendly run, muddy and hilly but that was expected. Only 5.75 miles or 9.25 k so a bit short. In full: Followed the Cancer Research run circuit, well almost, but was short of 10k as it finished at the coffee shop without a lap of the field opposite.
Well marshalled, no water station and no medal but neither is critical and at £5 its a bargain.
In short: Challenging yet rewarding, though I wish the weather was more like spring In full: Though I wasn't overly impressed by the event info sheet sent with my number, it got me to the event and told me enough. This was well organised, and boasted a good route. I'd call it pretty hilly, though as a marathon runner planning to move into fell running I imagine my perspective on that will change. The route was challenging, and certainly on a bad weather day, parts of the course are all the more challenging. That said the organisers never tried to hide the fact there are a few hills to conquer. Mile markers were a ever present comfort, and everyone was friendly. I'll be back next year, and I'll be faster !!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: too ill to do it last year, glad I came this year, my best 10k yet. In full: The snow began to swirl as the beginning of the race loomed, a biting wind saw runners gather by the side of farm buildings glad of the wind break...gloves and hats coupled with bare legs and arms where accompanied by SMILES everywhere. I haven't done many races yet, but I never fail to be warmed by the numbers of people who show up to do their running, for whatever reason, and whatever the weather. I really enoyed this morning...helped by achieving a PB and despite the last kilometre being straight into a nasty wind that made ny face feel blue. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: I love this race - especially the hills! In full: Second Hastings 1/2 and I'm going to keep going back. Fantastic support and a great crowd of runners. The sun coming out on such a cold day was a bonus... Date of review: March 12, 2006