In short: Tough (with those two monster hills) but very scenic and rewarding run In full: This is not a PB type of course (those two killer hills will see off many valiant attempts) but who wants to run flat courses ALL THE TIME ? - sometimes it's just nice to run a race that's a little more challenging with interesting scenery, character, a friendly atmosphere and good organization. The Fraction has those things in spades. A great course that has you running along the canal towpath for 3 miles of it and journeys through some nice villages. Very well marshalled throughout with a great olympic-style finish running a lap and a bit around the stadium track (complete with applauding spectators) just when you need that final push. All round great race for all levels of ability, though beginners might find it a baptism of fire. Definitely want to repeat this one. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Excellent race - one for the diary. In full: A glorious day, excellent organisation, great course, 5 water stations, technical tee, nice goody bag, 2 VERY steep hills, but the rest of the course is pretty fast. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Hills? They weren't, they were just lumpy bits! In full: Lovely race and for a relatively new one, well organised. Nothing went wrong and the overall feel was very good. The pre-race blurb and chat kept mentioning two monster hills - even the elevation graph got me worried - and all we got was 1/2 mile of playful incline! nothing really bad, it didn't drag on anything like as advertised! Bit cheeky of the photographer to camp at the top of the second one, though it may have made a few people up their work rate at the crest! Great race, lovely route, my fastest 1/2 for 4 years, see you next year!
PS. Whoever thought of a sign saying "the sweep vehicle is catching you" and one "you won't get a PB here" - halfway up a hill - deserves a smack! Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Superb organisation - great race In full: Top marks for organisation - like clockwork. Great technical T-shirt + goody bag. Stadium finish Very friendly folks Loads of parking Loads of yummy cakes ! Thanks to all the marshalls - lots of them who did an excellent job
Course itself has a few undulations and a couple of short steep hills but also has some fast gradual descents.
Probably one of the best organised 1/2 marathons you can do.
and a new PB :0)
I'll be back next year Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: A lovely course. The canal side running was fast and fun, the castle - lovely in the sunshine, the hills were fairly short and lots of warning about them. The marshalls were friendly and cheerful, lots of water stops and the stadium finish was great. Date of review: March 7, 2010