In short: Watch out for v.frequent yellow bollards, nearly lost my own bollards - twice! In full: Who stole the mile markers? Suggestions -More water next time and graded starting particularly because of narrow first 1-2 miles. Big cheer to friendly Milton Keynes running club - nice orange tops too. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Potentially a fast race In full: First half marathon and quite a good way to start. Very narrow at the start, which definitely slows you down. Missing mile markers. Nice and pretty flat, but there's the potential to get a pb, but only if the twisty turns and bridges don't put you off. But very enjoyable. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Great for the lazy first timer like me In full: In a moment of madness, I agreed to take up the challenge of the MK half marathon. All in all a great day with the following being the high (and low) lights of the day. - As many people have said toilets a problem at start, causing me to stop at 8 miles and then struggle to restart being a novice! - First 2 miles narrow, but this is as much due to poor maintenance from council than poor course route selection - Agree with others re finish - for those of us who took "a little longer" - it would be nice if finish was left clear purely for runners, and a seperate was made available for those leaving. For me it needs to be special at that stage of completion, not fighting your way through other pedestrians - Marshalls were brilliant and encouraging - especially in last 3 or 4 miles - Mile markers were difficult to see (or not there) in first 3 miles (compounded by congestion), and mile 12 seemed like the longest ever run / walked / driven - Makes me realise as a MK resident that it is not that flat and it is not such an ugly place after all. - Has given me the enthusiasm to continue running, which is no small achievement as a lazy heavy drinking and smoking individual! - Good medals, but need to ensure bags are available for all at the end (even the late finishers like myself. - great running on redways and having priority over cars. - Wish my ipod had not packed in at 9 miles! Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Nice enough race but for the finish. In full: The organisers really should segregate spectators/early finishers walking down the hill from those of us still running up the hill towards the finish line. I had to keep dodging people just to keep what little rhythm I had going.
Minor gripe to excuse my lack of training and poor time but could be looked at for future???
Appart from that (and the bunching for the first few miles and dodgy mile markers) it is a nice friendly race, well marshalled with good facilities. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: See notes below. In full: The race itself was well marshalled and organised, however they really ought to arrange more toilet facilities for next year to avoid many runners missing the start of the race. 1700 runners and about 8 toilets = massive queues and stress you can well do without prior to a run. I'm not alone in this - almost everyone else I spoke to was commenting on the lack of loos! Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Good overall, attention to a few details could make it special In full: Personally had no problems with parking directions. Showers and baggage facilities were a massive improvement on last year - well done. Personally didn't have a problem with the toilet facilities - although I did see some massive queues. Looks like there was no allowance for the increased field size this year - suggest they speak to the organisers of the Fleet Half and get some of the 6-man portaloo urinals. Personally I though the marshalling overall was good, apart from at the spiral climb for the bridge over the canal - need to block off the steps and stand at the slope directing, not tell people where to go as they run past. Only other issue was the mile markers as already mentioned. I know the start was downhill, but I don't believe I went through 1 mile in 4:58 (much as I would like to have done)! Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: What a lovely course. In full: My 3rd Half Marathon of the year, and by far the most scenic, yes it was a bit narrow at the begining and mile markers 2 and 3 I kinda missed but other than that it was a great race. Thanx to all the Marshalls for their cheering and clapping, and what a pleasure to have water that tasted like water too! Vewry well organised, I would do it again and I managed a PB... Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: There is just no pleasing some people. Its different and well marshalled. MUCH better than trudging round on a training run. In full: After the blazing heat of my last 2 the rain was a very welcome addition. At my pace the raised decking was interesting. Twistly bridges .. who cares. Marshalls were very good. Course is narrow in first mile, but who want to go charging off anyway. Its up to us the 2 hour bunch to start further back. Personally I prefer to have closed roads and watch inconsiderate car drivers stew. (God how I hate them). You haven't seen bunching until you're tried the GRN. PS whoever I was speaking to with the silver BMW .. wow. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: The t-shirt tells the story In full: This was a very well organised race, my thanks to Peter, and all the marshalls. The hills were a bit easier this year due to drier weather and some hill work in my training. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: The course is very narrow so for the first few miles when the field is adjusting it was stop and start. Difficult to get a rhythm. There is potential for a PB though if you can get clear quickly. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Tough,challenging 10K that deserves more support In full: First time I've entered this race.The course is tough-it undulates continuously and I found the steep downhills particularly punishing.I wouldn't recommend it to beginners,but for regular racers it offers a hard,hilly challenge that's a real contrast to most road 10K's.I finished about 1.5-2 minutes slower than for a flatter 10K.Several major plusses-plenty of room to run with no traffic,easy access to venue and facilities,great organisation with real commitment and enthusiasm from those involved,generous prizes and a friendly,mixed field.Early Friday evening was also a perfect time to race and I was surprised there wasn't a bigger turn-out.I hope the organisers persevere as it's something different and well worth doing unless you're already racing at the weekend-you'll need to recover! Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: Nice course, terrible weather! In full: Well marshalled. Nice course for beginners although it seemed a fast race, with only few finishers over the 2 hour mark. Despite the weather everyone was friendly and the parking and facilities were good. Not very impressed with "goody bag" I'm sure small medal would have been cheaper. Date of review: July 25, 2005
In short: A good fast course.. In full: Despite fears that the start would be delayed -it ended up starting on time. The mile markers were a bit patchy at the start and I have strong doubts about the positioning of miles 1 and 12.
Support was good. Everything went smoothly and I enjoyed the race despite the rain.
In short: fast, flat and a lovely second half along the tow path In full: Great PB potential (I got one!) and the rain was welcome. My impressions as a first-timer here were that this is a very well established race attracting all the local clubs with a fine course that makes fast times likely. Because of this no extra effort is made re info for changing/parking/welcoming of newbies etc. The information however was all provided with the race number, and the marshalls were excellent. It did however feel a bit "in the know" when you arrived. Next year I shall park nearer and join the "in the know" majority! Date of review: July 25, 2005