In short: Excellent day out - shame about the weather! In full: Excellent organisation throughout. Sure getting in was a pain but with such a large field it's inevitable that access is going to be difficult.I suspect that many left it late to avoid hanging around in the biting cold wind.
Silverstone really is a potential PB course; no real hills to speak. Regrettably the weather took the edge off my run and I ended up 40 seconds off my PB when it all looked so good at 10 miles. The long drag up Hanger Straight and back to the pits area was particularly tough;with the wind full into the face for the last mile and a half it felt a very long run in.
Shame, but intend to go back next year . Marhalls were very good and the crowd support was much appreciated. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellent race - one of the best in the calendar In full: Very enjoyable course. Great support from the crowds. A bit busy at the beginning - maybe spread the start out a bit more. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: I thought i had done enough hill training, however 'my hills' were mole hills in comparison to that hill at 7.5 miles. Very enjoyable but challenging, well organised and pleasing to have the pre and post massages which did'nt have too long a queue. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very toughbut very good race, fantastic course with special scenery. Race organiser even knew my name at the finish by recognising my race number. Free post race massage, needed and very welcome. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Enjoyable but too hilly towards the end In full: Organisers kept saying it was a fast course but found it hard. First 5 - 6 miles must have been predominantly downhill as some of my split times were very fast but then latter half of the race seemed to be mainly uphill. Steep hill in last mile almost brought me to a standstill. Enjoyed but could do with chip timing in future - position in offical results can be a lot different from actual chip timed position depending on where you start. (40 places difference at Worksop) Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellent all round In full: Easy to find, well marshalled by friendly people, reasonably quiet roads, testing without being overly difficult, good pb potential as there are few 20s around, woould do this next year even if not on a marathon training plan (no not London!) Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Really well organised and superb, friendly marshalling. In full: What an absolutely brilliant race. The organisation was flawless and the marshalling was perfect. Amazing scenery and friendly support. So much food at the finish...well done Hogweeds. You really know how to put on a show!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: excellent race I will do again In full: Everything was really well organised for this race. The marshalls, first-aiders and police all knew what they were at and as far as I could tell everything went as clockwork. Plenty of drinks stations and good layout at the start and finish.
For anyone considering this race. Be aware that although the course is relatively flat there is one hill at mile 8 that is worth holding back for. It got a number of people this year. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellent organisation, great expereince. In full: First half-marathon after a nightmare Great North Run last year so didn’t know what to expect.
Excellent organisation, nice friendly atmosphere at the beginning, and able to run at own pace without having to dodge walkers early on.
Mile clocks an excellent touch that enabled me to keep to my pace. Only problem was the hill at 8 miles which I paid for later when cramping up at 11 miles preventing me from getting inside 2hrs. Still, finished in 2hrs 4 mins, well chuffed with that. Will definitely be back for more next year!
In short: "I'll be back", as Arnie would say. Organisation very good, other runners fantastic, nice and flat if you ignore the (slight) incline at about 8.5m. Definite PB potential. In full: Car-parking was very good and the shuttle bus was a big help. Organisation at the start was excellent and thanks to the RW pace makers a good steady pace is a real help. There was planty of support at the start, finish and in the middle but it was missing in the bits where the scenery wasn't so good! The finish was policed well and the Championchips were removed very swiftly. The only complaint is that it took me 25 mins to pick my bag up from the collection area. Goody bag was the best I've seen; best T-shirt, 2 drinks (water and sports) 2 energy bars, leaflets and a good, chunky medal. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great day with plenty of support from the public and other runners In full: This was my second half, and after my first experince decided to start near to the back, (also recommended in the information pack for slower runners). Although the course was quite hilly to start it wasn't long before i started to move my way up the field, chatting with other runners and having a great time. The last 5 miles were the quickest. A huge improvement on my first race spurring me on to try more! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: I would have liked a mini mars and a bottle of water at the end... In full: It was a bit disappointing to be met at the end with a plastic cup of squash, no food and no water to take away with us. However, I did enjoy the runand thought it was well organised (probably one of the best). Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised, friendly and reasonably fast In full: I found no problem with any of the signposting getting to the race (although I am relatively local so may have an advantage), and the km markers were all present and seemed correct - there were also yellow km marks painted on the road. As for a few others, I found it impossible to work out the exact point of the finish, but that's not my excuse for missing a PB by 5 seconds! Date of review: March 20, 2006