In short: Fantastic Organisation ... Excellent Course In full: Although slightly critical of the course when it was first published ... I take it all back. It was brilliant with some very challenging sections. Did the GNR last Sunday and the Godiva topped it on all counts. Cannot fault it for anything .. apart from the missing mile markers (although there were markers painted on the road).
This has the potential to become the "Must Do" Half Marathon in the Midlands.
The organisers did a fantastic job and deserve all the praise they are getting.
In short: Great Race ! In full: Oh my god, where did those hills come from. Great race and very well organised. Could done with a few more mile markers. Enough water stations a great suuport. See you next year Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Nearly cross country? I'd say very much so! In full: Certainly a challenging course. Good weather conditions (even a cooling shower towards the end) and a relatively small field (about 560 registered for this, compared with 3000 at some Cancer Research runs) were somewhat offset by the forest trails that made up the majority of the course being turned into a quagmire by recent rain! Some of the course had to be single file in order to get through, there were several challenging hills (and descents), the final hill at the 9k mark being one too far for me to run! The traverse across a hill towards the house at the 7k mark has left me with some new blisters, though the house and grounds proved a welcome distraction. All in all a good day, but some of the non-runners seemed quite dismayed at the nature of some of the obstacles - perhaps this should be spelled out in more detail on their website before people sign up. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Excellent. My first half marathon in my local park. Great atmosphere. In full: I had loads of supporters which really helped and knowing the park really well meant all the undulations didn't faze me. Really enjoyed the whole day apart from getting out of the car park. I should have cycled! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A well organised Ten miler In full: It is easy to see why this race has reached it's 25th Birthday. It is well organised and has loads of marshalls it also generates a warm atmosphere by virtue of the fact that some of the runners have run this many times. I thought the team prizes were a good idea especially the team of ten (male or female) This was my first LB10 it will not be my last. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: VERY undulating but a great atmosphere carries you along In full: Made even better by the forum marquee! Took almost as long to get out of the car park though. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: beautiful scenery and friendly runners In full: Fabulous place to run, and the hill was fun. Nice gentle downhill 1km to the end. Agree with others about lack of water and bathroom facilities though. Definitely recommend it just to run through the lovely park. Very friendly runners to chat to in the race, and they all tracked me down at the end to see how I went - really nice. Even found a fellow Kiwi. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: was my first time in a big field ill know better next time In full: people walking after only 2 km was a bit much specially when your trying to get round them seem to spend the whole run passing people who kept slowing down for some reason. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenary and friendly runners - who could ask for more? In full: First time I've come by car, and I think I'll go back to the train next year as 2500 cars and one gate is always going to be a problem! Apart from that minor niggle, the race itself is excellant, well marshalled (thanks all!) and through some of the best scenary of any 1/2M. Well done the organisers (again!) Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: most fun i've had in a hairy, sweaty, black suit! In full: This was the most fun race i've done in a long time. Totally manic atmosphere but what a laugh. I spent most of my time running behind a guy called Elton Kong... so if you're out there, good on ya mate! A great worth while charity, very well organized and a great day out... cheers guys.
will be back next year for sure Phil Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Wow! Very tough, not a flat bit in sight and very windy! In full: This was my first half as part of my training for NY. Should probably have chosen a flatter race! It was very hilly and made even more challenging by the vers strong winds that at times made it hard to breathe. Extremely well organised race, very friendly people, great goody bag! The scenery was breathtaking, it was what kept me going! Will definitely do it again next year in the hope of less wind and no back ache... so a better time! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Though a first timer, I realy enjoyed the whole event. In full: Excellent facilities, loads of drink stations, wonderful scenery, heart lifting support but a truly challenging course A brilliant day. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: fast, flat ,good organisation what more could you want! In full: i ran the frist Swansea Bay 25 years ago and have nearly always enjoyed it ! Km marked - if anything too fast on the way out so you struggle back . Finishing organsiastion is excekllent and childrens races firsat -something for everyone Date of review: September 25, 2005