In short: My second time running this one In full: A quite challanging course,which is probably why I did it again,and I managed to knock 4 minutes off my previous P.B.!! One gripe,why the 1:00p.m. start? If it started at say 10:00 we'd finish before it gets too hot instead of starting at the warmest part of the day. Four people died on the G.N.R. last week due to the weather conditions so let's minimise the risk! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Enjoyed the race, even the hill..start could have been better In full: Not a bad race, organisation could have been better. Could have done with someone pushing people towards the start as it was a fair trek from the changing area. Race started with no warning, just someone firing the gun, could have done with some count down as most of us were chatting when the gun went off. No water on the course, it got warm as well, so would have been nice to have a water station. Diary at the end was a bit naff. I did Aldbourne previous week and got a quality t-shirt and mars bar...for same money!! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Superbly organised, good PB potential In full: Well done to the organisers and marshalls. The race was excellent, uncrowded, a straightforward route with some long but gentle inclines, good T shirt at the end, and I got a PB. Recommended. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Worked well, would getting bigger spoil it? In full: Good turnout of support from villagers, happy marshalls good organisation, a little harder than expected and sunny weather a bit of a surprise, wind manageable.Ideal for runners of all abilities and made very welcome. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Was mostly grass running with some very tough hills. In full: I anticipated running this race at around the 50 minute mark. However due to some very tough hills during the first 4K I managed to get just under the hour (58 minutes).
The event was very well run, but the course was mostly run on grass which was very un-even with some troublesome pot holes.
All in all a good run, but no PB potential here I'm afraid. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Really good fun, I'm glad i put all that training in!!!! In full: Excellent fun. I'd been warned about the hills but they weren't as bad as I'd expected. The only bad momnet was when I thought I was going mad between 9 and 11 miles - the 10 mile sign was missing!! The joy of realising I'd done 2 instead of 1 miles made up for it though. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Great scenery, but hot, hilly and what the hell was going on in the car-park? In full: My first half marathon, pre-race I thought it was generally well organised to start with apart from the lamentable lack of toilets (a billed 'record' 6,000 runners, could they not have thought this element through a bit more and prevented multiple 'go and find a tree' incidents?) The atmosphere was very friendly though, marshalling was great, course was beautiful but very tough - we all knew it was going to be hilly but it would have been much better to run it earlier in the day to avoid the heat. The biggest single downside was the farcial car-park exits at the end. We needed proper lanes, proper marshalling and more than one exit. I'd do it again though, just for the scenery. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Fantastic Race, A Definate For Next Year In full: A really well organised race a great challenging course. One of the best ive done this year. Will be at the start next year. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Made me proud of the City! In full: What a debut! Such a great event with a great turnout from runners and supporters alike and Marlon Devonish as starter as wel. The loop back throught the start/finish area after a couple of miles was really uplifting, but where were those mile markers? I didn't see one until 6 - apparently there were markings on the road, but isn't that to tell the man where to put the signs? All in all a great start to what must become a regular date on the running calendar Date of review: September 26, 2005