In short: Excellent-scenery,organisation,course are all first class. In full: Without doubt,this is one of the best halfs around.Superb organisation,beautiful scenery and great attention to detail.Yesterday was hot!but on a cooler day,the course has definite PB potential (I set my 2nd and 3rd fastest times ever here,in 1998 and 2003).Fortunately,the water and sponge stations were plentiful and well-stocked.Other plusses-exceptionally good medal,very positive and friendly atmosphere-thanks to all the marshalls,PA announcer,supporters,first aiders etc;plenty of nearby car parking.I first ran this race in 1996 and have seen it grow into one of the very best races around. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: enjoyed the run,a little to short though In full: overall i enjoyed the run, running on sand was a lot more difficult than i imagined, great hurdles, race was cut short unfortunately, would definately do it again Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable day In full: Tricky hills (especially second time around!) Lovely scenic route once the hills were over and done with. A well organised event. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: This would be my race of chloice for a yearly pb attempt In full: I much prefer this race to Abbey Dash, why? 1) location, a lovely route and special finish in the castle grounds. 2)Seeding for different pace runners, means as a female sub 40 minute 10k you are not swamped and held up at the start. 3) Traffic free- well marshalled and policed, the city of Lincoln are making a great effort to make this the top 10k in the country, I commend them for this. 4) Crowd support is excellent 5)A range of differnet races attached, including wheelchairs mean an inclusive approach. 6)quick with the on line results and photographs after the race.
Yes I didn't experience the toilets and wasn't distracted by the innacuracy of the 9k marker as I have run the race before. No I love this race.
In short: Rural, flat, fast and well-organised In full: Very enjoyable race. Organisation was really excellent, with easy parking, good marshalling and some nice touches like a well-designed award mug, a cake sale, plenty of changing and toilet facilities and even instant memento photographs. The only glitch was the clock at the end wasn't working, I think because the starter was a bit too keen to get us away. Official race times in the results were spot on though. Course was largely flat but not quite car-free, so occasionally have to run on the cambered side of the road - no real problem. Nice rural scenery.
In short: Excellent race but killer hills In full: Very well organised, friendly atmosphere. The start was a bit narrow but there weren't too many people to cause a problem. It's fairly hilly but still a quick course. I'll definitely do it again. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Nice run but poorly organised In full: I felt the organisation was appalling for this race. The ladies toilets weren't fully opened until about 15 minutes before the race. The marshalls made very little attempt if any to stop traffic for us to cross the road. Also there were insufficient water stations, especially given the high temperatures yesterday. All in all very poor! Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Good race let down by the late start In full: The only thing that lets the race down is the late start. There's a very good atmosphere, the finish is well organised and the goody bag has all the right stuff, but why can't we let late comers start late? They have a chip after all. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: First Half marathon In full: Training for the London marathon - great to experience the start, finish and running with a crowd. Massive queues to get on the allocated buses so I was pleased I left enough time prior to the start. However we started slightly later to allow for those probably still stuck in the bus queue. Enjoyed my first half marathon though. Date of review: April 4, 2005