In short: A great and well organised race. However, I was surprised that there were only 2 ladies toilets for such a big event. This resulted in a huge queue and I was worried to miss the start... They should have provided portaloos. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Quicker than expected, good atmosphere, spectator friendly. In full: I was surprised how quick it was - could be because of the generally good standard of runners. My family were pleased with the reasonably priced tea and cakes whilst waiting for me to finish. The slight hill at the end is a bit of a killer. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: What a great race In full: Not as tough as I thought it might be but what a great race / event. The start was a bit weird and I'm not sure why we all went in from the front and not the back but was we got started I guess it didn't matter. Couldn't understand why people were avoiding the mud early on - going through the middle was actually easier and quicker. Well most of the time - I came a bit of a cropper trying the same at the start of the Wetlands but it is all part of the fun.
Access to showers at the end was very welcome particularly as I was staying in a hotel. I would have loved to have seen there faces if I had turned up as I was. Binned my socks and shorts at the end and am still trying to get the mud out of my running top.
Looking forward to next year. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Great race: well organised, fast, friendly, fun and great scenery. un and In full: This was my first Half Marathon and surpassed my expectations. I finished about 15 minutes quicker than I had hoped for;I really enjoyed the scenery; the real range of abilities was great - it really put me at ease; the chip timing was excellent, especially given I started well toward the back of the field, and the atmosphere was great too, friendly and welcoming without being smothery. I definitely want to be back there next year!! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: lovely sunday morning country run! In full: be weary of the gradual hill at about 8miles goes on for over a mile so watch it if your wanting that quick finish! Date of review: October 24, 2005
In short: most challenging race I've experienced, not to be mised In full: I had been warned...and the stagger lived up to its reputation as one of the most challenging races around. However I would recommend it to anyone looking for a real challenge. Make sure you book the following day off work..... Date of review: October 24, 2005
In short: Brilliant fun and wonderfully hard In full: Loads of fun (although at times I didn't think so) and a great laugh. Spend the next two days trying to get mud off yourself/clothes/trainers etc and the aches out of your body, but feeling very chuffed about it. Will do again. Really interesting not having any idea of how far you had left to go. Excellent support from people along the way - some real encouragement to be picked up (and it was needed). Date of review: October 24, 2005
In short: Nice rural course - hills a bit of a challenge but could be worse In full: This was my third marathon in a row after the city races of Bristol and Cardiff so a nice change to get out into the country. Was a bit worried about the hills after seeing the elevation chart but although a big difference from the flatness of Cardiff did not think they were as bad as coul dhave benn except the last bit towards the end but after that the downhill to the finish meant that I actually was nearly a minute faster than Cardiff. Traveling to the race and parking (Wroughton Park and Ride ) was about the best I 've done but the start area was a bit congested and the fair rides didn't help. Being nearly flattened by a runaway horse however is something you can't plan for in training and overall this is a good race which deserves a bigger profile Date of review: October 24, 2005