In short: Great views on route and lots of cheers In full: My first half marathon which I found tough going. The loose horse at 2-3 miles was a bit scary! I was in bits at the end but glad I entered and even more pleased I finished!! Great marshalls and water stations, thank you all so much. I would get rid of the fun fair at the start/finish next year though. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great venue - terrible logistics for drivers exiting the event... In full: Leeds Castle never fails to dissapoint each time I visit and this morning was no exception. However, I would suggest more toilets to keep queues down to a minimum; make the announcer louder to hear as many talked over the minute silence; and get marshalls for directing exiting cars sorted. We spent near on an hour waiting to leave which was very annoying as the organisers knew there were 1,500 runners and with one exit! Further exits were opened up after but a bit too late for some! Good opportunity for 10k newbies to start on one of these as there is no pressure to keep up with those at the front. The mixture of terrain kept it interesting too. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Nice run through scenic woods, quite slippery in places, very limited places for good spectating. Killer hill to finish. Good goody bag. In full: V nice cross country course with nice scenic countryside. Quite muddy and slippery in places so proper off road shoes would have been better. Not great PB potential.
Things to improve:
More loos, as usual; 14 for 1000 plus runners???, at least there was no shortage of foliage. Some more distance markers especially over the last hill, (which was a killer); it was difficult to know how much to hold back or not. When you got to the top there was the finish which you could hear but not see. This was really not great for spectators. It would be nice to have a bit of distance upto the finish line as there was no real home straight for people to watch out for friends/family. By the time you had rounded the last bend you are virtually over the line and as result my children missed my finish completely. I missed them as I was a bit out of it from last hill climb!
Criticism aside an enjoyable race and I would do it again and it is for a very good cause Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Excellent for a PB! In full: I found this to be very well organised. Nice and flat - great for a PB. Excellent finish, friendly marshalls. Nicely put togethor. It had the lot, Tea/coffee, changing, lockers, showers, large car park. Nice medal - Ten out of Ten. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great run for the pb! Friendly marshalls, well organised & stadium finish! I wouold say that I loved it but my feet are still too sore! Many thanks to all volunteers involved. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: One that must go in everyone's diary In full: Pure pain, but pure enjoyment. Forget about your normal 10km times, and just enjoy the run in the best scenery in the world [and a sewage farm to boot!!] Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: GPS measured the course as long by 400m. Good race, killer hill to finish! In full: Warm up was pretty week, 3 mins long and well over 10 mins before race kicked off. Better off doing your own thing. Water satation could be better organised, more prefilled cups and people to hand them out. In the last km it would be worth indicating 500m, 200m, 100m to go as when you turn the corner there is almost nothing left for the sprint. I think the usual problem existed with topilet facilties, the nearby bushes and trees got a thorough watering. Goodie bag quite decent, but medal is identical to the ones my kids get at sports day (i.e. seriously cheap) This is a good run, although not the best value around
In short: superb course, great support and organisation - and what better place for your family and friends to see you than THAT stadium!! In full: Great wide street to start which is much better than last year. going from city centre with great support out onto the dockland area looking out to sea and then back to the city and parkland areas. water and energy drinks in good locations and plentyful supply and marshalls were great giving plenty of support - theres not many marathons where you get to run through ancient castle grounds AND finish at one of the worlds great stadiums. a superb race and will hopefully be back next year to have a good crack at new pb - if your thinking of running a marathon for the first time, i don't think many could be more friendly, flat or as exhilarating as this...that stadium finish is simply awesome. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Like running through a ploughed field! In full: Nice atmosphere, not enough loo's - but there never are! Found the terrain tough going with all the mud, nearly took a tumble a few times,and felt something 'go' in my foot at 6k so was pretty much hobbling to the end. So to be faced with that hill at the end was just pure torture! Would do it again just for the scenery, beautiful woodlands and the sun shining made it a glorious day for a run (and a hobble!) Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great first race In full: It is a splendid run with lots of interesting buildings/ monuments along the roads/ paths to take away some of your attention whilst you are going through some of those grinding moments. One thing it seemed like it was all up hill! we managed to end up in the same place though Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, nice goodie bag but not enough facilities and some killer hills In full: This was only my third 10k but it was beautiful. The location is supberb although the hills were pretty nasty and I think all my city running has made me all soft :)
Goodie bag very respectable although who was it decided that we should all get some free handwash?
I'd definately do it again, I really enjoyed it and some tweaks to the organisation would make this a must do run. I'd particularly advise all city runners to get out into the country and do this one. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: My first ever Half Marathon! In full: Punishing hills for the first 6 miles, then a steep downhill which was also pretty tough on the legs. A steep climb through Liddington, then nice all the way back except for the last mile which was a long slow hill. Got interviewed by local radio on the way to the finish - lucky I didn't throw up! Feel amazing now!!! :-) Date of review: October 16, 2005