In short: My first but it certainly wont be the last. In full: No problems everything seem to go like clockwork. Lots of drinks from the sponsors. A pothole 3 miles in caught me out though. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Great event, well organised and really enjoyable In full: This is the first half marathon I have run for over 10 years. It really feels like a big event with the elite runners and the support/atmosphere around the course, especially at the hospital. The course is definitely PBable, I cut a whole 6 minutes off mine, now down to 89 minutes. I will definitely run next year – thank you Hastings Lions Club! Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: I found the course very chilly In full: I will definatley wrap up warmer for next year, i didn't realise just how open it would be. The lucozade stations were fabulous, except all the tops from the bottles on the first station. I found it fast, fun and a good race for the family to spectate, especially when they get the chance to be in Jenson Buttons pit lane garage! WEll organised reccommend this one to anyone to do.
In short: One for the Diary In full: Despite the clear lack of pre race communication - the race was in fact a complete "joy" - atmosphere was great - water stations great - finish, hell, cos we kept running away from it in the latter stages - toilets frustrating - goody bags ok - baggage reclaim interestingly slow in the snow! Bus ferries a breeze to/from parking areas - marshalls brilliant - camaraderie great - men running behind trees 2 mins into race! interesting!! PB potential pretty good - number of competitors brilliant, no pushing/shoving to speak of. A pretty good deal all in all. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Apart from the debacle of the road congestion and slow parking (arrived at start 1 min to spare and started at the 2hr mark instead 1,30) a good race with excellent pb potential. Will get there earlier next year!! Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: The Flora Machiine eventually got its wheels oiled and produced a well-organised race - some great support from the public too. In full: The race packs were sent out at the last minute and the organisers asked for all the trouble they got over that. On the day though, it was nice to see the race start on time, well-marshalled, some entertainment on the route, and plenty of water/drinks from the sponsors.
Really enjoyed the race, and the company, and maybe with time it will become even better. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: 4 undulating laps made this a challenging race due to the hills and the route being quite dull. The marshalls were excellent however, ensuring runners weren't bothered by the traffic. Nice medal at the end! Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: flat fast course, well organised,and enjoyed by those taking part In full: local people should do more to support local events, why travel when this is on our doorstop, will come again next year well done to those who organised the race. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Well organised race held nowhere near London but worthy of its association with the FLM nevertheless In full: Silverstone, a circuit so unfairly lambasted by Bernie Ecclestone (I have been to 16 of the current F1 circuits and it is nowhere near the worst), has a reputation for poor facilities for holding an F1 race, yet get it to host a medium to large running race there and instantly you have access to an ideal venue for a seamlessly organised event.
I aimed to be at Silverstone for 10:30 (12pm start). I was a little disconcerted to see the traffic backed up on the A43 bypass, but thankfully the well organised marshalling ensured that I was in my parking spot by 11:05 (Although next year I will allow at least two hours to spare).
Once there everything was well laid out - toilets relatively plentiful for a running race, plenty of space to warm up with a jog, the baggage storage looked efficient (Although I didn't actually use it), and the wide start/finish straight on the circuit made it easy to line up in a position relevant to your predicted finishing time.
I've run the 10K race here before so I knew roughly what to expect - ultra smooth tarmac on the circuit itself - hugging the corners, taking the racing line, desperately trying to shelter from the wind on one of the numerous occasions when it was full on into your face.
If the entire race was run on the F1 circuit, this would be the surest bet for a PB circuit in the country. This is not possible due to the numbers running and issues with lapping backmarkers, and so it is necessary to go on a rather convoluted 6-7 mile section on the infield and then on the outer perimeter road before greatfully returning to the F1 circuit for the final 3 miles.
I found these miles tough - especially with the oft inhibiting headwind, although the marshalling was supportive and excellent and vocal crowd support better than I expected. One minor quibble - mile marker 6 was definately 45 or so seconds too early (The painted marker on the road was that far up on the course). This made for an unbelievably quick mile 6 followed by a depressingly slow mile 7.
Mention at this point must go to the radio piped out all around the circuit on the tannoys. This must be unique to the Silverstone race and made for a real morale booster - not only with the tunes being pumped out, which made it feel like a surreally large outdoor gym, but gave updates on the leaders that spurred you on.
All in all I ran 1:20.30 which is my second fastest ever time. If I had concentrated more between miles 7-11 and had not been mindful that this was a marathon preparation race, this would have been a PB for sure.
The end was well done with photographers, a goody bag with medal and t-shirt, and facilities to change and grab a bite to eat. I cannot comment on how easy it was to leave the circuit as I hot stepped it out as quickly as possible. At £14 or so this is extremely good value compared to rival city half marathons and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good PB course.
In short: First half marathon - mostly flat, through fab parks and liverpool's world heritage site. One hill no problem and good opportunity to use alternative muscles for half a mile. Supporters could have been better (e.g. there) but atmosphere great overal Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Parkland start & finish. Good run. Crowd needed geeing up In full: For first time run not bad. Organisation great. Crowd need educating to cheer all the time not just as their relatives pass. Advance warning signs a bit sparse but overall nice day out Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Quite tough in places but very enjoyable all the same In full: Very enjoyable race that was extremely well organised - from the sing posts on the way in to the numerous marshalls that were very friendly all the way round! Plenty of drink stops also helped! Legs hurt now but was very good preparation for London in a few weeks. I would definately run this race next year. Date of review: March 13, 2005