In short: Good, fast course. Organisation a little bit ropey In full: A good course. Although there a fair few hills by the end I had blotted out any up hill slogs and could remember sprinting madly down hills. It seemed a very fast course and I smashed my pb by 6 min. Thought start and finish was a bit of a fiasco. Far too congested for the number of runners and spectators. Also there didn't seem to be any warnings that there was about to be a water station. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Excellent yearly event and good fish ands chips In full: The event on a whole is well managed and very well support, also the weather is year was good so I am sure there is a lot of runners will have good finishing times Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: A fun, challenging course with great support, but poor start/finish organisation In full: I really enjoyed the run itself, and the hills were not as bad as I thought they were going to be, mostly long and steady inclines that you can keep plodding up rather than really steep ones that turn your legs to jelly. The downhills were a good reward, and the course profile posted on the internet is a really useful tool for planning your race if you haven't done it before.
Lots of noisy crowd support, especially people at the top of the hill, which I always find really helps.
The only downside was the start/finish. The hairpin turn straight after the start means that there is a lot of stopping and starting even once you have crossed the line, and the course twists and turns very sharply a couple of times in the first mile which doesn't allow enough spreading out to get round corners without bumping into people. I think that a funnel is needed to thin people out before the start to ensure that everyone takes longer to get to the line but can run once they are over the line.
The finish also seemed a bit disorganised, with too many people milling around and bunching up very close to the finish line.
However, it is really fun once you get onto the course itself, and defeating the hills gives you a real sense of achievement. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Brilliant race,atmosphere,weather and fish & chips!! In full: I enjoyed every minute from start to finish, well organized, very friendly and helpful marshalls. For a half marathon the support was superb, the best I have seen for a half. Shame about the hills!! Queensway.....see you next year. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable In full: As with others, having read previous reviews of the race on this site - I was dreading it! However, the hills were not as bad as expected and the seemingly never ending laps weren't as dull as they could have been. The marshalls were excellent and really added to my enjoyment of the race. Excellent preparation for the FLM. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Excellent organsation and what a crowd! In full: This is my home 1/2 marathon, which I have been training for the past year for. I was told it was good but it was fantastic! Well organised, great crowd support all round, nice unique momento - will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: My first 20 mile race and ideal training for a marathon In full: Although the prospect of running 4 laps seemed tedious in actual fact it was much better than I thought it would be. An event I would recommend and enter in again myself. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: A decent race - and I got a personal best - which I'd been told wasn't difficult in this race. Well organised though and despite the mini blizzard at the start . the spectators were out in force... Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Some very scary traffic particularly in the last few miles. In full: Good venue and well organised. The traffic can be a bit worrying with fast cars in country lanes and then streams of Sunday traffic on the main roads towards the end. You have to be careful and there are no marshalls on those bits. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Nice run, potential to be alot nicer though, if the weather played ball In full: Run was pretty much ups and downs most of the way round, nothing too terrible though, and there were invariably nice long gentle descents in pleasant scenery to compensate afterwards.
Only real downers for me were; it was a bit quiet at the back (not that many spectators or competitors) and although it wasn't wet, the weather wasn't as nice as it could have been.
I'll almost certainly be back next year, as hopefully in 2007 it will not clash with MK 1/2 (so more runners) and fingers crossed, the weather might be nicer :-)
Should also say well done and thanks to the marshalls for doing a good job, when it must have been more than a bit chilly standing around out there today! Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Beat PB by 7 minutes - so not complaining! In full: Well organised, bloody cold, usual March stuff. Could do with a couple more water stations and the traffic occasionally gets on you nerves - but otherwise well marshalled, well supported and my kids loved getting a medal for the fun run. Nice of Sir Trevor to turn up as well and sign a few shirts!! Date of review: March 13, 2006