In short: Many improvements on last year, just not my time ; ) In full: This race is perfectly timed as a marathon training run, I ran it last year and came back for more as had heard about the improvements made. Moving the start made a huge difference as those last 3 miles on the airfield in 2010 were tough so much better to get out of the way sooner this year!
Water stations seemed slicker, with more volunteers (very cheery bunch) and plenty of sweets and gels... I wouldn't recommened the Vanilla flavour though, it made me gag!
Having the toilets spilt into two areas seemed to work better but a few more would still be beneficial as ever.
A friendly note to spectators though... wait for the start before you get in the toilet queue, us runners need it more than you do!
Overall a good race, was pleased to only miss my PB by 20 seconds, maybe next year eh! Friendly, well-placed and encouraging marshalls - thanks for standing in the rain for us crazy runners! Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: Well organised and good to move the finish! In full: Good race with plenty of encouraging marshalls and nice course without much traffic. Excellent pre-marathon build-up. Echo other comments that need more toilets and water at the finish line, but much better positioning of the finish than last year. Thank you. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Best race I have done so far In full: nice friendly runners, had good chat on the way round and got plenty of encouragement. Had a really good time and found it all very relaxing! Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Excellent race - well organised In full: Second year of doing the 20 miler and enjoyed running around the aerodrome again, and much better start this year than last. love the course, couple of hills which seemed to have grown the second time around. Not my best run on the second lap but will certainly do again. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Thankyou runners!!!!!!!!!!!!! In full: Thankyou runners!!!!!!!!!!!!! As one of the four marshalls at the 7 and 17 mile mark i would just like to say how much we also enjoyed the day, we really had fun cheering, encourageing and helping you all have a safe and fun event. Having so many of you say thankyou is a real feelgood factor in helping out at future events. We must have had over 95% of you either say thankyou or even give us a thumbs up. I am also a runner and with probably hundreds of races over the years along with triathlon it is good to try the other side of the fence for a change. So to each and everyone of you, "WELL DONE" you all did fantastic and "GOOD LUCK" for your next event.
In short: Excellent marshalls around the course but not designed for slower runners In full: Great to have the start so close to the car park, but as with every other race never enough toilets! Pity there were no mars bars etc. left for the slower 20 mile runners and all the finish gantry and hoardings taken down by the time I had arrived back. Surley it could have remained for at least 4 hours especially as there were quite a few runners obviously using the race as a training run rather than a pure speed event. I bit expensive bearing in mind lack of goodie bag or t-shirt, medal ok but not very inspiring. Date of review: March 14, 2011