In short: An Absolute Disgrace In full: The event was spoilt by 3 serious faults: (i) the delayed start, (ii) the lack of proper marshals and (iii) the appalling lack of water. The event itself is fast, flat and if properly organised could have been a good all round running experience. Sadly, it was marred by poor organisation which caused unnecessary disappointment and distress to so many runners. Due credit goes to the runners who persevered and helped each other. The agency workers (dressed as waiters) belatedly transported into town were not interested in the race or the runners and should not have been given the responsibility of acting as race marshals in any running event. The lack of a basic supply of water for known participants in a marathon on a scorching day was inhumane and simply inexcusable. Next time get some help and advice from the organisers of the London Marathon. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: tree-mendous! In full: Great venue, nice tracks through lovely woodland. Organisation was spot on, great atmosphere and a new addition to the garden...well done tetbury royals...one not to miss for 2006! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Loved it! In full: Although I was kind of looking forward to this race, I arrived feeling quite nervous because I hadn't done a 10k since January and hardly any speed work all year due to longer distance training. But there was something very calming about the atmosphere.
The course is beautiful, and although mostly gravel, it was kinder to the legs than road.
I finished in 48.24 which is just 1 second outside my PB, and that PB goes back to late 2003!
Every finisher got an Oak tree...no, really!! In fact mine is already planted in the garden.
The organisers (Tetbury Royals) should be very proud of themselves!
I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Camels only In full: The Blackpool 'full' was a big ask on such a hot day. As with previous runs here I didn't mind dodging the drunks or the piles of vomit or even the occasional taunt coming from herds of tattoed neanderthals that like to congregate on the streets. But having to wait 3/4 hr in the sun for the start and then having practically no water for the first 15 miles made this a very memorable day indeed. If it wasn't for a friend waiting at 20 miles with a litre of water I would have been one more for the casualty list. Well done to all who competed, let alone finished. Dave Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: What more can be said than what has already been said! In full: A positive for me about this half-marathon is that it was valuable experience. It was my 5th half and I was expecting to knock 3-5 mins off my PB after all it is such a flat course. I ran out hardish (with my own 500mls of fluid, thank god) and managed a good pace till 10 miles. I had been through needing to go to toilet for 7 miles and feeling like I had a waterfall down my back since before the start. I felt gutted for those that had no water over the first part of the course (I don't think I would have coped as well as many did) and I crossed my fingers when I had a drink later that I would not be taking it from someone who had been brave enough to tackle the marathon. My time was 10 mins slower than my PB but I was just glad that I finished the course. I do however love Blackpool as it takes me back to when I was a kid and my parents took me to see the illuminations. I think it would be a better idea though to run it when they are on as it would make it that much more interesting! :-) Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Hot, hard work and enjoyable In full: My first ever competetive race - looks like things can only improve judging by of the other comments I have read. I have to say I enjoyed it....my first half marathon and i will deffo be entering more! Did anybody see any toilets en route? Who was the St John's woman in the massage tent with the attitude problem? Also, a big thanks to "Bob Hope" off Emmerdale who was one of the few who made the effort to cheer us on from the sidelines. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Fantastic event. Well organised. In full: Back this year after injury. The atmosphere was fantastic as usual and the new organiser had done a brilliant job. The idea of holding a 2 mile family fun run as well made it a great day for everybody. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Scenic trot through the trees In full: A highly enjoyable trot through the trees. Mostly flat(ish), with one long gentle and another short sharp uphill, but nothing too testing. Strangely slow, though - perhaps it's hard to get grip on the fine gravel tracks. Organisation splendid for a first race, free oak sapling to all finishers! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: so so hot! hillier than expected In full: really hard run in the heat made up for by the people of Barton- thanks for the hoses and water pistols and great atmosphere at the finish. felt sorry for those who collapsed- scary Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Enjoyable race In full: Decent race with good mixed field of all abilities. Seems to be getting bigger each year. Very hot & humid(similar to some of previous years) especially on long stretch due to complete lack of any breeze. Hence would recommend additional water station Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Glorious weather for a picnic, intolerably hot for a half marathon. With the heat they should have been handing out bottles of water to carry on with you rather than just cups of water. Spectacular scenery from the bridge. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: First Half Marathon, Trained hard, not disappointed In full: The heat was nothing anyone could do something about, however any race in the summer needs adequate hydration provisions. I had my camelbak and needed to keep rationing my sports fuel. Found the water stops too few and too far between. Sponges anyone? The lower level was like a desert (should have taken the hint from the 'arab' dressed water marshalls. Had I not been carrying my own drink, would have suffered heat exaustion as started chilling. My husband wasn't as lucky..still recovering from muscle cramps anc brused ankle fro hobbling in. Hope the Half runner getting IV on lower level is ok. PLEASE organizers, do a rethink, this could be a great race, just listen to those of us who raced it.. safety! water! isotonic drinks! sponges! hoses! gels! jelly babies!! (not ones offered from teenagers on the side of the road) You did get the medal and T shirt right. I would probably do this race again...I don't think it could be this bad again...I will ALWAYS carry my own drink. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: where was the water on such a hot day In full: very hot day and the water station was a joke. same medal for the 10k as the fun runners not even a piece of ribbon tied to it. Date of review: June 20, 2005