In short: Fast but 'Marshalling' was appalling In full: Well organised apart from the marshals position on the road. No marshalls what so ever on the road but plenty of them at crossroads. Nearly got run over twice by cars coming up behind me. Too much main road as well for my liking.Water station could have been better placed. But apart from that, good course to start with or use a as preparation. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Good test prior to spring marathon In full: Fairly well organised with no real problems and great prep for anyone planning a spring marathon. Yes there wasn't much room in the clubhouse but it just meant people chatted (sorry to the bloke who toes i trod on whilst getting changed) Nice medal in goody bag at the finish Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great race to start the year, suitable for all standards In full: A great, generally well organised race, nice and flat with definite PB potential. Two lapper and lap one has a slight loop before passing the finish giving 3 chances to pass through the supporters. My only complaint is that I was on the 5th row back and we weren't aware the race had started until those in front moved off. I did this race last year and I will be back next year. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: The laps make it tough psychologically, probably no better prep for London because of that. Good and safe marshalling/policing. And good car parking too in the Lido near the start. Great training run. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Nowhere as tough as feared In full: This is a really enjoyable race, and people shouldn't be put off by its undeserved reputation as a tough course. Yes, miles 3-6/7 are all uphill but it's all a very gradual incline. There are numerous other slopes but they're too short (although fairly steep) to worry about. If you save a bit in the tank for the last 4 miles you can really make up the time lost and then some, as I managed to take 2 minutes off my pb. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Poorly organisated event. MK was as dull as I thought it might be but I did get a new PB In full: The pre-race instructions where terrible, no map, directions where poor. Somewhere to leave your bag was a hall which anybody could have walked into and taken it. At the finish we had to queue in the cold to have our numbers taken. Won't be doing this one again. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: A good beginner's half marathon - once they get the chaos at the finish sorted out. In full: This was an enjoyable race, my first half marathon, and I hope to be back next year. Parking, drinks stations, and the relatively flat route were all good and I was pleased with my run and time, encouraged by the friendly support of the marshals en route. A fifteen minute queue in the bitter cold at the finish (where exactly was it by the way?) was unexpected, however, and I can’t see that my official time or placing can be anywhere near accurate as finishers seem to have been shepherded into one of two pens on a random basis. I stood and watched in frustration as 20 or 30 runners who came in behind me were placed in the other pen and had their numbers recorded before me. From the number of complaints about this aspect of the race I am sure that the organizers will address the issue for next year. Sorry to moan. There were lots of positives. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Good, fast course. Organisation a little bit ropey In full: A good course. Although there a fair few hills by the end I had blotted out any up hill slogs and could remember sprinting madly down hills. It seemed a very fast course and I smashed my pb by 6 min. Thought start and finish was a bit of a fiasco. Far too congested for the number of runners and spectators. Also there didn't seem to be any warnings that there was about to be a water station. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Excellent yearly event and good fish ands chips In full: The event on a whole is well managed and very well support, also the weather is year was good so I am sure there is a lot of runners will have good finishing times Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: A fun, challenging course with great support, but poor start/finish organisation In full: I really enjoyed the run itself, and the hills were not as bad as I thought they were going to be, mostly long and steady inclines that you can keep plodding up rather than really steep ones that turn your legs to jelly. The downhills were a good reward, and the course profile posted on the internet is a really useful tool for planning your race if you haven't done it before.
Lots of noisy crowd support, especially people at the top of the hill, which I always find really helps.
The only downside was the start/finish. The hairpin turn straight after the start means that there is a lot of stopping and starting even once you have crossed the line, and the course twists and turns very sharply a couple of times in the first mile which doesn't allow enough spreading out to get round corners without bumping into people. I think that a funnel is needed to thin people out before the start to ensure that everyone takes longer to get to the line but can run once they are over the line.
The finish also seemed a bit disorganised, with too many people milling around and bunching up very close to the finish line.
However, it is really fun once you get onto the course itself, and defeating the hills gives you a real sense of achievement. Date of review: March 13, 2006