In short: Good, local race In full: Obviously the rain and wind today was horrendous but that shouldn't detract from what is basically a good race. I'm not a fan of looped races but at least you know what you are in for 2nd time around. It's not too hilly compared to many other races and the marshalls deserve a special thanks for stnding out there in the pouring rain and still being so encouraging. Good value and well organised, especially baggage tent. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Excellent organisation and brilliant marshals but horrible double circuit In full: The weather was dreadful. Heavy rain and blustery wind. Very good organisation. I only entered the race yesterday and when I arrived at 9:15 I walked straight to the registration desk and collected my nummber with no delay at all. If I am honest, the route is just awful. The municipal landscaping alongside the double-loop course is monotonous and bland. The marshals, however, were really first class braving the elements and offering enthusiastic encouragemnt. The route isn't easy. There are some lengthy inclines. I won;t come back here but I salute the organisers and the marshals for really doing a very good job in a not very inspiring location. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Nice course and smooth organisation In full: Weather was wet with strong winds but thats not the fault of the organisers. From the laid on shuttle buses to the copious amounts of marhsalls this was very well organised. Course was mostly up for the first couple of miles then down hill and then a second lap. Jelly baby from Marshall at mile 11 was well received. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Well organised and marshalled, but not a great race In full: I last ran the Stevenage half a few years ago (2002 perhaps?) - the course on that occasion was far better than the new 2 lap version. This new course has so many underpasses and other undulations that I couldn't get into a rhythm. Frankly, I didn't enjoy the race at all. And it wasn't all due to the awful weather!
No complaints at all about the organisation. Thanks to the organisers and huge thanks to the marshalls for putting up with the awful weather! Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: I live in this town and hate the underpasses why did u include so many!!! In full: Good marshalling all very encouraging and i too got jelly babies :O)...: to be honest i hated this run i avoid this end of town apart from fairlands lakes: perhaps im a whingebag for wanting it to be a bit flatter as i saw soo many people struggling the last two miles me lncluded..was my worst time for half marathon: love running around the park area but not the blooming turbulent field. Cant they change the time of year??? wasnt it like this last year? the park is soo much prettier in spring and summer. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Reasonable race In full: We arrived in good time at 8:40 at the car park, as instructed, to be there in good time to collect numbers. However, as already mentioned, the gates to the car park were locked and were not opened until after 9.00, which was the time we were asked to be collecting our numbers. It was chaos and we felt very sorry for the local residents. There were no marshals present either, so there was no info about what was happening, and we had to find our own way to the start. We also felt very sorry for the poor people handing out the numbers in the pouring rain. Given the limited inside space at the stadium, maybe it would be a good idea to hire a marquee in the future (if costs permit). That way the numbers could be handed out in the dry and there would be additional room for runners to wait in the dry. The race itself was well organised with chip timing and we’d like to thank the marshals for standing out in the rain but still being cheerful and encouraging. The course is undulating (lots of underpasses!) but not really hilly. Generous provision of T-shirt and medal. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Well worth braving the rain In full: Scenery was much better than expected and avoided roads to make a pleasant run. Start was a bit chaotic but it was so wet and windy that it was good that we didn't spend much time hanging around before the off.
Marshalling was perfect both at the start/finish and out on the course. Goodie bag was good - medal and t-shirt, plus some bits and pieces.
In short: Super support, organisation and PB potential!! In full: I think the only thing people could moan that those Spartans did not organise was the sunshine! Bar that all the many marshalls gave fantastic support. The race took in what scnery there is in Stevenage, going through Fairlands Valley Park. The rest of the race was on cycle paths, so there was no need to doodge cars. It might not be the flatest of courses, but I managed a PB so it could not have been too difficult. In response to grumpy ChrisThePuma, I do not know if you keep up to date with the news, but there has been some recent Postal Strikes! I turned up at 9.45 and it took a minute or two to get my number and left me sufficient time to warm up or keep dry under the grandstand. So personally I can not see why anyone would have an issue with the organisers not sending out the race packs. Well done Spartans on a great event, I look forward to taking part in your 5k series coming up in November and December. Congratulations to all that took part.
In short: Rubbish organisation - learn from your mistakes! In full: 1. Not posting race packs?? Why not? 2. Last year the queue for picking up the numbers & chips was around the track - so to avoid this runners are advised to arrive early - "Arrive by 9.00" - this would suryl mean the car parks were avaialble before 9.00 wouldnt it? Wrong. I was in a queue of cars at 9.00 waiting for marshals to get there and open it, the road was a cul-de-sac and the poor residence were trapped unable to get out because of the queue - one was a nurse. This coupled with the thought in my mind of a big queue to get my number (because we are now going to get to the venue late) caused me to give this up as a bad joke. I will spend my money elsewhere next year. Date of review: November 1, 2009