In short: Hilly! In full: This was my first half marathon. I was daunted by the "hill from hell" when I got the race program through the post. I was chuffed to have carried on running up that hill. But the hills that followed seemed much worse for it. The marshalling was excellent and they had words of encouragement for everyone running. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Aptly named! In full: Great organisation and facilities and a good atmosphere - thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a good challenge. Even better if they can find a way of cutting out the steps. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Surprisingly quick In full: I'd been told that this wasn't a particularly quick course but found otherwise. Very well marshalled with the exception of one roundabout just after the water stop which didn't have one and should have done.
In short: Well organised and very user-friendly In full: In the horrid rain it was lovely to all those poor marshalls, first-aiders and policemen clapping us on. They deserved the applause for standing out in that weather!
Water stations were too few and far between, especially as we only got half a tiny cup of water at each one. Cup of hot choc at the end was great though! Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Enjoyed my first multi terrain, not as tough as expected with the exception of the hill in the wood In full: Apart from the queues at the steps in the first couple of miles this is a great course and I loved the long downhill to the finish. Would recommend this to all. Plenty of fish and chips available afterwards. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: First ever 10K. I hope that the weather improves for my second. Ah! committed to a second race now! Proudly wearing my finishers T-shirt. Best of all, being my very first 10K I achieved my PB. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: In full: got a pb from after forays in previous hilly/muddy runs, eventhough I ran in freezing cold rain for the first time, hope the motorists weren't too annoyed at the runners prioritising the traffic. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Another excellent race - well organised with great marshall support In full: Thanks again for a great event - it didnt seem as bad as I remembered from last year. The hill were still there in full force and the weather didnt help but still managed to get a pb by 5mins!
The finish could do with being on the enterence to the school so you dont have to run around the field at the end, the mud made this particually difficult. there must be a loop in the estate that can make up the distance. Two of the km markers were out but all in all a great race.
The marshalls at the 25km point were particually supportive.
In short: Excellent course In full: Excellent course, very well organised, only problem was the initial bottleneck, and the mud but you cant plan the weather. Well done to the marshalls and the police who stood there in that awful weather and still cheered us weary last people on. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Friendliest marshalls ever In full: Didn't actually notice the scenery; I spent the whole race looking at the tarmac in front of me! But really nice marshalls, results up quickly after the race, nice t-shirt - can't complain. Just realised it's the first long distance race I've done with no medal - but big deal, I've got enough of them sitting in a box already.
Didn't like the lap round the field though, because the mud was slippery, particularly on the final stretch - simply couldn't spring properly. That said, it would probably have been fine on any other day. There was one K marker which was more like 750m, and the 1/2m marker was way dodgy too. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Good mix of terrains. Hill was harder and longer second time round! Great marshalls In full: First time in this race.Good start along the beach and a nice gentle climb up the toll road. Then the HILL! Ran it all the first time as I didnt know what to expect. Gave in second time and walked as it was much faster than my attempts at running! The last third of a mile on the beach was hard going. Thoroughly enjoyed it though. Great atmosphere. Excellent marshalls. Nice horsebrass Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Great Race, Fast Course, Well Organised In full: Great race on a flat course - good pb potential very well organised. Only gripes - too few toilets & the mile markers weren't evenly spaced. I'll def. be back next year Date of review: February 12, 2006