In short: this race is worth doing In full: very enjoyable race five of us got lost about two thirds of the way home too dehydrated and mentally not sharp cost me at least five places but these are the kind of races I live for scenic very challenging and good organization Date of review: September 10, 2005
In short: Very well organised, scenic route and good support In full: Two laps round the scenic countryside with some off road parts, the bridlepath was very uneven as it crossed a field at one point. A few hills to catch you out in the middle and near the end. And then another lap of the same! Good parking and facilities - well done Swinford! Date of review: September 10, 2005
In short: This is the third time I've run this one and it is always well organised. In full: It's also a very friendly race with local people coming out to cheer you on. Both this year and last were particularly hot and it is an exposed course, but that is not really the organisers' fault!! It is a hilly course, I always forget just how much of it is uphill, but none are particularly steep. Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: Hilly, hot ,hell In full: It was my first half marathon and running at home was good but the hills were punishing and distance markers could have been clearer. Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: Hilly, hot, and had to dodge murderous drivers - but fun! In full: My first ever half marathon, and I only started training three weeks before! I finished in 2.49 - which isn't brilliant, but hey, it is a personal best! It certainly converted me to the joys of distance running. It broke a psychological barrier, and now I know I can run a distance I am running faster than before.
The marshals were great at the start of the race, but they thinned out about half way through. At various points I had to stop for traffic, which was murder when I tried to start again, and for a first timer the hills were - let us say - daunting! But I liked getting out of the town, and seeing some countryside, on a nice hot day. At a few points I felt like I was about to get lost, as the marshalls weren't always there to point the way, but I only ran in the wrong direction once, and another runner quickly put me right. It was fun, all told, and I will definitely do it again. Wouldn't do the full marathon in Wolves though, because the same circuit twice might be depressing. The locals here were great though. A whole family started cheering as I went past, shouting "come on vegan!" refering to my teeshirt. So I must get faster, or everyone will think I ran slow because I am vegan, not because I never ran more than 10 k until three weeks ago! And that was four years ago. Oh, and it is my favourite race, because I only ever did one race before! Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: They can't predict the weather! Well organised, great value In full: Despite my illness between 10 and 23 miles due to heat and taking on too much water it was a euphoric feeling at the end. Excellent organisation, hats off to the marshalls, especially the loaner from Larkfield AC! Hope to do it next year.
In short: Fun, Enjoyable run. In full: Liked the wider start this year - avoided the first corner crush - but also missed the usual finish in the stadium. Chip to chip timing would be a significant improvement. Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: The main attraction of this race was the good and very friendly organisation. The downside was the poor state of the men's toilet facilities. The marshalls were plentiful and encouraging. The course was very flat, 50/50 mixture of parkland/'burbs. Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: Enjoyable! Tourist dodging apart In full: The really big benefit of this race being on a hot summery day is being able to drag those aching legs just a short distance to the nearest beach and have the next best thing to an ice bath Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: Well organised, and well planned 10k. In full: First year of doing the O2O 10k, but had heard positive reviews from last years race. Great organisation, got a large field off at exactly the right time, field size was spot on. A good course around Reading, a few early mile markers missing, and they maybe could have been a bit bigger, but great all round. First race after FLM this year, and a relaxing summer, so was good to get back into with a good race. Well done Oracle! Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: A superb example of how to organise a big race efficiently. The people of Glasgow did themselves proud yet again with excellent support for the weary & hot runners In full: If I could only do one race a year it would be this one, I've done the last 5 with varying degrees of success.
This is the only race I know where the WRVS provide tea & coffee at the end, superb even on such a hot day.
I do wish they would go back to the Saltmarket start, I don't see what the excitement of running over the Kingston Bridge is, especially as it is a big bottleneck.
This is not the cheapest 1/2 you can do but it is by far one of the very best. Date of review: September 9, 2005