In short: Half Marathon: Why oh why haven't I done this before? In full: What an amazing event!!! I remember reading about the marathon years ago and thinking I'd like to do it one day, and I one day I will. This year I was only able to take part in the Half.
The organisation was excellent - everythng was where and what we'd been led to expect or better (ie 3 water stations on the half when we'd been told there would only be 2). Some of the later mile markers were either missing or not prominent enough but that would be my only gripe, and as someone who wears a Garmin GPS I knew where I was anyway.
The course was well marshalled and the marshals were cheerful, encouraging and friendly.
The start seemed a little bit crowded (quart into a pint pot was the phrase that sprang to my mind) but the size of the field was just right and we soon spread out.
The course looked to be uphill for most of the first 7 miles if not further and yet my split times, and my legs, told me otherwise . . so there's some sort of optical illusion going on there.
I loved the steep downhill sections and just raced down the middle, watching very carefully where I was going as I hurdled the kerbstones laid across the middle of the path.
The scenery was just breathtaking and I can't wait to get back and see more of it. It more than made up for the lack of support along the way although there was a hard core of supporters driving just ahead of us who appeared at several points cheering their respective runners on.
I've done a lot of races this year and enjoyed almost all of them but this one goes to the top of the pile and it's going to take a very special event to dislodge it.
Very many thanks to all concerned at Matlock AC, their friends, families and supporters. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Tough, well organised and friendly but the traffic is horrendous In full: Every bit as hard as the rumours say- only a couple of the hills are really steep, but its the sheer number of them that wears you down.Good organisation and lots of water/sponge stations, the only downside is that you are frequently running on the side of the road alongside heavy,fast and usually impatient traffic. I suffered for the last 10 miles, but the fast final mile at least lets you claw back a bit of time.Definitely a race to be experienced ! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Very uneven ground so hard on the ankles! In full: Described as "track and field" but should have been bumps and ruts! Definately not one for a personal best but a thoroughly enjoyable day out, good organisation and a challenging run. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Got a pb despite the crowds In full: Well I got a pb, so I'm happy. However it was very crowded, I did elbow a good few people (not intentionally!) and had to slow down to let the fasties pass by the bus station!
An additional water station at 8k, by the river would be very welcome!
Stadium finish is fantastic!
2nd time I've done this and I'll definitely do it again. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Great, great and great again In full: Scenery - What can I say, whitehorses, Avebury, Silbury Hill and great views across the downs. Even in the pouring rain this was wildly atmospheric
Atmosphere - A great mix of runners and walkers gave plenty of chances to chat, say hello and generally give you people to keep you going. Enjoyed every minute.
Organisation - Race pack arrived shortly after posting my cheque. Directions, race route were fine. Hint: laminate your course details! Marshalls were amazing and cheery considering it poured. Pasta meal provided at end including ambrosia cream rice with jam (bring it on!), showers etc.
Value - Great. Meal included, pottery mug for finishing.
Overall - Best thing I've done. If you are thinking of giving this event a go... then do it 'll make you smile. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: More of a cross country than I was expecting, very muddy and several choke points on course In full: Having a bridge that only two people can cross 700m into the race created a massive choke point which you had to wait quite a while to cross. It was like having two starts... You wont get a PB onb this course unless you are in the first group to cross. Very nice race otherwise. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: very well organised and enjoyable races In full: Thanks to the organisers, marshalls etc. This was a very well organised race. I enjoyed the 10k - a bit hilly- the same course as the Lung run. I also entered the 5k to support my partner and my sister both first timers. We found it to be beginner friendly there was lots of encouragement from the crowd and marshalls which was nice. We would all do this race again. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Fab organisation - good cause - great kids race - makes your legs work with those "hills" In full: really nice family event, being able to run the 10K and be back in time to run with the family in their 1K was really nice, walking away with all 3 of us having the same medal, goody bag etc. was a nice touch - my 5 year olds first race - so thanks. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Reverse the course? In full: Did the race yesterday and enjoyed it. One thought, why not reverse the course and save the hassle with the narrow bridge at the start? Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: First ever race - think I picked one of the best!! In full: Only ever done the FLM before so this was my first ever race... all I can say that if every race I try is as well organised, has such a nice route and friendly competitors I'll be a very happy bunny!! Oh, and as long as my times get a lot better as well!!! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: A little gem! With a limit of 500 it's a shame there seemed less than 200 runners on the day. Nice course, good orginisation, friendly and efficient water stations. Worth running just for the lovely reception from the locals of Wicken village. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: well organised, friendly atmosphere In full: Well done winchester, a good race and well marshalled despite traffic on roads. A few more hills than some were expecting but I was very happy with my time for a first 10km road race. Date of review: May 23, 2005