In short: Lovely race on a warm and sunny day... In full: Apart from that it wasn't... The weather was impressively bad - so that at some point I got the giggles, remembered that I had chosen voluntarily to spend my Sunday morning doing this - and from then on hugely enjoyed it. Very good organization, we had no issues with parking and collecting the numbers. Start was a bit chaotic - could you not just do it from outside the stadium in the car park to avoid the gate? The course - rather dull, but didn't really expect much else. Was surprised by how tough it was going though all the underpasses. And huge respect and thank you to all the marshalls - never mind running in this weather, standing around in it must have been so much harder and there was still a happy wave and cheer from all of them. Overall: not a bad race, this year particularly memorable because of the weather. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Soaked! In full: Unlike a lot of my fellow posters i really enjoyed this and had no issues at all. I arrived early and parked at Barnwell School. Very short walk to the running track, and collected my number and chip straight away. The baggage area was like clockwork as usual, and the start seemed to be on time this year! The marshalls were great, some of the course was quite picturesque, and it was reasonably challenging with the numerous underpasses. Yes the weather was horrendous, but i love running in this (i live in Northumberland so am used to it). If half term falls in the same week as the race next year i will be back without doubt. Date of review: November 1, 2009
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.