In short: Enjoyed the race day :) In full: Was slightly concerned with the hills on this one, but experienced runners are not going to do this for PBs. This out and back course was trickier in the first half than the second I felt. Once I worked out the initial downhill wasnt going to be encountered going back, it made it easier to finish. Also finding someone to run with for the second half kept the focus on.
Negative bits... few toilets. And I'm thinking they might want to have a word with the local constabulary to help out. Couple of impatient drivers were putting some runners off their stride at crossing points.
However, there are lots of plus points on this one. Its friendly both participants and marshals. Good organised parking. The organisers seem proud of their event which is good because that means they care. The views are good; the route is a bit traily which makes it interesting. Energy gels on route for those who wanted them. Goody bag ok, esp if you like beer. No medal but technical t-shirt with great design. Fantastic to see a massage section on donations - I tend to pay the same either way, but its appreciated to see so many of them give up their sundays to help out.
I can see myself doing this again as a challenge rather than a race. Date of review: September 6, 2010
In short: A superb race brilliantly organised In full: This was only my first running of this race but I'll be back for sure. Shaving 10 secs off the PB in a crazy dash across the field at the end capped a great run with terrific scenery, perfect weather for running and near-faultless organisation. The enthusiasm from the marshalls really kept me going and it was good to see so many familiar and friendly faces on course as I struggled around. Date of review: September 6, 2010
In full: I really enjoyed this event from the start the novelty of everyone singing The National Anthem before setting off really gave us motivation.I have done lots of half marathons regularly using my Garmen and to my horror realised today I had forgotten it but I think it turned out the best thing.It has been a long time since I could say I really enjoyed a race.The scenery was spectacular lovely views and it was lovely running through the coolness of the woods.I managed to fall over twice the second one a bit more spectacular than the first so have a few grazes and ache a bit today I think I must have got tired but despite this it was just such a great race.I ended up one minute 8 seconds over the two hour mark but didn't care the feeling of achievement was great.Loved the goodies at the end great T shirt and my husband loved the beer can't wait for next year. Date of review: September 6, 2010
In short: Good fun In full: Good to have a 9am start - over and done with nice and early with the rest of the day to recover. The hills were a bit bigger than I expected but the event was well organised & a lot of fun. Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Prepare for the hills. What goes up must come down!! In full: My 2nd Badger half, and tougher than I remember from last year!! I was fitter then which is probably why. The race is fantastic, loved it all the way up and back down ;-) Organisation was really good, just one more marshal towards the end would have been good as a few people seemed to miss the entrance to the pathway. But in truth that was the most minor of grips in an otherwise flawless race (cant believe I have even bothered to type about the that small negative).
Do this race next year, its fantastice!! Date of review: September 5, 2010