In short: A good race well organised but jilly in parts In full: This is the fourth time I have don the RH half and like other reveiwers here can't help but mention the fact that the route is fairly hilly in places. There are a couple of steep two hundred metre climbs and some gentle one mile slow risers - enough to be noticeable. The organsiation was excellent. However, it's about time proper coffee shops were introduced for those family and friends waiting to cheer us on at the start/finish at reasobable prices - my gilrfriend had to wait for three quaters of an hour to pay £2.50 for a polystyrene cup of instant nescafe. This is not good consdiering this is not the cheapest run one could do. The organsiaers could give say three vouchers that allow some coffee from a Coffe Nation stand, say.
The race also funnels through some vbery narrow gaps and considering the size of the field this needs to be looked at.
Gripes aside, an excellent half marathon and I fully enjoyed it. Date of review: September 14, 2005
In short: A great race for a first half marathon, loved the views! In full: Very well organised and friendly atmosphere so this was a great for a first time half marathoner. Good to have sponges as well as water as sun kept appearing from behind the clouds. In my last mile as approached the finish line, silence as I approached - I had to yell at the crowd to get them to cheer me in - which they did! Agree re the showers for woemen and yes, it might be a luxury but if they are going to be provided, then provide a reasonable number. I had to rebel and go in the men's as the queue for the ladies was so long.....several other women followed suit! We were all very well behaved I can assure you. Will definitely do this race again. Date of review: September 14, 2005
In short: Short. Hot. Late Start. But good! In full: My biggest gripe, aside from the short distance (which has already been covered extensively!) is the 11am start. Early September is bound to be a bit warm (must have been close to 30 degrees on the day) so why start the race so close to the midday sun? I saw several people had fainted in the heat, which could have been avoided if they'd started at a more sensbile time, like 9am. Overall I enjoyed it, but I would have preferred to a) start earlier and b) run a true 10k Date of review: September 14, 2005
In short: Fantastic Organisation In full: I picked this for my 7th marathon after reading the RW race reviews last year, it had great feedback and quite righly so. The marshalls and crowd support were brilliant - really encouraging and friendly and the drinks stations were well stocked and I thought the bottles of water were the perfect size for running with. I didn't use the gels or sports drinks supplied, but there was plenty available all the way to the last drinks station. Not a bad course and I managed to take over 2 minutes off my PB so I was very happy, although I have to say the first half was hillier than I expected. My only whinge is that the first 3 or 4 miles were too congested and actually had a couple of my slowest mile times there. It would be better to perhaps start the half marathon runners 30 mins or so later? Apart from that, great day and great race. Date of review: September 14, 2005
In short: Quick race with good PB potential In full: Very quick course where I've set 3 PBs in in the last 2 months! Good quality field with plenty of runners between 34 and 37 mins. Well marshalled and friendly atmosphere. Just a shame that another organisation were organising some jogs around the park at the same time which really got in the way of the faster runners. Date of review: September 14, 2005
In short: Brilliant race - Everyone should run it at least once! In full: I loved this race! It was tough, hilly and muddy but I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't stop laughing... Plus there was beer and cake at the end, and one of the best race t-shirts ever! Date of review: September 14, 2005
In short: My third time of running the 1/2 Marathon. Must try the full sometime. In full: I made the mistake of queing at the loos near the start. This was before we off loaded our gear we arrived in and found the masses at the top end of the field. Hardly any queues to speak off - excellent. Although crowded the slow start encouraged me on to run faster towards the end, this resulted in a PB for the race. It seemed hiller than in previous years, but I fear that is just my memory fading. My wife was wearing a Garmin Forerunner 201 and when we downloaded the data the inclines were there to see, thanks to the organisers for a great event. If there is some way to thank those outside the church for the support I think they would appreciate it. Date of review: September 14, 2005