In short: A good test for the London marathon In full: I'd read mixed reviews of this race in previous years. But I think it's a good pre-marathon training race. If you can do 20 miles you feel a lot better about tackling the marathon. That's the main benefit of the race.
One point for future runners is that the 3 lap course involves a short run around the campus, a longer first lap and then two shorter laps (which I didn't realise). Part of the race is on an A road, but it didn't affect my running.
The marshalls did a great job on an absolutely freezing day and the organisation was good (Chariots of Fire was playing on the stereo at the drinks station!). The free massage at the end was great too. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great pre-London marathon training. In full: Having read the reviews of this race in previous years I wasn't expecting much. But the race was great. Four times round a five mile circuit let me know what I was in for in the final five miles which was crucial to me in my first twenty mile race.
The atmosphere in the club house was really friendly and this carried on into the race. Plenty of people to chat to all the way round and pretty much everybody was using this as a warm up to the London marathon.
It's not very scenic but there are some rural bits - though traffic was passing slowly on these parts.
The only thing that didn't work brilliantly was the second water station which was a bit slow.
In short: Well marshalled small race - ideal preparation for the big one In full: Easy to park, small race meant it was never crowded - in fact at times it felt i was all alone out there but with only a few hundred runners and 20 miles to cover you can expect that. Big thanks go out to the marshalls - that can't have been easy standing there for over 3 hours in that cold - it was freezing!! A few hills definitely made it undulating - but nothing too challenging. Three laps in total meant the leaders overtook me on their last mile whilst i still had another 6 to go!!! T-shirt but no medal at the finish. Worth doing if you are after a good training run in the build up to the marathon. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: My first Hastings Half, great race, great support, thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: This is a must each year for me now, really enjoyed it, well organised, and lots of support en-route. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well organised, great marshalls, nice course. In full: Started to snow on the way there, and decided to wear a hat for the race. But once we started it warmed up a treat. Mostly flat course, but the wind was a bit sharp on some of the more exposed parts of the course. One I've done before and will do again, despite it always being bitterly cold! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Hilly but really enjoyable In full: Good atmosphere especially at the start and finish. Course was particularly hilly in the first half but evened out after about 6km. Good organisation and nice to get a medal, tshirt and goody bag. Really enjoyed it! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A well organised race, very good training fro FLM In full: A slightly congested start, possibly due to the large field and a very tight turn shortly after the start. Extremeley well supported all along the route, much appreciated, especially after the hills. I always find the finish line a little hectic, perhaps it would be worth extending the finish area so that peole could get easier access to drinks. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A fast course but a bit "Mickey Mouse" In full: I did a PB here by 44 secs. I did a 125 mile round trip because the promise was flat and fast. OK, I got my PB so it was worth it BUT, it is flattish, but not flat. In my opinion, the Adidas Flora London (Silverstone) Half-Marathon is a faster course. MK being what it is, meant that there was a lot of going up over flyovers and down through sub-terrain walkways. Furthermore some of the corners were somewhat tight and twisty and there are short sections over grass where you are crossing from road to footpath.
My thoughts about the twisting and turning course brought me to the conclusion that the course was somewhat "Mickey Mouse". The start was not well organised - but I've seen worse. Sections where you could start depending on your intended finish time would be welcome. There were insufficient helpers on the drinks stations. In particular, the first Lucozade Sport station. I hadn't got time to stop and wait so I went thirsty. Fortunately, there was a water station about 1/2 mile later which I wasn't expecting :-)
On the positive side, I did get a PB here so it must be fairly fast. It was good to see Police at some junctions, and major junctions (but not all junctions) were marshalled. Parking was plentiful and near the start. I found the finish system OK, but maybe I arrived before the chaos described elsewhere. The Lucozade Sport was a welcome surprise. The medal was nice. Also, I saw parts of MK that I never knew existed which were rather scenic. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great fun, well organized In full: An inevitable PB as this was my first 1/2 marathon. Good atmosphere, fast start (beware the downhill first few miles). Bit of a hill at the end. Very enjoyable overall. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Some steep hills over the first part but overall thoroughly enjoyable In full: After I had entered the reviews of last years event came to my attention. However my worries were all cast aside very quickly. Arrived very early but needn't have worried. Tannoys pre race (10k) was well informative and the whole event was well organised. Started on time. Course was good apart from the bottleneck at the gate from the car park and the narrow stretch to the road. Despite the hills I will return all being well. Improved my Woburn time by best part of 2 minutes so I'm well chuffed. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Very Fast In full: As always a well organised race well supported by the locals. Took 90 seconds off of PB so obviously well chuffed. Looking forward to next year. Thanks to all involved in organising. Date of review: March 12, 2006