In short: The best and hardest race I've ever done In full: This was my first Grizzly. Having marshalled last year in the wind & rain and watched everyone still appearing to enjoy themselves (how?!) I needed to have my own experience!
Wow, I'm not sure that anything can really prepare you for how tough this is. So many changes of terrain from beach to bog, climbs and cliff-tops. The challenge, camaraderie, marshals, wine gums … made the whole experience the best I've had in my short(ish) running career. Can't wait to pick up the 2006 entry form at the Seaton half!
In short: A really good race. I was worried that the racing track would be boring but it wasn't at all. It's great to be in a completely traffic free route, and there's plenty of space for all runners, unlike some races in London. I highly recommend this race Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: Very, very good! In full: Well organised from start to finish. Nice to get a finishing pack without the usual pile of leaflets that I don't want! Very good day out. Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: An enjoyable day out In full: Very well organised - as expected. Would like to have seen/heard more spectators out on the course, although the music/commentary helped. May do it again next year, but not the atmosphere of a city/town centre half. Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: Well organised fast race in ideal conditions In full: Took 6 minutes off of PB so well chuffed. Good support from Marshalls and crowd around route. Only complaint, where was the start line? Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: Grossly expensive and bad value for money. Some aspects of this race are stuck in a time-warp. The toilet facilities are hopelessly inadequate. The drink stations are poorly manned and not big enough to cater for the number of runners using them. In full: Brentwood Rotary have only recently got aSEAA permit for this race. This forced them to improve the organisation of the run, and to provide extra facilities. Considering that they are charging £9 (affiliated) to enter this race (and that does not include a t-shirt, which is £9 EXTRA), you would think they would splash out on better facilities. Everything about this race looks like it was done on the cheap - poor toilet facilities, drink stations were badly run - in some cases you had to leave the race route in order to get water - it was not handed to you like in 'proper' races. I feel that the revenue extracted from the runners was the overriding factor here, this is a very expensive race (compared to other half-marathons), and is extremely bad value for money. That said, I cannot fault the organisation and enthusiasm of the many marshalls, who contributed to an enjoyable day for me and over 100 of my fellow club runners. We do resent the 'rip-off' nature of the run, and this may encourage us to do other runs next year, such as the Grizzly in Devon (£11 entry gets you a medal, goody bag and a t-shirt). Professional organisation, too!! Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: faster overall than Gt North - need to start faster than normal if you are a slow runner In full: I am slow but sure over this distance - there were very few runners like me - but I am encouraged to see if I can start a lot faster in the future -the people who marshalled or just looked on plus the other (faster) runners were so positive and encouraging that I came way determined to work at running better this season. Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: Great race, well organised, fantastic atmosphere In full: First time I have run this but to date the best half marathon I have done. Tough first half with the hills but fantastic atmosphere, great organisation - need to arrive early though as car parking is quite limited. Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: Set a p.b as much better course. Its better to have the climb part way through on Upper Parliament Street than after only 2 miles as it was in October as you are into your running by then. Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: Very friendly, well organsied and good weather though it did look like it was going to be miserable! Couple of hills which were quite testing on lap 2. Overall excellent. Date of review: March 16, 2005