In short: Well organised race , definatly worth the run In full: This was a well organised race that would put a lot of its much bigger counterpart races to shame , well attended by many various clubs in the small but competitive field, a great race to help condition you for your main target race. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenery, tough course, poor organisation, over priced In full: I was refused safety pins by a marshall at the "Fun Run tent" because I had no money with me to give him for charity,the start was a shambles with fun runners crowding the start line giving the runners no chance to race, poor marshalling all round. However the support was first class and the course was testing and beautiful. If the organisers wish to charge £19.45 to non-affiliates paying by c/c in future they should make more of an effort and not just leave it down to the crowd and the scenery to attract future participants Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Hillier than I imagined it would be and oh so hot! In full: My first half, but not my last. Insufficient training and over estimating of training runs made this painful, but at the end the joy of finishing made it all worthwhile, even though the oldest man on the route beat me and the chap pushing his friend in the wheelchair - well done to you. I will be back to try and beat my time. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Good freiendly feel to the race , with some great support. In full: Nice race ,that was well organised so that PB chasers and Fun Runners all had a good run. Course was a bit bland during the last 4 miles, but the support at the finish was marvellous. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Lovely setting- good course. In full: Didnt mind the walk to the start. Liked the earlier start time this year. Would have liked some warning the race was about to start. A drink station would have been nice at the top of the hill- having run this one last year, I learnt and took my own. Memento unusually useful! Friendly encouraging marshalls. Overall, despite the few minor moans, a pleasing event Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Credit to the organisers for Coventry's first Half Marathon In full: Turned out to be the perfect choice for my first half marathon. Friendly atmosphere, excellent facilities and loved the tshirt - proper ladies fit! Only downfall was lack of mile markers. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A really friendly but tough event. In full: I really enjoyed the event. Good to see so much of the Island, tremendous support and encouragement from the villages, euthiastic marshalls, countless water stations, friendly runners, great organisation, great post race food and a beautiful medal (gold plated!!). A very memorable day. Next year, get rid of the hills and the wind and I'll try and stop the wheels coming off! Many thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Very Good New Race In full: Good Things Lots of water Quite a decent crowd for a first time event Excellent T shirt (nice design and not white), medal and goody bag good marshelling and encouragement Nice large field Toilet facilities with well organised ques and were plentiful Chipped Race
Bad Things Lack of mile markers Too hilly - to grow the event in future years you probably need a flatter course with more PB potential Too narrow a start line and first 100 metres. This lead to a slow start even after crossing the line Delayed start and woman warbling on - no need Local people were not fully warned of road closures, if they know in advance , they will deal with it, but it will wind people up if they only find out about it when they get to closed roads
In short: It was my first HF marathon and it killed me but I am glad I did it. I would recommend it to any beginner as long as they train hard. It was a shame it was so hot as it made it uncomfortable and the traffic was awful. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: How far to the start line??? In full: I got there with half an hour to spare, and joined the (extremely long) queue for the ladies. 20 mins before the race, someone came round shouting that it was a 15min walk to the start!! Being desperate, I nipped into a hedge and got stung by stinging nettles, and approached by a number of surprised chaps also hoping for a pee. People peeling off in every direction looking for bushes!! Otherwise fab race, hill not too scary .. but a Cirencester Athletics diary as a finisher's prize??? Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A enjoyable 10K through a scenic park In full: If you liked the Princes Trust 10K, Westonbirt 10K or Longleat 10K then this race seams to have all of these in one race. Its a really nice experience run through woods and open land on good paths and tracks, and with the good atmosphere from both the organisers and crowds and the downhill finish which made for a quick last kilometre.
Luckily I did not have to sample the queue for the toilets nor do I normally take water from water stations in 10K’s so these two obvious problems did not affect my experience of this race.
The only problem I experienced is a long walk back to the car from the start, made even longer by walking the wrong way from the finishing line, some signs would not go amiss. If the weather was any colder or if it had been raining then the walk back would have detracted from my race experience.
In short: Too many walkers and fun runners started too near the front, hard to work up a good pace , overall an amazing event there were so many people, unbelieveable ! Date of review: September 26, 2005