In short: A lovely spring run with a few organisational hitches In full: Lovely, scenic, friendly but challenging run. Beautiful weather, the only disappointments were bad toilets and not enough water (inc. none at the end). But like Arnie, I'll be back! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Definitely worth a trip, but effort is needed to take the event up a level In full: Too few mile markers, no t-shirt-unless you bought one, and lack of refreshments post race. The race information sent out to runners was also poor. The map of the start and race route was another 'good with a pencil' types, so often favoured by race organisers. Good baggage area and well marshalled on the course, but in my second year of running, it strikes me that the more sponsorship available, the less the runner can expect. Will I be back ? Probably !
In short: no medal In full: I am one of the people who like the cheesy participant's medals you get at the end. This one said it was part of the momentos. It wasn't. Don't put it on Runners world if it isn't true! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised, good value, shame about the scenery In full: Very windy day, especially hard on the last 2 miles. You can not fault the organisation and the value for your entrance money. Goody bag contains a good quality medal and t-shirt and food to really help with your recovery. The scenery was a bit dull, but you have to expect that going round a race track. Knocked 15 minutes off my PB, so i'm well happy. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: My first ever 1/2 marathon- friendly atmosphere and well organised. In full: I was expecting to feel intimidated but Fleet half marathon was completely the opposite. Very friendly atmosphere and well marshalled. Thanks. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A quick run down to the river and back In full: I would echo the point about the distance .... this seemed a long 13.1 miles. I must have taken a very poor race line but my Garmin ended up charting 13.6 miles. I still managed a PB by more than 5 minutes.
I don't know why the organisers insist on focusing on the gun to chip time, rather than the chip to chip time. O.K., for the elites this will be the same, but for those of us starting further back the gun to chip time is no better than an estimate of your real performance.
Organisation was good. I would prefer to keep the tops on the lucozade pouches, as I carried one around with me for a lap and continued taking small sips. Without a lid I would have been drenched in sticky goo.
Finishing/starting area was o.k. A second place to get a coffee would be good ... the only one there ran out of coffee at around 10.20 !!! Only tea or choco available. Maybe someone should warn them that many runners would like a caffeine fix just before the start.
These are just comments for consideration. Overall, a great race. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great In full: Great organisation, great atmosphere, great course. i sound like Tony the Tiger but it was just GREEAATT!
I will moan about the t-shirts though. All x-large. we are runners not wrestlers! and a few buses to the city centre for those that live in the 'pool would'nt go amiss as it was chaos getting home. had to walk three miles as the cabs coul'nt get around without charging about £50 for the detour.thats all minor stuff 'cause i set a painful PB and loved every second of my day
In short: Great race In full: As a back runner it was nice to see there was still plenty of support out on the course and still water at the drinks stations. I too am grateful to the lady with the sweets at 9 miles. Didn't get a T shirt and will be interesting to see if I do get the one promised. Nice to see so many Stafford Harriers out on the course and as usual they were all in front of me!!! Will be back next year, no excuse really as I live right on the course :-) Date of review: March 20, 2006