In short: Very good run and well organised In full: Many thanks to all the organisers and helpers. From the start to the finish, very well organised which makes for a better run, even the weather couldn’t spoil it. Well done Downton Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: Do this for the glorious scenery - not for a PB! In full: Hilly? Yes. Monsoon weather conditions. Undoubtedly. But who cares - even the ankle-deep streams we were splashing through couldn't spoil the enjoyment. This a gem of a half: a very small field and run through glorious countryside with just a few cars in 13 miles. Terrific support from the hardy marshals. And incredible value too - a medal and a t-shirt included in a very modest entry fee. Thank you, Downton! Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: The best 1/2 I've done this year. In full: Hard work but wonderful half. Realised at about mile 3 that this race was all about pleasure not pace! About 5 mins outside usual 1/2 marathon pace. Lovely scenery - the cows looked bemused but the horses a bit disinterested in the spectacle. Friendly helpful marshalls. A medal and a T shirt a nice surprise and good value. Completed 13 halves in 2006 and this was the highlight. Date of review: December 12, 2005
In short: Wonderful race through a beautiful part of the country In full: I loved this race. There weren't many of us (about 200 i think) but it had a lovely friendly atmosphere. Everyone was happy to chat and overall it was well organised and marshalled. A free t-shirt at the end was a lovely bonus Date of review: December 1, 2005
In short: Scenic, friendly, quite tough course. In full: My first hilly half. Really enjoyed it, the friendly marshalls were great: "it's worth the view when you get to the top". Virtually had to break the ice at the water stations - must have been cold for them. I think the friendly runners helped a lot on this - was dragged along towards the end and found the last two miles despite being flat to be pretty tough. Tea and buns great at the end, along with hot shower at the leisure centre. Only two qualms being that I nearly got lost at the end and it would have been good to have had something on for the (cold) spectators. Overall very good though. Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: Tougher than expected;scenic,undulating course; very welcoming In full: The changing accom is in 1920's Memorial hall: okay for 170 turnout, but would be creaking if they pushed the numbers up.
The course was tougher than I'd trained for but not as mean as it could have been. Lucky with the weather - I'd been expecting snow :-)
In short: very hilly In full: really enjoyed myself great race wiyh lots of frendly runners i got a new pb by 20sec's not bad considering the course.medal and t shirt were quality as was the free tea and bun Date of review: November 28, 2005