In short: Super fast, flat course. Very well organised event. In full: Good course on very quiet country lanes. As flat as they come, with great chance of a PB, but can be open to the elements. Easy parking, good venue with plenty of space as well as changing and showers. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Plenty of marshalls, unfortunately most stood there with their hands in the pockets. In the last half mile or so, when I had lost sight of the runner in front of me, I had to ask every marshal which way to go. In full: Despite the marshalling problems, I like the multi lap course and will definately be back. I'll know the course for next time so won't have to rely on marshalls. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised, shame about the scenery In full: As already mentioned good organisation, t-shirts and medals, excellent VFM but surely there is a more scenic course to take in? Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Well organised race through the slums of Tamworth In full: It's all been said.... brilliant organisation, great marshalls, a real chunky beast of a medal and a flaming car! Further write up will follow on:
http://www.marathondrinkers.co.uk Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Fab race, fab location, fab atmosphere! In full: Third year running this race for me and I really enjoy it. Hills are good little challenges along the way. Didn't see as many marshalls this year... Thanks to Mike and Co, for organising this again :-) Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Mud pies anyone? In full: Started the race with brand new running shoes - ended it with a couple of cow pats on my feet! It didn't stop me coming back for the 2nd round and I will be doing the 3rd as well.
A word of thanks to many of the fast 15k runners. Even on their third lap of the race they still had time to give a couple of words of encouragement as they sped past to a portly slowcoach doing the 10k - much appreciated! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Late start and inaudible PA spoiled the day In full: Most other reviewers have raised the points I would have so I will just add that the PA system was completely inaudible. Two of the four speakers pointed over the start line (doh!)and the other two faced the runners - all 1,500 of us. Why not put the speakers in the middle of the start grid? Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Not great, no help desk on site very poor only do it again becuase its local In full: Its hard on the sand but good training, not very well set up. Only do it if you want a race on different conditions Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Great fun - apart from the dangerous mud In full: First half marathon en route to FLM. Came in at 2hr 3 mins. The muddy and slippy path toweards the end ruined a 2hr target and nearly did my knees in!! Apart from that enjoyed it - and loved the wind rain and hills! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: well organisted as always In full: as one of my regular build up runs for London, it is a must do as I need to get the duistance in my legs even if the times are getting slower as I get older. Well organised, well marshalled. But were some of the marshals part of care in the community as they had smiles on their faces in the cold and wet? We were as barmy to run it as they were to marshal - thanks to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Nice venue but a few gripes In full: As a run, it was fine, with some promise for a good time even with it being mid-February. The course is a fairly narrow road and didn't really open up until 2km, but this was not really unexpected given the number of competitors.
What was a problem was: (1) the length of time it took to get parked up from when we entered the Park, (2) the lack of any (open) refreshment/warm areas for spectators during the race, (3) being held back another 10-15 minutes at a cold and windy start line, (4) a lack of signage/guidance to enable spectators to find the finish line, (5) disappointing lack of goodies in the goody bag given the hefty entry fee.
If I decide to do the race again next year, it will because of where it is rather than because of the organisation or value. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Good mix of flat, country lanes and hills - some more challenging than others In full: First time to run this, its very well organised, good atmosphere, but lacks the scenery you might expect to see in Dover. A few testing hills and some nice flat sections. Only negative about this race was the toilet shortage. Worth doing if it fits in with your schedule. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Very good route - is almost as though it was built for running on - excellent scenery and the use of Championchip is a nice touch, although I'm not sure it justifies the total cost... In full: Organisation was slightly curious: a handful of marshalls doing a lot of pointing, but not much else. Apart from the slightly delayed start (which I was thankful for, as I was cutting it a bit fine anyway), everything seemed to run smoothly. Incidentally, for anyone who plans to do this race next year, and would like to turn up in a soft-top car/on a push bike/on a motor bike, you can! Despite what it says in the race guidelines about these methods of transport being barred from the safari park, I came in a soft top car(!), and I saw quite a few cyclists/motor cyclists on my way in. Not sure what the rationale is behind this rule, surely it can't be for safety reasons, as we're all about to get out of our cars and run around the park! Date of review: February 19, 2006