In short: A quick course with few undulations. Definate PB race, it was for me this year! In full: A good course with few problem areas. As a beginner who knocked nearly 15 mins off my PB, I would recommend it to anyone trying a half marathon for the first time. A bit bunched up at the start but with 2500 runners you never had the road to yourself. Glorious weather helped although I over dressed I think! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Three cheers for the Dumfries Running Club! A friendly, well-organised race. Very well marshalled with friendly supportive individuals. Bring it back next year please! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised event with good turnout - was it warmer than 2005 - NO! In full: This is a decent race over an undulating course. Weather was freezing but at least there was no snow! Wind chill must have been minus 10 but I enjoyed the country route all the same. Nasty trick as you head back to Wymondham - going round the roundabout, I thought I was catching the bloke in front! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Slightly muddled start, but a great friendly race!! In full: It wasn't made clear that the start was 10mins away from the main area, so some people were still trying to get to the start when the gun went off; generally a good flat course, good weather and friendly runners! Didn't do a PB but ran a great negative split! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: My first half-marathon, a great experience for an F1 fan. In full: Starting with such good organisation is going to spoil me for other races. Hit my target time so great to know if it had been less windy I could have beaten my target. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised race on a glorious day In full: Sadly my lack of training owing to injury meant that a pb was never on the cards, although I think this is probably the course to do it. Anyway, a great race through pleasant enough scenery although the unsuprisind warmth caught me out. Not that I can blame anyone for that. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A very well organised run with good PB Potential In full: This was only my second half marathon and thought that the organisation was excellent. Had been advised to get there early and seemed to time this quite well. Plenty of toilet facilities was great, with minimal queing, (if at all) and plenty of areas in which to get ready.
The novelty of running round the race track was great, but this does lead to dull scenery and a lack of spectators other than at the main stand areas. Marshalling was great as was the number of drinks stations.
The windy weather is beyond the control of the organisers, but on a less blustery day, PB potential on a flat course has got to e good.
The Goody bag, for me, was good despite ending up with a XL t shirt for my 75kg frame!. Perhaps I missed the sizing guides at the end.
All in all a great day out made better from reaching a new PB by a couple of minutes, despite the wind in along the Hangar Straight doing it's best to blow me backwards!.
I will give it another go next year. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A lovely location and route: highly recommended In full: Despite undulations and a few sharp turns, this picturesque race was uncannily fast. The whole thing was well organised, and generally full of delight. One very minor gripe is that the finish funnel was too short and this led to a bit of a muddle about exact placings - but this really wasn't a big deal. I'd have no hesitation in recommending this race to anyone. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great first Half marathon experience In full: My first half marathon and thourghly enjoyed it. A little windy but hey cant control the weather. Thanks to the 9 min mile pacer from RW who kept me on pace the whole way and even crossed the wole track to come and encourahe me when an old injury started to play up in the 13 mile. Will be back next year to lose 2 min and finish sub 2 hours. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A good first race. More hills than I expected. Used the race as part of my beginners marathon preparation. I was pleased with my time & that I had managed to run up all the hills. It was a shame there weren't many slow runners to keep me company! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: great race In full: so far this year this has been the best race ive beem to ,if you,ve never run a 20 mile race before and fancy doing one you can,t go wrong with this one,it was great , will be back next year Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A nice course with another PB to redeem the poor start In full: Turned away from a 'full' carpark which clearly had spaces. Long queue for toilet resulted in a sprint for the start! However, a nice course with shelter from the wind and fantastic marshalling. Last year the hills seemed like mountains, this year molehills! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Superb race and organisatiom In full: Excellent course and race organisation. Only gripe was the shuttle bus back into town took forever and I missed my train home. Special thanks to Asmatic Gareth and Caroline(?) for dragging me along with them and the RW 9 min mile pacer! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great preparation for FLM In full: The organisation was great and as the course was quite flat, it makes it ideal for a first half-marathon. The volunteers and the few supporters that were there tried their best to cheer on the runners, even the ones like me who were at the back - I very much appreciated their efforts. More atmosphere came from the fun runners who made the miles easier to bear. However, I do not understand why this is labeled a London Half-Marathon if it is 70miles outside London??? It would have been nice if some warm places to sit had been made available as a lot of runners traveled to Silverstone by bus and were there at least 2h before start and had to bridge the time sitting on the floor in a cold garage to protect themselves from the chilling wind. Overall, I enjoyed it though and it's excellent preparation for the FLM. Date of review: March 20, 2006