In short: Well Run, Great Route, Brilliant Marshalls and fantastic tea and cakes at the end!! In full: Route was fab it had a few hills but the scenery was great, the marshalls were everywhere you want them to be during a very cold race, and the reception at the end was well worth the effort. Huge thank you for the marshalls who stayed put even when it was soooo cold!! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Windy and undulating In full: The wind was hideous - we can blame the local farmers for a lack of hedgerows that might have provided a modicum of shelter - but satisfying to get round. And i agree on the bag retrieval - first class Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Good event marred by mile marker problems, i.e. one was shorter ad another was longer than a mile and mile 9 marker not present. Worth doing though as it's fairly fast and has PB potential ! In full: Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: What can i say we are all human!!! and things do go wrong!!! In full: It is a shame that so many of you had a terrible time, I personally thought that it was not to bad, and the furthest I have ever run!!!!!! Runners who have been to races and had hot drinks before- please come forward and let me know!!! as that is a new one to me!!!! Any body wanting to run this in future years for fun or training for the LFM - it is like any other LONG DISTANCE!!! A LONG WAY!!!!
In short: Great race - if it was without the intense wind! In full: Like everyone - the steep section of the hill at mile 3 was quite unexpected! A great race good organisation and lots of friendly support. But......... I have never run in wind that strong and hope to never do it again! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: a WICKED course with a COOL surprise thrown in, a MUST do half In full: my VERY first half marathon,which i did in 1:58 a PB for me so i'm chuffed especially after reading other runners views of how hard this course is,does it mean other halfs are easier?i may be able to answer that after doing other Half's,well done 2organisers i will return next year Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: A tough race, but limited facilities. In full: This is a well organised race through some beautiful countryside. The course is very challenging and is not a good one if aiming for a pb. The only problems I had with this race today were the limited changing facilities, which are fine for local runners, but not for people who travel for over an hour to get there. Also, there were no facilities for spectators whilst the race was in progress, i.e. covered shelter. If the race wishes to grow and raise more money for charity, then it needs to think about giving the spectators somewhere covered and warm to congregate so that they wish to return each year. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Nice organisation, shame about the scenery and the hills In full: Can only agree with most posts - great organisation, easy to park, plenty of portaloos (which makes a change) and plenty of support at the finish. Downside, some stiff hills which make a PB v. difficult, but the course although traffic free is very dull.
Liked the idea of the finishing time indicators to at the start to encourage runners to think about their starting line position. Pity some chose not to use them and caused the equivalent of the truckers rolling road block for the quicker runners in the first 2km's where the paths were quite narrow. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Difficult 1st 5mile but good 2nd 5 In full: Hill after a mile and constant headwind made the 1st 5 quite a struggle but the 2nd 5 was much faster and plenty of downhill/flat stretches. 1st 10mile and disappointed not to crack 1.20 Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: hard hills and hail In full: This was my first 10k and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I got hit my a shower of hail as I reached one of the steepest hills! It seemed well organised and the views were great, even for someone that lives there. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Absolutely fabulous half marathon - everyone should do it!! In full: This has been my favourite half marathon to date. Great marshalls, nicely manned water stations, well thought out goody bag and a fantastic tee-shirt at the end.
The course was challenging (I've not done any cross country since leaving school!) - but I loved the whole thing.
This is a must do event for beginners to more experienced runners alike.
And, it was a real bargain to boot!! Date of review: February 26, 2006