In short: Need to get start more orgainised. Increased toilet facilities are an absolute neccessity!! In full: The route presents a challenge for the beginer. A great feeling of achievement when completed! Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: well worth running, good value and the few climbs are nothing to be concerned about.. In full: The only downside are the start and finish areas, sort these out and it could bring the race up another level... Decent running surface, decent T-shirt and excellent running weather.Well done B.A.C. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Extremely well organised, fantastic views. In full: Probably my last race before the festive season. First time and I loved it. Afraid the first hill took a lot out of me and while there was a lot of fast downhill, my legs had gone! Should be a twice yearly event as would like to run again when in London marathon training. Great organisation, would have been nice to have a medal to remember today by! Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: A very average race, with no redeeming features, poor organisation In full: A poor area to start and finish from, not much organisation and few signs directing you, start too tight and finish even tighter ! no where for spectators to watch finish properly. Of all races this year this is probably the most disliked. Saying that once your out of the town countryside isn't bad ! Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: A must for the begginer to the life long runner. In full: with a lovely flat course and lovely scenery,the cheddar half is well worth doing,plus being well organised by cheddar running club (who also lay on a fantastic arrangement of cakes and refreshments)this race will be the first I will putting in my racing calender for next year. And to top it all of today england beat the argies at football the aussies at rugby and i beat my pb by "6mins" 'what a great day' Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Not actually as tough as I expected ..... In full: ...... but then I expected it to be completely soddin brutal! The first mile is tough, but after that it's 5 miles basically downhill so there's time to coast and relax, on foot or bike, The 2 mile slog up Box Hill is hard, especially on the last lap, but not impossible.
Organisation is superb, absolutely flawless. The complete absence of mile markers is annoying the first time round, but after that you have picked up your own time checkpoints so it isn't really noticable. Water is limited - make sure you take some on the run or bike.
My cycling is pitiful - my split time on the bike was just about last in the entire field - but it was great overtaking lots of people on the final running leg and runners should definitely not let the bike element put them off taking part. Date of review: November 12, 2005
In short: Fantastic race, but don't tell too many people! In full: The Ilminster 10K is a real annual highlight fo me. The organisers are the friendliest and most enthusiastic I have come across, the marshalling is excellent, the course mildly challenging, the scenery great, and the groaning table with trophies just awesome. Add to this the fact they have a computer and printer on site and that you get the printed results, by position, time AND position in category just minutes after the prize giving...well what more could one want? Oh yes, and the results, in full, and in detail by category, on their website, together with a great photograph of the start, within, I think, just 36 hours. Other organisers could pay a visit and learn something at Ilminster. On the downside? Just this year, due to torrential rain, the finish had to be repositioned and was none too clear with several runners stopping and having to restart to run the final hundred meters. Overall, brilliant! Well done Ilminster Lions, once again. Date of review: November 12, 2005
In short: Fantastic day out in the Downs - my all time favourite - my 18th completion ! In full: Really surprised by the number of people doing this as their first marathon - what a great event to choose - though a tough one Date of review: November 12, 2005
In short: Steep hills & copious amounts of rain, mud & horse manure make for interesting running In full: Foul weather, brutal but interesting course. Will return next year Date of review: November 11, 2005
In short: Needs attention In full: The stewards were poor hence leaders (followed by rest of field )went wrong way at Mewsbrooks so markers became pointless. Did PB but did we do 10k? Will try again next year as course should have been excellent Date of review: November 11, 2005