In short: This was one of my first races id ever taken part in as a beginner!! In full: Good race - nice to do some evening races for a change!! cannot wait to run this race again !! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Once again the Plymouth half lives up to its reputation as one of the very best half marathons in the country. In full: A half that has 63 minute Kenyans at the front and 4 hour charity runners at the back, starting and finishing in one of Englands finest coastal settings, and offering after race goodies & goody bags second to none. Only word of complaint heard among fellow runners afterwards was that there were no veggie pasties, only meat ones. If there is a better half marathon in this country, point me to it. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Beautiful under forest canopy, as refreshing as the green T shirt In full: Thetford forest is one of the UK's under-rated wonders. Well draining land meant the rain later didn't turn the course into a quadmire. I suffered from a weekend's boozing, definitely not the best prep for a half marathon, but was refreshed by the smell of pine as I panted to the finish. Surprised myself with 1:39, PB at Grunty Fen last year was 1:38 and that's a dead flat road race in the Fens! Maybe a weekend's booze has some merit...? Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Only got 1/2 way this year so I've still to earn my cetificate, I've saved a space for it!. In full: PB potential & Beginner friendliness? It's not that kind of race. Very friendly, but serious dedication required. Difficult to know what to expect before attempting this race, it's so much more than a marathon or an extended moorland excursion (24+6 miles) which was my hardest previous experience. Everyone says start slow and you'll get slower, how slow is slow? VERY SLOW!!! I'd trained up to 40 miles and been out again the next day fresh as a daisy, so I thought I was really up for this but I completely seized up after 78 miles. Great atmosphere, even though you can spend a lot of time alone it's like being joined by elastic to the group around you. DON'T attempt this to be macho, it's far too hard for that. RESPECT for ALL finishers in whatever time cannot be over emphasized. Don't plan too much for Monday. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Brilliant organisation, great race, tough finish. In full: Must be the best organized race around. Plenty of helpfull marshalls, and start and finish run like clockwork. Free food and drink at finish with no queues! Other races could learn a thing or two!. Good crowds around the course, especially on hills at Saltram and the finish, where you really need support. Could not recommend it too highly. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: so tough I was glad to see the cemetery gates! In full: a real tough one- as I'd wanted- and had I had any breath left after the mile 9 climb, I would've breathed a sigh of relief as I drew level with the cemetery gates (which marked the summit of the last hill). Big thanks to all the super friendly marshals for supporting a tortoise among the many hares on the course! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: tough and challenging comes to mind, but very enjoyable In full: 2 days later and still have aches and pains,this event is a great builder upper for the tough guy events down birmingham. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: A really enjoyable offroad event well marshalled and well supported by the spectators. In full: Enjoyed the race more this year thanks to the rain helping you cool down in the 2nd half. Scenic course and a welcomed downhill finish! Hope to be back next year! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Well organised, well marshalled, field not too big or small, undulating, scenic and fun In full: A pleasant surprise. Well organised, slick race. First mile is mostly uphill but it's not ridiculously steep. Mile 2 largely flat, miles 3 and 4 mostly downhill and mile 5 is uphill but again not ridiculous.
Not sure you can totally trust the mile markers - mile 2 appeared to be long with 3 and 4 possibly short, 5 seemed about right.
The course is faster than it may appear if you judge your effort right! Everyone gets a coaster for finishing, prizes up the front aren't overly generous (if that's your thing) but overall it's a cracking race that I really enjoyed doing. But you'll run a faster time somewhere else if you're in shape to do so. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Excellent four race series In full: All four races challenging - called 'Hilly' not just because of the sponsorship but also cos of the terrain. All are tough and being on consequetive days makes it harder but well worth doing especially if you're bored with the 'round the park' type of event. Fourth race is the hardest - 2 miles uphill (very steep in places) followed by 2 miles back down. Only minor gripe - would have liked a better (medium) t-shirt to celebrate doing all four races. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: An excellent day. My second half marathon ever. Great run. In full: The forest track seemed either so sandy it was like running on a beach or rather stony. But over all a great race. I finished waaaay at the back but happy with my time all the same. Water in cups? (I presume that's normal but not easy to run with). Very good organisation and atmosphere. Date of review: May 31, 2005