In short: A bit disappointed to last year at Silverstone In full: Certainly worked the legs on the hill at mile 8. Nice scenery but mile markers could have been clearer. Toilets were a bit sparse as well. I preffered Silverstone last year but it has the potential to get better. I was disappointed in my time as it was the same as last year (1hr50 approx). Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Not THAT bad! In full: OK, so it's not the best organised race in the world and the goody bag wasn't very exciting (although I love Soreen so bonus for me!) but the worst thing about the delayed start was having to listen to that twerp (sorry, can't use the words I'd like to on a family forum) on the PA for even longer. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: great pre-marathon race! In full: The race consists of three identical loops. I found this a positive feature as I could see how even my pace was. NOTE: The course is multi-terrain and "undulating"--very do-able, but if you are looking for fast and flat, forget it. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Brillant as usual. Bit less water this year but the bogs made up for it. In full: This is a great run it is Wonderfully organised, has a steel band, a saxophonist, good local support, a hose down from the fire brigade and for once great weather. Fantastic. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: My first but it certainly wont be the last. In full: No problems everything seem to go like clockwork. Lots of drinks from the sponsors. A pothole 3 miles in caught me out though. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Great event, well organised and really enjoyable In full: This is the first half marathon I have run for over 10 years. It really feels like a big event with the elite runners and the support/atmosphere around the course, especially at the hospital. The course is definitely PBable, I cut a whole 6 minutes off mine, now down to 89 minutes. I will definitely run next year – thank you Hastings Lions Club! Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: I found the course very chilly In full: I will definatley wrap up warmer for next year, i didn't realise just how open it would be. The lucozade stations were fabulous, except all the tops from the bottles on the first station. I found it fast, fun and a good race for the family to spectate, especially when they get the chance to be in Jenson Buttons pit lane garage! WEll organised reccommend this one to anyone to do.
In short: One for the Diary In full: Despite the clear lack of pre race communication - the race was in fact a complete "joy" - atmosphere was great - water stations great - finish, hell, cos we kept running away from it in the latter stages - toilets frustrating - goody bags ok - baggage reclaim interestingly slow in the snow! Bus ferries a breeze to/from parking areas - marshalls brilliant - camaraderie great - men running behind trees 2 mins into race! interesting!! PB potential pretty good - number of competitors brilliant, no pushing/shoving to speak of. A pretty good deal all in all. Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: Apart from the debacle of the road congestion and slow parking (arrived at start 1 min to spare and started at the 2hr mark instead 1,30) a good race with excellent pb potential. Will get there earlier next year!! Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: The Flora Machiine eventually got its wheels oiled and produced a well-organised race - some great support from the public too. In full: The race packs were sent out at the last minute and the organisers asked for all the trouble they got over that. On the day though, it was nice to see the race start on time, well-marshalled, some entertainment on the route, and plenty of water/drinks from the sponsors.
Really enjoyed the race, and the company, and maybe with time it will become even better. Date of review: March 13, 2005