In short: 1st half marathon - was great In full: REally enjoyed this race. Was nearly last but wot fun we all had a the back! great encouragement from everyone running with us and some fab chats - perhaps effort would have been better placed in running rather than talking? Still "ran" all the way - my running pal and I and had a fab day out. Sponges were very welcome and a big thanx to all the staff - you were great. Date of review: February 9, 2006
In short: Good atmosphere and fun hills! In full: First half so little to compare against. I had been fearing the hills but there were only three 'short sharp shocks' to slog up, and was more than compensate for by pleasant downhill sections. Start and finish the worst bits - narrow at the start so hard to get into your stride. In last mile or so a section on the pavement which was narrow and held up a couple of times when I was trying to up my pace. The final lap of the park is demoralising, but overall a good race, mostly in lovely countryside with a bit of suburbia thrown in. Blessed with great weather this year as well. Date of review: February 9, 2006
In short: Very misty to start with, but soon cleared up so we could see the countryside we were racing in. I had a personal best and won the ladies race, so no complaints from me! Date of review: February 8, 2006
In short: Leave it in March. In full: Overall excellent, especially it had a different start & finish miles apart it was organised apart from trying to get back into the stadium after the finish which was hell even without having just ran 13 miles.
Everything else was great including the scheduling: 6 weeks or so before London. if it was at that time again I'd do it without hesitation, but at only two weeks before training is winding down by that point & a PB half marathon 14 days before may hinder more than help. Date of review: February 8, 2006
In short: Great London Preparation In full: The first three & last three miles are a good experience. The middle seven are a bit lonely. But for the time of start 12.00 & PB potential - well worth entering. Date of review: February 8, 2006
In short: A hilly run with a welcome recovery couple of miles at 7-9 miles before the last salvo of ups In full: Well organised race with a good turnout, mostly of club runners but a significant chunk of indies too. Water stations were frequent with smiling support. Toilet queueing before the start inevitable - I doubt doubling the number of facilities would make much difference though and only add to the cost. Glad not to have lots of rubbish in a goody bag at the end - medals are nice, but add to the cost of the entry fee - at least the lion's share (boom boom) of what we all paid is likely to be put to good use after the event. The end seemed a bit of an anti-climax - probably because the finish was a short way from the village hall which seemed to be the hub of post-race catch up with friends etc. Would certainly do it again sometime though. Date of review: February 8, 2006
In short: Good 10K that's suitable for runners of all levels. In full: 5th February seems almost indecently early to be racing over 10K,but I decided to give it a go.The race "ticks most of the required boxes".The organisation was excellent-particular mention of the enthusiastic support for all runners by the organisers and the control of the car park after the race had finished.The course is very fast-only one hill of note and 2-3K downhill to the finish.Another big "plus" is that it's entirely traffic-free.My only reservations concern value-quite expensive for a local 10K and a curious goody-bag (an energy bar,coaster and packet of pasta sauce!).Good race overall and definitely a good choice for beginners. Date of review: February 8, 2006