In short: My first half marathon, was well organised and I'll be back next year. In full: Was quite a tough course for a first timer, but managed to get round in under 2 hours (my target) though I'm in pain this morning! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: What a fantastic day. The weather was perfect. The scenery glorious. The organisation wonderful despite the increased numbers of runners everyone has In full: Being one of the slower runners I was expecting a long hard run. But in fact it was a pb course for me!! By 6 minutes. I have yet to break the 60 minutes but a pb is still that. The day was glorious and you couldn't ask for a more scenic route. The organisation was fantastic and the huge number of runners were managed well despite the couple of crowded areas at the start. This is definitely a race I would love to do again. The run in to the finish is specatacular Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Pleasant challanging run. Nice people. In full: As a newby to races (this being my first one) I was first daunted by the number of club runners at the event, but actually the marshalls made everyone feel welcome and that everyone's race times mattered. The hill was difficult right at the end, but not as bad as everyone made out.
In short: Good start to my running calendar for 2006 .. In full: It's a shame the weather didn't make up it's mind prior to the start.. freezing outside the clubhouse so I put on the layers, gloves and hat to find at the start all change.. Typical..!! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Flat (mostly) fast and well organsed - excellent marshalls In full: The course s mostly flat so the opportunty for a PB s definitely there. The marshalls organsed the car par superbly and were on hand to ensure you too the correct turns in the road. Small clusters of support were enthusiastc and friendly. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: straight out straight back local race which is well organised, found it hard going on the long drag out, spot on t-shirt, good parking, worth getting up on a sunday morning to try. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Good testing 10k in almost ideal conditions, but tad expensive overall In full: Great setting, testing course, stunning finish. Car park well marshalled on the way in. Plenty of parking. No changing, showering facilities apart from at own risk storage marquee. Expected more "To do" around the event, especially for spectators. Good family run marquee offering snacks etc, wide choice, good vfm, but run off their feet. Unique opportunity to run round a stately home's grounds in the company of like minded individuals. Entered on-line attached and stung for £2 more, which added to the feeling at the end of a nice but expensive race. Medal and some energy products I'll never use seemed a bit of a token gesture, especially as the medal wasn't even date stamped. Bulk purchase for several events and change the ribbon? Would consider doing again from a race point of view but put off by lack of vfm. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Challenging and enjoyable for first time half marathon, good race for moving up from 10K In full: This was an enjoyable race for me; the hills where a challenge but the scenery was nice. There was a fair mix of talent from very fast to very slow which helps if you are making a move from 10K running to half-marathon. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable experience. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Excellent race, well organised, wonderful setting In full: I arrived early (before the marshalls) and left promptly so avoided any problems getting in or out of the car park, and the queues for the loos.
It was my first 10k race for 2 years and despite the hills I managed something close to my average time. The hills are tough, but the descent to the finish is great. Date of review: February 6, 2006