In short: General thumbs up In full: Pleasant, if undulating, off-road route with lots of helpful, encouraging marshals. Good-sized field: always someone near you but no-one in your way. Would prefer to get chip & number in advance by post, so pre-race time is spent warming up rather than queuing! Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: great day, great day In full: great race shame about the timming chips. what a great day weather great,other runners great,course great, first run in six months and finished in 1hour 50 great. Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Whent like clockwork well done to FVS and especially the marshalls In full: Only niggle was the late start due to realativley poor arganisation for getting the chips to runners. On balance its probably more effective to post them out. Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Could have been better In full: The organistation at the start was a shambles with long queues and the championchip timing didn't seem to be working... Stevenage is not known for it's good looks so the race itself was uninspiring. However it was fairly quick and I got a new PB so I'm happy. There are better races around though and I probably won't do it again... Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Well organised half marathon along the cycleways of Stevenage! In full: A very good race for me. A new personal best for half marathon - knocking 4 minutes off my last time. Almost perfect weather not too cold, not too hot & no rain (hooray)! Well organised. Given the number of entrants queuing to get their chips before the start I was very glad that they delayed the start by 15 mins as this gave me just enough time to get my chip, go to the loo and drop my bag off! Also well done to all the marshalls out on the course. The only minor thing for me was having to pay for parking in a pay-and-display before being coached to the start miles away (although the coach system did work well). Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Enjoyable challenge, energy sapping underpasses. In full: My first half in 2005, done it every year since and I will be back until I stop running. The weather was perfect this year but the hill on the nineth mile put paid to my sub 2 hopes. The marshalls were great. Not sure why there was a problem with giving out the chips and numbers but they got it sorted. I was very pleased that this year we had a chip start as well as finish. (The gun to finish time last year robbed me of a sub 2 BP.) The results were up when I looked around 7.00p.m. Well done! Date of review: November 3, 2008
In short: Gr8 atmasphere- v well organised , excellent marshalling In full: Not much you can be done about the Stevenage scenery ( shame there wasn' any water in the lake)!!! but the club was very freindly. For a slow runner I received lots of support and encouragement from the marshals- Particularly from the one on the bike!!!!! Very well organised, gr8 atmosphere- Will do again.
In short: Well organised, easy hills In full: Well organised, except the long que for the numbers and chips,we got there early so had no problem. Lots of marshalls, encouragement from some, no doubt runners themselves, but a lot were silent. Easy hills, both up & down. Date of review: November 3, 2008