In short: Picturesque, well organised, and faster than most suggest In full: The course is flat and, though off-road, not difficult underfoot, save for the loop at halfway that brings you back round to the riverside. It certainly has PB potential because I did one, unless of course I've not been trying hard enough in the few I've done before. Marshals, as everyone says, are excellent, smiley and supportive and the whole event has that buzz that makes you want to do it again. On the downside, no chip timing (though not a deal-breaker and, yes, I know it cuts down costs not to have them) is unusual these days, the parking arrangements could be better (but I suppose they could be better everywhere and there could be more toilets, especially since there are precious few opportunities that I could see to sneak off and find a bush (except maybe out on the course itself). Again, though, that's a problem common to all these races, and what do you do - provide one per runner? Thoroughly enjoyed it and will do it again. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: A lovely scenic race - great way to spend a Sunday morning In full: Really enjoyed this race. It was only my second half marathon and I enjoyed the mix of serious and fun-runners.
With only a few places too narrow to pass at the beginning and end, I found there was plenty of opportunity to overtake and get a good time. The mix of terrain kept my legs interested too. And the drums kept us going halfway and the medal and goody bag were a nice reward for finishing.
The portaloo queues were big as always but we found the the toilets in the leisure centre which were far nicer! Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: An excellent event held in idyllic surroundings. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was extremely well organised and the marshals were so enthusiastic encouraging everyone. The marshal, who was stationed about half way as we turned left to come back, was wonderful. Definitely an event to do again. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Another good year for the Water of Life half In full: This race was one of the top-rated in 2010 and it's easy to see why: great scenery, good organisation (save for not enough loos at the start), a pretty small field and a challenging course. You probably won't achieve a PB on here but you'll enjoy the race, and it's much more welcoming than the hordes at Reading or even Fleet, run on the same day.
Best of all, it's all for charity - there's no profit-making giant behind this - which adds to the warm glow. Recommended. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Lovely run along the river In full: Nice small event so not too crowded. Very friendly and encouraging marshalls and good public support when you needed it most. Not too many narrow passing places so quicker than expected although a bit annoyed at myself for not finishing a bit faster so as to break 1:41 :-( Nice medal and t-shirt and would certainly consider running it again.
Only negative points for me was the parking and shortage of toilets. There were about 8 or 10 portaloos but really could do with double that especially as the blokes toilets in the main building were out of order as they were being refurbished. Parking was provided in a farmers field just off the A404 roundabout but this caused severe traffic congestion on the roundabout itself. The path from the carpark to the start is very narrow with runners/spectators getting in the way of cars trying to park up so there is definately room for improvement there. Also saw one 4x4 trying to enter the car park when people were trying to leave after the race, perhaps the car park road could be closed to incoming traffic once the race has started. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: PP do it again! In full: Another great race from PP and I can see why it was voted in the top 10 HM's last year. Great venue, great course, great marshals, african drummers were great and a free t shirt at the end to go along with the medal. Bananas and goody bags a bonus at the end. Will be back next year but might try the 10k as getting to old for these HMs :-) Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: For a first time (half) marathon runner - excellent In full: This was my first ever half marathon so I didn't know what to expect but there were queues for the toilets and I got to the start of the race with seconds to spare so a few more facilities would have been appreciated but I did read advice from other Runners World readers to expect this!
The marshals were brilliant and egged me on when I was flagging and overall experience was thoroughly enjoyable.
My time was 2.31.40 so at least I have a time to beat next time. Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: Great friendly off-road half marathon. In full: Enjoyed this last year so came back again. Great early off-road half which is small and friendly. African drummers at the start and at half way were fantastic. Big thanks in particular to the marshals around miles 6-7 and the very vocal supporters at mile 12! Not the place for a PB but if you want an interesting, enjoyable run along the river I'd thoroughly recommend it. Date of review: March 20, 2011