In short: Excellent, friendly and challenging. In full: A very well-organised, picturesque and pleasant event with excellent marshalls (especially the gentleman with the life saving bananas at half-way).More prominent mile markers would be welcome next year. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: personally a tough half marathon - having done 7 halfs and 3 marathons in last 12 months - there is pain in them hills! In full: well organised for field size, doubious under foot in places, well marshalled and good feed stations - not sure about competing with Leeds traffic - Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Rated it special as I've now done 7 of them so its good to keep going back. PB potential because, despite a couple of hills there is a lot of flat and some fast downhills too. Give it a go - well worth it. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: My favourite race In full: Great atmosphere, having the 3 race distances really makes this event special - There is something for everyone. The icing on the cake is having water bottles instead of the usual plastic cups that are impossible to drink out of on the run. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Much better organised than previous years. Staggered start was a great idea. A down point though was the warm up at the start - cant we do it in the park rather than the starting area? Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Nice race although starts could be more organised In full: A nice race with excellent support en route - people lining the route at the end of the driveways for the majority of the course. Also a nice memento (a decent cap albeit one with a sponsors logo all over). I wonder how long before they ban them in Touchwood?
I do have a couple of gripes I'm afraid.
1) There were two starts this year - one for the 'quicker' runners, and one for the 'fun' runners.
This would have been fine had the runners in the second start not been stood in the way of the runners in the first start. I had to force my way through to the start line because of a number of people in the second start wanting to be at the front of their second race. I had to virtually fight my through the bank of second starters to actually get going. As a result I spent the first mile of the race weaving past people. I wasn't the only one this affected by this either.
Next year can I suggest keeping the 2 sets of starters definately separated rather than the free for all.
2) Mile markers not accurate. I was concerned to be not be going past the first mile marker until 9 mins 40 secs on my watch. Now I know I'm not the quickest runner but this didn't feel right at all. I then covered the next mile in 8 minutes pretty much exactly without changing my pace. I gave up on the markers after that. With a cycle computer available for less than £10 it can't be that difficult to get the markers in the right place. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Cracking race, well organised, a lovely route and nice scenery! In full: Reckon both the 10K and 10M could be quite quick. Had a shocker myself this year though, so will be back next year to make amends! And for a good charity too - a nice touch was the 'Leonard Cheshire Home' residents also taking part in the 10K in their wheelchairs with volunteers pushing them. A good race both for beginners and club runners alike. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Exceptionally well organised event In full: Doing this event knowing that the proceeds go to charity is not the only reason to participate. It's friendly, challenging and exceptionally well organised such that many event organisers could learn a few lessons from this one. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: The first of a very quick series of three 5k races. In full: This is a great race. Really fast dash round the footpath/cyclepath at Hilsea (Portsmouth) and the lido and back to finish in Mountbatten Centre. Well organised, incredibly accurate km markers (I used GPS and read 5 km exactly at the finish). Although mostly club runners I went with 2 friends who have never raced before and they were most welcome. I loved it! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Fantastic scenery and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No promotional rubbish in the goody bag either - just what you need (water, crisps and chocolate!). In full: Fantastic scenery and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No promotional rubbish in the goody bag either - just what you need (water, crisps and chocolate!). Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Flat & Friendly In full: A well supported 10k, great for fun runners. Would help if start wasn't quite so congested and slower runners didn't move to the front at the start! Definate PB potential if you can get away and wind is in your favour. Very well marshalled. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: A grand day out! In full: It was billed to me as "flat". It's not. Take my word for it. This a hardmans marathon, but super fun! The supurbe organisation makes you forget how hard it really is. Loads of support from marshals and locals out to watch.
Definitely do this one again and again and again... Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: A fast flat easy course (as long as not too windy). Well organised event although my only grumble would be inconsistent km markers: trust your instinct not the markers! Date of review: May 16, 2005