In short: OOwww!!! Wasn't fit enough and carrying too much post-christmas flab meant a PW by over 15mins for 1/2M and 25mins for this course. But that a reflection on me not the course. Do it!! In full: Let myself down in not preparing enough beforehand. Excellent organisation, and split start prevented the bunching prior to exiting the park. Residents of Cassibury need to be a bit more "chill" about waiting for the runners to pass. Marshalls everywhere. And again a big thank you. A favourite of mine although I'll need to be a bit more respectful of this distance in future. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Excellent race and very well marshalled. In full: Surprisingly got my PB on this race, but I know the course and when the hills were coming. Wouldn't have thought it good for a first half marathoner but the support was really motivating. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Hilly, but enjoyable In full: Suprisingly pleasant course (despite the hills), and extremely well organized and marshalled. Was a bit taken aback by the "mens changing" also being the venue of what appeared to be a church fete. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Far tougher than I had expected. The long gradual haul at aound 12 miles, although npt steep, was unexpected and hurt.. I will pay more attention to the contour map next time. In full: Could do with bottled water, as they do at the Stevenage HM. Spilt most of mine. Good job it wasn't a hot day.
Still mamanged a PB, totally remarkable on a course like that. The road was so muddy for the second half that it felt more like a x/c. My new trainers are ruined! Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: well organised In full: Plently of parking space available with toilets close by which had no queues. tannoy announcements and time bands at the beginning which was well organised. It was a fairly flat course which a few slight inclines but overall very well organised and enjoyable. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Great course-great all-round half. In full: First time I've run it.I particularly enjoyed the excellent organisation(e.g. 2 separate starts,great marshalling,isotonic drinks at the end)and the testing,varied course-the hills make it much more of a challenge.Unless you're new to racing,I would forget about PB's,but they can come later.I agree that the final water station was too soon after the 2nd,and the final 2-3 (flat)miles seemed rather an anti-climax.Overall,my first impressions were of an excellent half-marathon-very well organised,great course,friendly atmosphere and depth throughout the field.Recommended. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Mostly flat, too many cars & not enough marshalls In full: Though there were lots of marshalls at the beginning and end there were none at all down Exmouth high street - Rolle St - just traffic and the pavement was closed! At the end one marshall gave us wrong information so we had to cross the road twice! Don't bother about there not being any medium T shirts - there were only large left for us really slow ones - and no date on it. Still, a pb for me...and it didn't rain. Date of review: February 7, 2005