In short: The taking of times needs to be sorted out especially if a big sports company is attaching their name In full: Enjoyed the race, there were lots of first timers/new runners there which is always refreshing to see. The marshalls were doing a good job - shame they were no warnings signs of runners on road for first few miles. Enjoyed it and will be back next year - if only to see that they have managed to sort out the bottleneck at the end of the race. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Surprisingly scenic. Reasonably flat. Fairly well organised. Good parking. In full: Definitely one of the nicer parts of MK, with lots of long flat stretches beside lakes, fields and even through a thatched chocolate-box village at the beginning (which was a surprise). Most of the route was on footpaths and cycleways away from busy roads, so traffic wasn't a big issue.
Lots of free Lucazade Sport helped justify the entry cost. Distributed at the beginning, end and two stations during the race.
Organisation was very good apart from a 15 minute session in a cattle pen at the end of the race whilst they recorded the time of each finisher. If they had just had a second pair of people recording the times, this situation would have been better (or better yet use timing chips). Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: OU is not at its best on a cold day! Plenty of parking ! In full: A few signs at the OU eg CAr Park this way would have helped the q! The race :forget V10 H9 & roundabouts not seen , the senic open water & the temple bit cold. Those who complain about TRAFFIC just do me in! The roads are not closed ONLY the police can hold the traffic! Most road races today suffer from this problem. The marshals must always make sure the runner is SAFE. Wht do runners leave the brains at home Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great first race for a novice! In full: I did the 15 miler! As I am doing the FLM next month and have never raced before I thought this would be a good taster!. It lived up to my expectations and more!( apart from the odd steep hill). I thought the event was incredibly organised having heard about all about the problems last year. My only critism would be is that there should have been a few portaloo's along route and the water stations could have been spread out more evenly!. I really benefited from the gel pack at mile 10/11 and also the moral support from the locals was emmense,just what I needed!.It has given the boost I needed to know I can complete the FLM in a decent time. I would definately run this race again, and revommend it to others especially novice racers! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: pleasant scenary and fairly flat course made for an enjoyable race. complimentary lucozade at stations around the course was a welcomed suprise (not to mention a well earnt treat). a good race only marred by the lack of organisatio at the race end. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: If the weather had beena bit milder and clearer the views on the coast would have been great In full: The weather was cold with very strong winds. I take my hat off to the marshalls who must have been freezing. They stuck to their post and kept encouraging and motivating. Thank you all Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well organised half, but with some traffic issues In full: Ok the good things first! Lucozade bedore after and at every drink station was great. Most of the marshalls were friendly enough and for the most part did a good job. Great use of OU campus for ample parking and good toilet changing facilites. Great Medal.
Ok now the few bad things. The race is advertised as completely flat. It isn't although to be fair the undulations although frequent are minor. Worse though was the marshalls at some of the junctions didn;t really have controlled of the traffic and at some points you were fighting a stream of cars.
On the whole though it was well organised but I wouldn't make the 200 mile round trip again. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: OK race. Hills not as bad as expected. Great support In full: As others have said, the organisation was not great but that was not helped by the large field (too big?). However, the marshalling was very good and it was very well supported. BTW: the water at the end was on a stall opposite to where they were serving the hot drinks!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Indifferent marshalls, too much traffic on course but better scenery than I expected In full: After Wokingham's cheering friendly marshalls in the pouring rain last month, I was very let down by the marshalls in this race. With a few notable exceptions, they were grumpy and indifferent. To top it off, the marshall at the 13-mile marker (yes, 100 yards from the end and within seconds of achieving a pb!) tried to get me to STOP SO THAT A CAR COULD GET THROUGH!! I was gobsmacked and told him to P!$$ off! Not impressed with the bottleneck in the freezing cold at the end and won't be doing this one again. Only highlights were that MK is much more scenic than I expected and all the Lucozade was great. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: "Tough Course" In full: Excellent Race even though i was 2nd to last! At least i can say i did it! The mud was bad on the fields though i was going to loose a shoe. The view was rewarding at the top of the cloud. Go one give it a go! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Good fun in a good cause. No PB potential really as couple of hills in 1st half put paid to me but I'd do it again in the hope the temperature crawls above 2C next time! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Wow - again - if you get the chance DO it - I love this race - my fave half - and second pb on this course! In full: There are no two ways about it the hills are deffinetly challenging - but boy oh boy do the down hills make up for it! As always the atmosphere is outstanding - the nearest to the carnival atmosphere of FLM that I've experienced in a half -the marshalling /event organisation is excellent - I'm just going to have to find somewhere to store lots of horse brasses( unique medal) cos I'm definetly going to back to this one year after year - it's the kind of race that leaves you feeling extatic - pb helps of course :-) Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Well organised race on a freezing cold day In full: +s - Well organised - Entirely off road - no angry drivers to contend with - Chip timing for true accuracy - Nice medal - Good photography - Friendly miz of runners. Evidently some very good people but also a nice number of less high achievers (like me!) - No hills!
-s - Cold weather and the wind seem to whip across the airfield - Two laps of the circuit and not a particularly interesting one - Not much in the way of an atmosphere and the marshalls didn't do much to compensate by cheering you on either... Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Great run In full: Did this one last year and came back because I am a gluton for punishment!! Pretty cold today running through sprinklings of snow forgot how hilly it was but maybe that was a good thing. . .Well organised and will certainly be back next year. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Fantastic Support all way round the course. Would definitely do it again In full: Before the race I was very nervous about the hills and weather. But the hills were not too bad especially as they were in the first half of the race and the sun came out just as we started. The crowd all way round were fantastic, cheering, playing music and were a great help in getting me up the hills.
This was a PB for me but it may be more to do with this being my third half marathon and and the fact I am a slow runner.
Would recommend to anyone! Date of review: March 12, 2006