In short: Soggy but fun In full: A good race and well organised. Hats off to the Marshalls who can't have been having a lot of fun in the downpour. A hot shower would have been nice, following the cold one out on the course. Perhaps a towel in the goody bag next year might be appropriate! Date of review: July 26, 2005
In short: Many thanks to the marshalls and drinks stations for sticking at it in pretty rotten conditions.Only one minor complaint which was it took 15 minutes to get my bag back in heavy rain. Date of review: July 26, 2005
In short: MORE Toilets needed! Drinking water tasted foul! Great themed memento of a horsebrass - no tacky medals here! Great mildy undulating course through terrific new forest scenery, a bit on the road, but mostly on forest tracks & trails. Date of review: July 26, 2005
In short: Enjoyable despite the heat In full: A bit too hot to go all out, but nonetheless a good run in beautiful countryside. Good facilities at the school for waiting families and friends!! Date of review: July 26, 2005
In short: Going the opposite way round would have been better! In full: As I live in the area, and this was the first time I'd done the race, was starting to feel slightly anxious as I realised they were sending us up that 2nd hill, on my drive over! I knew no chance for a PB with the heat and hills, but actually I got on (by just a minute!!) As I normally run with my dog, I desperately missed her to pull me up those hills! Well organised, and friendly though.. Date of review: July 26, 2005
In short: Good race. Loved the rain :) In full: I was dissapointed with the directions to the actual race as Milton Keynes is all V and H roads and roundabouts which made it very confusing. But the race was very well marshalled and there were plenty enough water stations which is always nice. I think the mile markers were well abit strange lets say, but overall a good race. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: A good way to start In full: This was a pleasant and friendly race over an undulating course. It was ideal as a first race. It took place on a very hot day though and the start was delayed from 11am until about 11.40 to allow for latecomers so that virtually everybody would have been on the course at the hottest part of the day and no water was given out on course except in case of medical emergency. Nice for the vendors selling water at the start! Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Why the hell did I bother? In full: I ran this in 2003 as a jolly but 2004 was as a pre-mara training run. God knows why I went back. Poor access, over expensive and poor organisation at the start meant for the second time I had to jump over barriers to get some clear grass.
Fortunately it clashes with berlin this year so no chance of a repeat. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Lots of scary warnings for beginners In full: A well organised race. Lots of stewards. Plenty of warnings to beginners about this being a race and not just a walk round - almost put me off turning up! Not much space around the start and finish. I was glad I'd driven there the night before to suss out parking and facilities. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Fast course, not much to look at on the 1st half but the 2nd half along the Towpath was fine In full: The start was a bit chaotic but the course was well marshalled and I think the rain get the pedestrians away from the route Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Well... I saw all the mile markers!! In full: I did! My first half marathon - and great weather/course for it (after a couple of 10k hilly scorchers) Managed in 2h 10m, so was a PB for me! A bit confused at the finish, where it ACTUALLY was - so missed the official time (couldn't see it) and had to rely on my watch. Bananas a nice touch... Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Watch out for v.frequent yellow bollards, nearly lost my own bollards - twice! In full: Who stole the mile markers? Suggestions -More water next time and graded starting particularly because of narrow first 1-2 miles. Big cheer to friendly Milton Keynes running club - nice orange tops too. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Potentially a fast race In full: First half marathon and quite a good way to start. Very narrow at the start, which definitely slows you down. Missing mile markers. Nice and pretty flat, but there's the potential to get a pb, but only if the twisty turns and bridges don't put you off. But very enjoyable. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Great for the lazy first timer like me In full: In a moment of madness, I agreed to take up the challenge of the MK half marathon. All in all a great day with the following being the high (and low) lights of the day. - As many people have said toilets a problem at start, causing me to stop at 8 miles and then struggle to restart being a novice! - First 2 miles narrow, but this is as much due to poor maintenance from council than poor course route selection - Agree with others re finish - for those of us who took "a little longer" - it would be nice if finish was left clear purely for runners, and a seperate was made available for those leaving. For me it needs to be special at that stage of completion, not fighting your way through other pedestrians - Marshalls were brilliant and encouraging - especially in last 3 or 4 miles - Mile markers were difficult to see (or not there) in first 3 miles (compounded by congestion), and mile 12 seemed like the longest ever run / walked / driven - Makes me realise as a MK resident that it is not that flat and it is not such an ugly place after all. - Has given me the enthusiasm to continue running, which is no small achievement as a lazy heavy drinking and smoking individual! - Good medals, but need to ensure bags are available for all at the end (even the late finishers like myself. - great running on redways and having priority over cars. - Wish my ipod had not packed in at 9 miles! Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Nice enough race but for the finish. In full: The organisers really should segregate spectators/early finishers walking down the hill from those of us still running up the hill towards the finish line. I had to keep dodging people just to keep what little rhythm I had going.
Minor gripe to excuse my lack of training and poor time but could be looked at for future???
Appart from that (and the bunching for the first few miles and dodgy mile markers) it is a nice friendly race, well marshalled with good facilities. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: See notes below. In full: The race itself was well marshalled and organised, however they really ought to arrange more toilet facilities for next year to avoid many runners missing the start of the race. 1700 runners and about 8 toilets = massive queues and stress you can well do without prior to a run. I'm not alone in this - almost everyone else I spoke to was commenting on the lack of loos! Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Good overall, attention to a few details could make it special In full: Personally had no problems with parking directions. Showers and baggage facilities were a massive improvement on last year - well done. Personally didn't have a problem with the toilet facilities - although I did see some massive queues. Looks like there was no allowance for the increased field size this year - suggest they speak to the organisers of the Fleet Half and get some of the 6-man portaloo urinals. Personally I though the marshalling overall was good, apart from at the spiral climb for the bridge over the canal - need to block off the steps and stand at the slope directing, not tell people where to go as they run past. Only other issue was the mile markers as already mentioned. I know the start was downhill, but I don't believe I went through 1 mile in 4:58 (much as I would like to have done)! Date of review: July 25, 2005