In short: My first half marathon, and I got a far better time than I was expecting. As well organised as shorter races I've run, although I'd have prefered a t-shirt to the medal. The scenery is OK, at least there's the sea all the way even if it's monotonou Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Ron is back! Thoroughly enjoyable race, well-organised and a fast course. In full: Enjoyed this one - just a bit on the breezy side on the way up to Bispham but otherwise great conditions. Big field too, although surprisingly only 1100 odd finished from an alleged 1500 on the start line. Enjoyed the views of the snow-covered Coniston Fells from the lower walk.
Well-organised and fast - Ron's back on form. Lots of water on the course - but hardly needed in the ideal temperature this morning! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Nice flat course around Bute Park. Also for £7 or £8 (depending if you are a club runner) you get a running shirt and a medal, so great value for money. I will be doing this one next year. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: What goes up must come down fortunately! In full: Yes, it was very cold - hardly anyone's fault and that hill was unexpected. Intend to do it again next year. Amazing how Eastbourne iteself has developed in the last 10 - 20 years. Loved Sovereign Harbour despite the wall of wind! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Cold day, but wind on ones back on the one long flat section. In full: I do this one because it's on my doorstep. Marshalling was a bit spartan. The start was a bit chaotic with traffic still moving through the line up 5 mins before the off. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Tough run in the cold & wind, Great event." I'll be back" In full: Fantastic loved the mud a great challenge. Scenery great veiws once summits reached. Thanks to all who marsheld in the cold wind & Pewsey Vale Club for another great event. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Really enjoyable undulating scenic route In full: I really enjoyed this race because it was very scenic with a tour around a lake, a pull up the hill to the castle (where a band was playing!) and a romp through fields on the way back. It was a lovely friendly atmosphere, but don't look to this for a PB as it was single file at one point. The one drawback was a delayed start which made everyone a bit chilly. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Isn't a half marathon supposed to be 13.1 miles? In full: Disaster about all of us being sent the wrong way, but I think the marshalls did the right think by sending everyone the same way once the mistake had been realised. Unbelievable mistake considering the race has been run for over twenty years. However, the organisers are to be congratulated for attempting to put things right by measuring the extra bit and deducting a pro-rate time. However, I had pretty much given up once I realised I was 3-4 mins off my predicted pace. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Shame about the extra distance In full: Having done this race several times before, I feel I must step in and defend it against some of the comments made by others. Hot Drinks: at how many races can you find hot drinks at the start? Drinks at the finish: there were drinks at the finish round by the clubhouse. Water stations en route: sufficient. Facilities before the race: there was ample space, toilets and changing rooms (and showers for afterwards) in the building nearest the car parking. I don't know why the pavilion behind the finish line appeared not to be open although there seemed to be a small class going on. Roadworks: what can a race organiser do about this? There were an unusally high number of bits of roadworks but they didn't severely impact the flow of the race.
Goody bag: wasn't a medal enough?
Yes, it was a shame about the extra distance - due to confusion in the lead car. However, the organisers did the right thing very quickly in ensuring that everyone then ran the same distance so there was still a race. I've been in two other races which went off-route and neither managed this. I don't think people realise how difficult it would be to communicate quickly with all marshalls on a course in such a situation. The chap on the corner in question was doing a sterling job. The race organiser has said that he will get the discrepancy measured as soon as possible and issue amended results. That is an awful lot of work which he could have simply decided not to do, leaving the results to stand for the race albeit of an unspecified distance.
I shall be back to support what in all the other years has been a very good race.
In short: Excellent 17 mile run and only £5! Very well organised and even home made pastries at the end. Very friendly and cheery marshalls and organisers. Some slight hills but nothing too steep Date of review: February 26, 2006