In short: Pleasant but unremarkable, flatish, traffic free course. Not 100% smooth organisation, but great medal! In full: Nice to run on traffic free roads, and even the rain and wind was better than the weather I left at home! Think it would be a fast course on a good day, but 3 mins outside PB today in 1:46 and found the wind tough from 8-12M. Thought the start and the finish could have been better laid out - long way to get water & hot drinks at the end. But I did get my medal and its fab! Would do it again if it were more local to me, but its a two hour drive, so not sure. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Not flat but a good course. In full: When i read flat, it means flat. It is probably a x between somewhere between undulating and flat. The organisation was good with the exception of the bag drop, that was pretty poor. Everything else was good, the marshalls were great, the massage tent was good fun and great value. Would do this race again for sure. A good early HM. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Very pleasant run, kit tent was a problem though In full: Probably due to the cold and wet the kit tent queue was ridiculous, especially after the loo queue. Nearly missed the start although arrived in plenty of time. Race was good, and the sun even came out, the drink stations were excelent - overall quite rewarding. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Great race and course, however seriously let down by lack of organisation at the start In full: I loved the race and the route, and the atmosphere was fantastic. However i was one of the lucky ones who found a place to dump their bag (just) and go to the toilet before it began. The start was shambolic and it took ages to cross the line - noone seemed to be aware that anything had started! The lack of signs let everything down. I would recommend the race to anyone, but i really hope to see improvements next year. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Please sort out baggage area and start area..... In full: Pre-race organisation was a mess. Please send out bag tags with race numbers, and have a wider area for receiving the bags. Also the start was too narrow and people were called to the start too late, meaning too many slower runners at the front.
Apart from that, the race itself was enjoyable and was well marshalled. Cup of tea at the end was gratefully received. With simple improvements that everyone is suggesting, the overall experience would be much improved. Date of review: February 21, 2010