In short: Lack of water In full: I thought I was the only one who thought water was scarce. The weather, well it is the summer, so you have to expect it.I think the delay made it hard, being told it was 15 minutes, which turned into 40 minutes. Great medal, t-shirt and sandwiches at end. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Nice flat course, PB potential if not too hot! In full: Missed my H/M target time by 10 mins due to unbelievably hot conditions. Not helped by delay at the start and not enough water stations, although I did managed to get a water bottle at each station. Finish area was a bit manic and it didn't help watching runners have to dip sweaty hands into water barrels to get desparately needed cups of water. Medal and sandwich were very nice though! Pre-race organisation was excellent. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Low-key and friendly event involving 3 laps to include this attactive village and surrounding countryside. In full: One of my favourite half-marathons despite the remote location. Framlingham is an attractive village surrounded by scenic countryside. This year's event was wonderfully supported by marshals and residents, and the only downside was the weather (temp in 90s!). Will return next year. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Whilst heat was out side the control of the organisers, starting on time and adequate water is (but was not) In full: Having never been to Blackpool before I wasn't sure what I was letting myself in for. I'd describe the route as dull - running between sand dunes bores after a while; Blackpool is like it is on the TV - drunk offensive stag / hen doos at 19 miles not fun; generally lacking in atmosphere - even in Blackpool, but worse you run the last six miles (out and back) north of the finsh where its effectively dead.
This year (2005) very hot - I've been told high 20s degrees C and higher in suntraps on the dunes and along the promanade. Whilst it was to be expected that it would be warm and this was exceptional (or with global warming is it?) - the 50 minute delay to the start (Partially because the marshalls hadn't been deployed) meant it just got hotter. To make matters worse there was just not enough water - completely gone at the first water station (shared with the 1/2 M) and missing / gone between 8 and 14 miles and from there on available as plastic cups filled from buckets.
Also disapponting that the same T-shirt for both M and 1/2M.
On the plus side well set up finish, excellent medal and an Egg Mayo Sandwich. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Lovely relaxed atmosphere In full: Didn't run well but still a lovely race - Minty mat, is that you Mr Penney? You should have got a coaster, very nice one too, I'll see if there are any leftovers for you! Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Terrain like you have never seen before ! In full: Running on one of the hottest (if not the hottest) days of the year was probably not the best of ideas but this race would have been hard enough at 20 degrees, let along 33. Route comprised largely of single trackways hidden in grass, so maintaining a constant pace was hard, especially with the stiles and running on the beach during the latter parts of the course. Not that any of this is bad, don't get me wrong, makes for a good change from pounding tarmac. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: First ever race, had a great time despite searing heat... In full: Amazing stadium made this a great venue. Encouraging marshalls and plenty of water half-way. Very welcome cold sponges at the end. Organisers lovely to the children who enjoyed their races and were chuffed with their medals. Pace seemed fast to a newbie but there was a good handful of us slower finishers who were received generously. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Good challenging course In full: Well organised and friendly. However in light of the temperature perhaps more water should have been made available across the course. I had no problem with the memento but it would have been nice to have it year-dated. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Great race, got a PB In full: Shame about the very poor PA at start, very difficult to understand unless you were close enough to the speaker to hear without the PA! Massed start was a problem, no gradings for projected finsihing time.Great to have the results on internet the same eveing, well done Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: Well organised - friendly 10k - highly recommended. In full: Well... it was HOT but we would complain if it was raining!... Nice route on the whole - good mix of runners... good water stations - efficient marshalls and really good t-shirts. Will make it a regular! Date of review: June 20, 2005