In short: Pretty flat well organised half, but can be exposed to the elements In full: I have run this a few times a it's pretty well organised. More toilets this year which was great! Went off on time, marshalls were a bit lack lustre only a few being encouraging.Water and lucozade stops worked well. Medal and T-shirt in bag although only XL left by the time I finished...
Very,very expoxsed to the wind this year. Felt like running into a 20mph wind about 75% of the time. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: well organised, very friendly, In full: my second year at this race came in at 1hr 47mins - 11 mins better than last year, really enjoyed this race and good prep for flora london marathon Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised. 2nd lap was hillier! In full: I wanted a challenge before the marathon. That was it! Wow! Starting slowly to try and run the whole distance, I plodded happily for 15 1/2 miles. The first lap was much flatter than the second, but overall it wasn't too bad. Marshalls and water people were all very helpful and friendly, even with chocolates at 18 miles! Not too sure about the time, but a good guide that I need some more miles before London! Thanks all, a good run! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A lovely spring run with a few organisational hitches In full: Lovely, scenic, friendly but challenging run. Beautiful weather, the only disappointments were bad toilets and not enough water (inc. none at the end). But like Arnie, I'll be back! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Definitely worth a trip, but effort is needed to take the event up a level In full: Too few mile markers, no t-shirt-unless you bought one, and lack of refreshments post race. The race information sent out to runners was also poor. The map of the start and race route was another 'good with a pencil' types, so often favoured by race organisers. Good baggage area and well marshalled on the course, but in my second year of running, it strikes me that the more sponsorship available, the less the runner can expect. Will I be back ? Probably !
In short: no medal In full: I am one of the people who like the cheesy participant's medals you get at the end. This one said it was part of the momentos. It wasn't. Don't put it on Runners world if it isn't true! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised, good value, shame about the scenery In full: Very windy day, especially hard on the last 2 miles. You can not fault the organisation and the value for your entrance money. Goody bag contains a good quality medal and t-shirt and food to really help with your recovery. The scenery was a bit dull, but you have to expect that going round a race track. Knocked 15 minutes off my PB, so i'm well happy. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: My first ever 1/2 marathon- friendly atmosphere and well organised. In full: I was expecting to feel intimidated but Fleet half marathon was completely the opposite. Very friendly atmosphere and well marshalled. Thanks. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A quick run down to the river and back In full: I would echo the point about the distance .... this seemed a long 13.1 miles. I must have taken a very poor race line but my Garmin ended up charting 13.6 miles. I still managed a PB by more than 5 minutes.
I don't know why the organisers insist on focusing on the gun to chip time, rather than the chip to chip time. O.K., for the elites this will be the same, but for those of us starting further back the gun to chip time is no better than an estimate of your real performance.
Organisation was good. I would prefer to keep the tops on the lucozade pouches, as I carried one around with me for a lap and continued taking small sips. Without a lid I would have been drenched in sticky goo.
Finishing/starting area was o.k. A second place to get a coffee would be good ... the only one there ran out of coffee at around 10.20 !!! Only tea or choco available. Maybe someone should warn them that many runners would like a caffeine fix just before the start.
These are just comments for consideration. Overall, a great race. Date of review: March 20, 2006