In short: I just love this race! In full: 3rd year in succession for me, and i will keep coming back. The organisation is simply as good as it gets. Good pre-race pack (wish more organisers would include the course profile); excellent marshalling and signposting; plenty of drinks; even separate stalls for different T-shirt sizes. Every little detail seems to have been thought of.
It's a tough course - about as hard as a road half marathon gets. Some of the hills are brutal. But once you get out into the countryside after 3 miles it's lovely and scenic and a pleasure to run. Perfect preparation for a spring marathon.
Weather today was just perfect - blue skies, no wind, chilly without being cold - and that helped with the congestion at the start (which has been a problem in previous years) by letting people run on the grass in the park.
It's justifiably popular and must also congratulate the organisers for not increasing the limit on the number of runners - it's the perfect size, giving you lots of company as you go round without creating any logjams. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Now that I have had a nap and have recovered a bit I can write my review! In full: Nice countryside, well organised and as someone has already said more water would be good. And oh .......the hills are quite a challenge. A civiised 10.30 start is a bonus! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: good race for a p.b In full: Start was good for me near the front, the course is ideal gradual incline to just before halfway and great to run back faster than going out. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Enjoyed it and ran well, but could be better In full: I ran a PB (taking 17mins off my previous best) but that was more to do with my training than the course, which due to a few steep inclines is not the quickest you will find.
I had a problem getting a drink at both the 2nd and 3rd water stations and felt they could have been better organised - the first had tables on both sides of the road, why didn't the other two?
There were also roads with cars on the same side of the road as you and I didn't enjoy running in amongst the exhaust fumes.
On the whole I would recommend it, the facilities were good and the overall management of that number of runners seemed good. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: a good friendly race In full: I would have liked a drink of water at the Sports Centre before the race and all the taps were labelled ' do not drink this water ' Poor before a race _ i know I shoulds have had a drink with me but I thought there would be something available at a Sports Centre Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Excellent race and will be back In full: Definitely PB potential on this course, with good organisation and marshalling etc. Start a bit rough due to the numbers and being so quick. A few people were pushed over this year, and there was a lot of elbowing going on, probably due to slower runners starting too far forward. In general though, a good race. Well done and thanks to the organisers Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A very pleasant start to the racing season for me. Good course and only one challenging hill! In full: For all those that have complained, I suggest they read their emails closer next time. It clearly stated that online entrants should pick up their number at the registration desk on the day of the race!
This worked like clockwork - well it did for those of us than can read!!
Not only did you waste your registration fees you have made yourselves look foolish for complaining when the organisers are at fault! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Lovely route, amateur feel, but very friendly. In full: The typical pitfalls of a smaller race- lack of toilets etc, and had the postoffice man complaining about the club using his village when they weren't based there so the place was rammed with cars. But a lovely atmosphere, not too hilly but challenging, and pretty environment. Date of review: February 5, 2006