In short: 400 runners and chip timing! In full: Drink stations were good with a choice of lucozade and water. Start was very busy and could have benefitted from expected pace start gates. Most marshalls were good, although in one or two places there were none. The finish is the most problematic with long waits for a medal and a drink in the cold. If race had chip timing it would sort a lot of the problems out. But still i had a good fast race and will be back next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Lovelly low key event in beautiful setting In full: For £5 you get a lovelly run which suits all abilities. I did not miss the water stop as personally the offer of a cup of cold water in the cold conditions would have been ignored anyway! I actually ran a PB although the course does not lend itself to great times. The fact that there was a good range of abilities enabled me to push myself harder so I found it a good training run for the Bath half marathon next week. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Sharp race with very promising pb capability In full: An extremely enjoyable half marathon with a fantastic pb capability. Portions of the course were very scenic, portions not, but 13miles is a long way to find perfection! Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable race and a definate permanent ficture on my future race diary Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Quick course - definite PB potential In full: Having read some of the other reviews I can understand the frustrations at having to wait in a queue to finish. My major gripe about this race was that for a race of this size with such a high profile sponsor I would have expected chip timing. This would have totally negated the need for all the queues at the end. Fortunately I finished early enough to miss these problems. The course was not as flat as I was led to believe and had numerous sharp turns but still turned out to be surprisingly quick making it definite PB potential (I knocked nearly six minutes off my PB). This was also quite a picturesque course - not what I was expecting in Milton Keynes! and 90% traffic free. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: I love hills!? In full: Hilly! especially for the 15 miles! was caught out like a fair few by the quick start, but only real problem was as the 15 mile started 15 mins after the 10k, being a reasonably quick runner there were problems in passing several hundred 10k runners and walkers on a long narrow stretch of road (lot's of apologies on both sides!). Really enjoyed the event though, and especially the overwhelming support of the naseby villagers after 12 miles! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fantastic organisation, tough-ish course, good prep for any spring marathon In full: Enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting. The organisation seemed to work like clock-work and all the stewards were friendly and smiley. Some definite hills (which were compensated by down stretches too), which became tough the third and fourth time, so it didn't feel like a walk in the park, but the lap structure broke up the distance nicely into manageable chunks. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great warm-up race for the London Marathon In full: 4 laps of 5 miles. 2 water stops on each lap. Easy to read mile markers. Plenty of parking. Lack of toilet facility before start, i.e. a small number for the number of competitors. Very well marshalled througout the course. All the course is on roads, but there are some fields to look at through some of the sections. Basically, it was a good race that was well organised. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Very good race, only problem was the finish In full: Very well organised event, only let down by the number collecting at the end as pointed out by so many others. Sort this out and a good event Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: fantastic race, shame about the organisation In full: had a great time, wonderful supporters, hills not as bad as i thought they would be !. it was really good to run with so many others, at the back of the pack ! with a large number of my pace of runners it made a real change, and was nice to pick a few off along the way, even though I struggled from mile 5 with hip pain.
On the downside, the changing facilities left a lot to be desired, there was no water at the finish (very bad) and the congestion at the start was badly managed.
but it won't stop me doing it next year !
thanks to the marshalls and supporters, they were fab Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fast course with definite pb potential, let down by poor organisation at start and finish. GPS measured 13.30 miles, In full: This is a relatively flat course which had some great potential for fast times (took 6 minutes off pb). The race was let down by poor marshalling at start, with such a big field it needed sectioned starts for different paces. Route was nice and enjoyed the running. Marshalls out on course were a bit indifferent, kind of expect a bit more support. Liked the Lucozade support. Marshaling at finish was appalling. GPS measured the distance at 13.30 miles, two other runners finishing with me both had the distance at 13.28 miles. Expected better from such a big event, considering Nike sponsorship. Given price of entry, where was the goody bag? Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: the hills In full: what a great race,all the runners where frindly,the atmosphere was great,i did the great south last year are there was no atmosphere at that,this was great,thank you to you all, Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Pleasant run,well organised,quite flat. In full: First couple of miles all down hill which could lull you into early burn out but other wise very nice trainer for the Marathon. Well supported and marshalled given the lenght of the route. Enjoyed it. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great crowd support and a friendly atomsphere. Organisation at start and finish could've been better... In full: Some long inclines, but nothing horrendously steep and a great last 2 or 3 miles along the shoreline. PB potential if you can take advantage of the long gentle downhill stretches in the second half!
The race itself was marshalled well, but the start was a bit of a shambles. Inadequate storage facilities and not enough control at the starting area: fast runners, slow runners and spectators milling about randomly and no clear path from bag drop to start line. No water at the end either which was disappointing. If the organisation at start and finish had been better this would have been a great race. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Nice course but finish was appalling. In full: The last thing you want to do at the end of a race in the cold is wait around for 20min to be processed. Good to have lucozade around the course. Date of review: March 12, 2006