In short: Nice course but finish was appalling. In full: The last thing you want to do at the end of a race in the cold is wait around for 20min to be processed. Good to have lucozade around the course. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: nice route with a wee hill a few miles in to cheer you up. Very friendly, thanks Alan! In full: weather could have been better but at least it wasn't snowing like it was everywhere else in Scotland today!!! You could call Inverness the riviera of the north...... very friendly race not too cliquey.. at the back anyway!!!! Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Amazed at how nice Milton Keynes is but organisation at the end a let down. In full: Lets not forget this is a pretty big half marathon and the start definitely felt like a big event, freebies from Lucozade plenty of portaloos etc.
The end though was exceptionally diisorganised, I had to stand for around ten minutes in the funnel before I could get my medal.
Overall though it is one I would do again, only if the weather was better, as contrary to all expectations it does make MK seem quite a picturesque place. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Cold but fast In full: start was a little chaotic and would have benefitted from banding. A little difficult to overtake in the first four miles, as it got quite 'busy' on the narrower paths. Main disappointment was the finish, queuing for nine minutes in the cold to get a medal wasn't nice. However, very flat course and achieved p.b. by five minutes. Marshals all very friendly. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: I did the 15 miles In full: Lack of marshalls, ran out of water at water stations, no porto-loos on the route, distance markers were confusing, advertised as "traffic free" I had to dive into a ditch to avoid a transit van. There were many cars, vans and even a milk tanker on the route. I appreciate I was at the back and it was cold, but 3 out of 4 of the last marshall stations were unmanned. If it wasn't for the people in the local village I would have ran the wrong way. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Next to London this is the one to go for - fantastic crowd support In full: Cold but even the sun turned up. The crowds are incredible around most of the route - what is it that brings so many people out for this race compared to, say, Brighton? What ever it is I hope it continues as the support you get is superb.
Great race, managed a PB as well so very happy!
Many thanks to the organisers. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: A nice race but lots of room for improvement In full: The route was pleasant but a bit too bumpy around the cyclepaths - unfortunately the start and finish could have been a lot better: banding at the start and an organised finish would have improved the race immensely. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Lots of lovely hills In full: The organisation at the start of the race left alot to be desired. There were not enough toilets, the bag drop off and changing area was ridicuosly small and access to the start of the race was hampered by too many spectators behind the starting line. The finish area was a mess, after the race the one refreshment tent only served tea, no water, and was situated far too close to the finishing line.
The race itself was terrific, the marshalling was superb and the course was chalenging. It was one of the friendliest races I've ever taken part in and would definatly do it again, although I would hope the organisation at the start finish area would be better. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Far better organisation than last year. In full: A new venue and as far as I could see no big hold ups or hicups. Slight fumble at the start when Rosemary Connelly was doing her wasm up and the start whistle went off so everyone had to sprint to the start. Some killer hills amd narrow roads which made it hard to over take people.
In short: Decent event, spoiled by the chaotic finish In full: Decent course, reasonably scenic for Milton Keynes, great sports drinks, well-marshalled and well supported. I have never though had to finish short of the finishing line to join a queue for 15 minutes waiting for a grumpy guy to take my number. And was I the only one who's Garmin showed all the mile markers out and the course 13.27 miles long? I didn't expect this with Nike. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: What a superb race... In full: Organisation was superb, parking was good, annoucements you can hear, I found the course tough, but thats what I need but no PB for me at 1hr 59mins. As someones already said the crowd support could easily rival London and that was superb, nice that the roads were shut off. Was worth the 200 mile round trip from Southampton. Well done to all involved an absolutely brilliant race. Well done Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Definite pre marathon run that will make the marathon seem a doddle In full: Not done this one before but would recommend to do as part of a spring marathon plan. Its a tough 4 lap course with quite a lot of hills. Very well organised and friendly runners and marshalls make it worthwhile. Plus you get a nice medal and goodie bag at the end for all your efforts. The laps are quite borins scenic wise and by the time you have passed the high street and the station for the 3rd time you are really wanting it all to end. The hill at the end of each 5 mile lap always gets you as well, especially from about mile 18 onwards...be prepared. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Top event! In full: A very good course. Very well organised and marshalled. Results up on the board before I left the sports hall! A fast course with a few slight hills but for every uphill there is a down hill. Started to snow a little and the wind picked up but was still able to finish in a 1hr 44min. Excellent start point and finish area with something for the whole family. A must do for the future. I'll be back for more. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Excellent race, pleasant undulating fast course. In full: Excellent event, although some fairly busy roads and a nasty uphill stretch before the finish, the misery of which is compounded by the battle with the traffic. Overall I would rate it as one of the best half marathons I've done. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Not lightening quick; gently undulating the whole way but still worthwhile. In full: Not as flat as some I've run due to the footbridges and underpasses a little isolated in places with little support, even the marshalls were quiet - maybe that was due to the temperature. Good to see water and Lucozade available, I like to have a choice. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: An absolute gem of a run,flat as a pancake In full: A slightly crowded start, Mile markers a touch off but nothing to get upset about friendly folk all the way round and helpful , encouraging marshalls, and a good flat finish along the seafront. Date of review: March 12, 2006
In short: Was surprised by the hills at first noly done 2 10ks and they were both flat, but once i got my head round it i was fine. New straight away that i may not beat my personal best, but overall a good experience. Date of review: March 12, 2006