In short: Well organised, and for a very good cause In full: Very flat course across the grass and through the trees. However, points lost because of out-of-place distance markers. Several people had messages on their backs explaining the reasons for racing, which was very touching. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Meh In full: If this wasn't my hometown race I don't think I would have bothered, to be honest, and if I take part next year it'll be solely because it's so convenient.
I don't want to take anything away from the organisers who put on a near faultless race. But...
- The cost (Where does the money go? £30 plus if you buy the t-shirt) - The support is good at the start/finish but almost absent elsewhere, probably because most of the route is away from residential roads (understandably, given the numbers taking part) - Fairly uninspiring route, only a tiny part through the Lace Market and Wollaton Park stand out - Surely it's reached its capacity, so crowded for the first two or three miles Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good course, great race In full: My first half marathon. I found it to be well-organised with lots of support from both spectators and marshalls. Definitely be doing it again next year. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: True multiterrain race, nice atmosphere, well organised In full: The route is very well thought out, with only brief spells of road (which are actually rather welcome after the sand dunes!) It's a good place to come to with family, incidentally, as the pinewoods also host a red squirrel sanctuary. Didn't notice any red squirrels on the way round, but there's 10Ks for you. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: First class organisation, great part of the country, friendly natives In full: Plenty of loos. Weather was overcast and with a cool breeze. Absolutely perfect. Water and drinks were enough to drown in. Ran out of marathon medals but have promised to mail one within six weeks. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: My first race - and loved every minute In full: This was my first race and I really enjoyed myself. It all went smoothly (although a couple more portaloos would have been nice)and the route was a pleasure to run (especially spotting the llama's at approx 4k). Really loved the faster runners cheering the rest of us on at the end. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: excellent organisation, good course In full: Really well organised race. Surprised by some comments about the split for full and half - my experience was that this was well marshalled. Nice course, with good support, and I managed a PB! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Yet again a great day out..Wasn't feeling 100% and did make hard work of this one, but it's a great run. I hope it can survive the problems that killed off the marathon. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Didn't do it this year but usually do - comments as a spectator In full: Amazed by the lack of organisation at the half marathon / full marathon split after all these years. The leader and eventual winner went the wrong way with no-one to guide him. Then someone got their act together. Motorbikes were definitely a liability - one pulled out straight in front of a runner at Wollaton Park. On the full marathon they were constantly running up and down the course including the narrow riverside path and often with pillion passengers with no helmets. Surprised that the lace panel doesn't appear to be Nottingham lace but more of a woven material - can anyone confirm this? Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Excellent half for first timers In full: This was an excellent race for my first half marathon, incredibly friendly people, lots of loos, gorgeous scenery. If only my atomach hadn't cramped at mile 8, might have been due ti slight uphill didn';t really feel it. Very flat, although I found it tougher than my previous 13 milers, that was probably due to running slightly faster!!! Great race, pretty medal and enough things to keep spectators entertained. Ill be there next year!!! Date of review: September 12, 2005