In short: Probably my favourite half marathon to date and I've done around 10 in the past few years. In full: I last ran this race in 2002 when BUPA were the main sponsors. The excellant organisation didn't disapoint and was more than equal to the BUPA year. I was very pleasantly surprised and it was a nice finishing touch to end up meeting Steve Cram in the hotel and having breakfast with Liz Yelling gave us all lots of encouragement. Liz was a throughly pleasant down to earth lady and we had a great deal running experiences to chat about. Would have loved to see her at the end to congratulate her on her excellant second place having just coming back from injury. Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Well worth the effort. Ideal route for runners of all standards (that have trained) In full: Warmer weather than last year, though I did get my PB then. Organisation and marshalling still excellent (professional attitude, friendly and encouraging). Disapointing turn out didn't do justice to those of us who did the race. Don't be put off by the "hills". They will test and tire you, but it is Leicesterchire, not Cumbria.
Shame about the main sponsors withdrawing, but hopefully the event will be bigger next year. Hard to see how it could be better, though. Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Heat, stupid marshals and stupid design In full: Was told i could not get back into the finish area to get a second bottle of water by a sweaty plain-agreesive cooncil man. Suppose it would be pushing it to ask for it in 26C heat after a 13 mile run. Bottleneck start, bottleneck bridge, poor post finish line organisation. It's getting worse every year. Evening Times would be up in arms against it. If it didn't sponser it.
I've said my piece here on page five: http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/47280.html
In short: fourth time but probably my last In full: The heat was a nightmare compounded by no water at the finish - come on guys! Getting round was a struggle - the guys with the hoses deserve a medal! Addition of Kingston Bridge makes this a slow race now Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: well organised, nice to have an afternoon race In full: Very well supported. Enjoyable route except for the long long hill & traffic calming bumps. Only 1 official water station though - the extra water provided by a small group of children was very welcome. Running round the school field at the beginning remineded me of games lessons Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: very well marshalled, good facilities In full: Glad I had driven round the route beforehand (not intentional)as I knew to expect the long hill at the end. Nice race, well organised. The info I received with my number could have been better (just a map) hence driving the route to find my way to the start Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Challenging quiet & scenic In full: I thought change of route reduced the hill a little! Large numbers meant very squashed start - crowds and bollards made it more difficult. I was a little thrown by the zigzag finish. But great fun Date of review: October 5, 2005
In short: Nice race in peaceful surroundings. Bit hilly but ok for first 10K In full: This was my first 10K and although a bit hilly, was reasonably fast - what goes up must come down! Ability was mixed. You get a bottle of drink afterwards but no other goodies (unless I missed them). Seemed pretty well organised with marshalls, markers, water etc. Will be going again in 2005. Date of review: October 5, 2005