In short: Good enough run but baggage facilties and start very poor and let the event down. In full: The baggage check in was ridiculous and completely undermanned. Despite arriving an hour before the start and allowing 25 minutes to check my bag in I missed the start along with several others, given that the organisers were acknowledging the problem with the baggage checking, why couldn't the start be delayed 10 - 15 minutes?
The first couple of water stations were also well undermanned.
Well marshalled, good start/finish setting and reasonable course but missing the start spoiled my day somewhat. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Nice start and finish. Hard last 3-4 miles road run. Water stations better than last year but not perfect. In full: The start and finish of this race are great but of course where you really need the help at 10-13 miles there is scant public support because it's all busy main road - ie. not a nice place for supporters to hang out. The water stations were better than last year but still not as good as most previous SARHMs - give out either bottles or cups but don't mess about trying to pour water from 1/2 litre bottles into cups to give out, it takes too long. Of course will do it again though, as every year. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Lack of baggage storage a big minus. Good job it wasn't raining. In full: Have done this a few times before and there always used to be an Epsom Coaches Coach especially for baggage storage. Marshals were friendly and encouraging although there were a few dodgy road junctions without marshals. I took my own water but as it was a hot day think another water station would be welcome. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Much Harder Than Expected , Amazing Support In full: 1200ish runners , prize money , strong to weak competitors. Great fun but much harder than expecterd , massive bank after 5 miles and very up and down and hard on the body. Aching this morning.Great challenge ,better than the leeds half i did ealrier last month Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: A real let down. Took my family along for support and kids fun run. However, no fun run and had to pay parking fees for them to spectate. In full: Course was fine and a good circuit: However, i felt really let down by this event. I included this in a weekend trip from Cheshire visiting my family. Having persuaded my brother, his family and my family to turn out, i find that he's charged £8 to park as a spectator, despite having race runners in his car. Having accepted this and parked up, we then discover the advertised 1m fun run isn't taking place. So i have 2 disappointed ladies and 3 disapoointed children on my hands, having persuaded them to come along specifically for this. A third let down was on the course itself. Either i've got a hell of kick finish or the mile markers were hopeless. My splits for the first 4 miles ranged from 6.40 to 7.40 and then a last mile of 5.30! I may have varied a little but i'm usually pretty even paced around 6.45. How hard can placing reasonably accurate markers be?
Overall, a real let down. Particularly for the kids, who were really looking forward to a 1m run. There's no such thing as a 5m fun run for a 9 year old! I will be passing this feedback onto the organisers. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: The atmosphere is great but weaving up and down the racecourse isn't the most inspiring route In full: This is a great race and having run it twice now - once as a complete novice and once as someone who now regularly runs - it offers a good atmosphere and a pretty flat route.
Keeping most of it on the racecourse is a shame but does keep it fairly flat - it's just not that inspiring to run.
Great day out though! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it In full: Despite finishing in over 6 hours due to a knee injury, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The organisation was excellent, the marshalling was superb and the crowds were very very supportive. Would definitely give it another go, hopefully with no injuries!! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Excellent for first timer In full: My first half-marathon. Warm, friendly runners and spectators. Good route apart from last 3 miles with some hot sun, fast traffic and the odd couple of pedestrians / dog walkers! Thoroughly enjoyable - much better than I expected. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic In full: This is now one of my favourite races. After last year (2004) I said I would do this again, and make sure I have some marked improvement! Well I am going to do the run again, no promises with the improvement in time.
Really looking forward to this one! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: This was my first race ever and I have been told it is fairly friendly. It was well marshalled with lots of encouragement. Excellent goody bag at end. Only thing it lacked was an extra drinks station. Date of review: June 13, 2005