In short: Very friendly marshalls. Up and down course, first race. In full: First ever race, so nothing to compare it to. Marshalls were very friendly, expecially to those of us coming in last! Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Excellent setting - good organisation - the downhill sections make up for the 3 challenging hills. Make sure you get a good warm up first - the first km is UP! Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: A great race, very friendly and nicely organised. In full: Shin problems kept me from doing well but I'm looking forward have another go next year!
The downward second half makes a negative split easy to achieve and the little slope before the finish helps with the sprint finish.
The marshalling was great, especially at the junctions although the water station needs to be improved, my husband didn't get any water and there was no one at the water station when I go to it.
I was also disappointed at having to wait so long for water at the finish line and only receiving 1 fun sized mars bar with my bag of leaflets. I was also disappointed that they had run out of small and medium T-shirts so quickly.
However, I will be doing this one again next year. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: A friendly, well-organised race - and faster than I expected In full: I'd heard about the hill at 7k and while it did pose a challenge the course overall was pretty quick - definite pb potential here. Organisation was very good, very friendly marshals and a very scenic route. If the sun had come out it would have been perfect - I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Need to sort out the traffic In full: This was my first half marathon. The race start was great and I enjoyed most of the race. I’m not sure if it was because I'm too slow (1hr 44mins) but I spent a good while dodging cars. I even got hit by a wing mirror at one point towards the end and it hurt! On a more minor note (being picky now) I spilt most of the water from the stations as the cups were not as good as when you get a little bottle to sup as you run round. The runners were great; some of the scenery in the middle was fantastic as was the weather. I felt really sorry for some of the slower runners as the finishing straight was used by people walking home and dog walkers. I think some tape here would have been really nice. All in all I enjoyed the race but it could have so easily been so much better. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: for a first timer (me) this was just the job - superb - thanks to stalbridge lions In full: This was my first time out. I had almost been dissuaded from running as I thought my realistic 150 minute estimate might not be up to the expected standard. Fortunately I did run and I could not have been made more welcome by all concerned - runners and marshalls. I would heartily recommend this event to anyone. I am not sure that I would agree with the description hilly, ok so they did make me walk here and there, but I do think undulating is a fairer description. The organisation was perfectly adequate, especially given that this is acharity event aimed at raising funds so that does need to be borne in mind when considering number of toilets etc. Well done to all involved in the orgaisation and implementation. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Hilly! In full: Parking was awful - we arrived an hour early and the barrier for the car park was stuck - no-one could move backwards or forwards. That meant a last minute dash for the toilet - only three cubicals and therefore a long queue......Managed a PB despite the hills. Was annoyed when at 2.28 the marshalls started clearing away the ropes etc. when people were still coming in. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Great race, a no thrills course that'll get you a very good time!! In full: Really enjoyed this race. Like out and back courses as you can take your mind off the running by watching everyone coming in the opposite direction!! Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Fantastic morning and fantastic setting! In full: My first 10K and it couldn't have been more fun, will be more suspicious of a course described as undulating in future though!! Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: well organised, course quiet in parts but overall very good! In full: good warm-up required before a hill hits you hard at the start not a PB course, but good long distance training race - well done Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: A great pick & mix of hills/flats and great scenery In full: A great race very well organised good prep. for FLM with some added hill work to spice it up. Possibly not the best course for a P.B, but my second 1/2 and due to a lot of hours training managed to take 7 minutes off my P.B - couldn't have been more satisfy Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Good race, see you next year! In full: Quick course with traffic controled well by organisers. T-shirt for all finishers is a good point but would prefer a longer lasting momento. New PB!! Date of review: February 7, 2005