In short: Fantastic laugh, good muddy fun! In full: This was my first race and it was excellent. The atmosphere was really friendly and the mud made you forget about the aches!! Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: The rain stopped just in time In full: I thought this was a really good event very well organised marshalls were very frendly and the hills were better than i expected i will be back next year 100% Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: A 1/2M that you must do before you hang up your trainers In full: If you do not like hills then do not do it. If you do not like rain then do not do it. If you do not like hard races then do not do it. If you enjoy running around faceless streets then do not do it. If you do not want to feel that you really earned your goody bag then do not do it. Me, I think it is bloody great. Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: worst weather conditions I've ever faced but well organised and very supportive marshalls In full: Very well organised, although the water at the 2nd water station was disgusting. Enthusiastic marshalls so a big thank you to everyone. Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: Wet, windy and hilly but still scenic and enjoyable In full: This was my first ever half, and even with the hills managed to better my target time. The marshalls were fantastic and cheery despite the miserable weather conditions which would have been worse for them than us runners. Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: definitely not flat In full: The hills are very tough, but the scenery is beautiful and it's quite special running to the finish line between the avenue of magnificent oak trees. The marshalls were encouraging too and Gibside loos are lovely, warm and clean! Loved the T shirt. Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: Lots of marshals with good signposts In full: Loads of toilets at the start, but never made it inside the main hall (the missus says bacon sandwich was good). Lots of marshals on the course, KMs were well marked (and seemed accurate to me) and even the water station at 7KM was advised in advance - good thinking.
I'm sure the organisers would have arranged less wind & rain if that were possible, but if you're racing in November, then what are people expecting? As for the parking, that was forewarned on the website (I parked near the finish, as opposed to the start, making for a really quick exit).
And I liked the chocolate medal - I really don't need another T Shirt and for £5 the race represents good value (I'm sure that I saw some people with mugs - were these optional/payable extras?) Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: Lovely wooded countryside, very friendly, very wet In full: Great race, though long hills in first couple of miles, at mile 9 and at mile 11, so no PB chance. Chest label chips were a bit of a palaver, and given the rain, would have been nice to have larger changing tent ... one gazebo does not a male changing room make..
Nice T shirt as well ! Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Great race, good flat course. In full: This was a great race. Sahme about the weather but then we have no control over that. I have never run in such awful conditions but this did not distract from the race at all. Rather large flood to wade through as no way round it. Good PB course albeit the wind in your face on last few miles was bad. Even managed to win a vet's prize. Will def be back to do this again. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Improved course - enjoyed the lake and the fields. Enthusiastic and encouraging marshals. In full: Thank you organisers for being honest about the course profile. Unlike other similar courses, you warned us there would be gentle ups and downs and I was therefore prepared. Weather wasn't that bad - wet yes, but I prefer that to scorching heat. Good to see Mick and Phil running again - inspiration and should be featured in runnersworld magazine. Thanks to the marshals for being so cheerful despite the pants weather. I look forward to next year's race. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Great run and well managed. I needed all the rain to cool me down after the hills!!! In full: I did not like the timing number! mine tore after about 3 miles and I found myself stabbing at my chest with a pin to get it back on. Looked like other runners were also having problems with the number ripping off.
All this hassle and it did not give an accurate chip time!!! Stick to the good old chip in future. Date of review: November 7, 2005