In short: well organised fast PB route In full: great running conditions, fast route, plenty of marshalls with a nice mug at the end. New PB by over 4 mins so definitely in the diary for next year Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Testing but worth it In full: The start was hectic, many runners were bottle-necked so missed the start (you could tell who had as they flew pass you at about mile 2!). Other than that, a well organised race with great marshalling and support the whole way round Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Nice race In full: Nice course, altho I didnt get a PB I did get one of my quickest times and two of my friends did get PB's. Shame the water station wasnt maned well enuf, no water when I got there as the chap was sorting out cups!! Worth well race tho...well done to those involved. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: A well organised race, Good atmosphere, scenery nice. Not a P.B course though. In full: A good race which was well marshalled, some very challenging hills which would make it hard to be a P.B. I did enjoy the race, but wasn't to keen on the finshing line being well away from the start line. A tough race though, was a hard one!!! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Again another well organised race. In full: I am probably going to be told that it was almost the same route, however the route seemed to be a bit more away from the traffic this year. It may have been an illusion, but the four mile hill seemed easier this year also.
In short: The Roding Valley 14.1 mile Half Marathon In full: Due to a cock-up by the marchsall & the lead car mile 7-8 was about 1.7 miles (and uphill & into the wind).
In my opinion, once the organisers realised this, the should have instructed all other marshalls (where possible) to let runners know they had ran an extra 0.7 mile, as many didn't have a clue & were left with nothing to run for or push themselves for in the latter stages. Their revised times may come out quite good.
Other than that, which may be handy in prep for London, having ran 14! I wasn't overly impressed.
The course was tricky & hard to get any fluency, constanly having to avoid cars beside you, pulling out of junctions, roadworks, over hanging thorn bushes, the drink stations weren't up to much, there wasn't any marker at the start (that I could see) and no drinks for the last 4 miles or at the finish line was disappointing. Even a small goody bag with something to eat wouldn't have gone a miss.
On the plus side, the support was good, the parking was good & the price was good & being able to enter on the day was excellent & well manned. And there were some gorgeous women running around my pace which made it easier.
But it will always be remembered for the cock up by the marshall & the stretch along by the David Lloyd centre & M11 really needed to be roped off to some degree. It was hard enough to fit one person down it. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: cold, a bit hilly and the race was longer than shown on the map In full: I just did the race today and when comparing it to the race map, realised that the second large loop was in fact longer than described on the map. It incorporated the first small loop again, when I'm not sure if it was suppoes to or not! I really hope I haven't run more than the necessary 13 miles!! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Changing rooms a definite improvement on last year, last hill never gets any easier, thanks to the marshals particularly for their management of traffic at the busier junctions. Date of review: February 25, 2006
In short: Great scenery, usual parking probs, I'd go again In full: I've been reading the other comments and thought I ought to add mine, for what they're worth. The parking was no better or worse than many venues, IMHO. There was the usual free-for all getting out, but you get that anywhere including Tesco's. The medal - same except Tesco's don't give them - they might like to consider it. The late start wasn't that unusual - maybe I'm just unlucky but a lot of the runs I've been on have been delayed to some degree or other. It was damn cold but it did give a conversation topic for me and others around as we strove to keep blood moving. Thanks to those around who chatted, by the way. It would be nice if there was somewhere at a start to just drop stuff we wanted to come back to, like things to keep warm but there you go. Marshals - I was under the impression that the people sitting, looking glum, in landrovers were acting as marshals, though I may be wrong - maybe they were checking we didn't try to feed the animals. The lioness checking out the meal going by was a nice touch. Did she think she was on the Generation Game and could have anything she remembered off the conveyor track, do you think? Date of review: February 25, 2006
In short: Hold it in May for better weather In full: Once I sorted myself out of the split starts I enjoyed running though the town and the lanes. the seafront run to Hove was okay and I knew what was coming as the elite runners started the run back. Then I turned and headed back....oh my god...wind,rain sea water in my face for 7 miles, managed to run behind someone bigger than me for most of it which helped. Seeing the pier 4 miles away, and knowing I had to run to this and past it was depressing(I prefer road runs that ar not 'there and back in a straight line.') The worst bit was mile 9 to 11, once again the elite runners were heading back on the grass so I knew I turned somewhere but all I could see in front was a long line of runners running up hill into the distance with no turn in sight. When the turn for home came the grass was very slippery and dangerous, which slowed my pace( at least I no longer nad the wind and rain in my face). Then the finish. Nice to get the medal, food in the goodie bag was very welcome, could have done with a warm drink for all runners at the end. Other points to mention: Plenty of marshalls on route( well done for braving the weather), frequent drink stations( what was that bottled stuff we got at mile 10?). Would do the run again but would check the weather reports first. Prefer more town running Get rid of the grass section. Date of review: February 24, 2006