In short: Fantastic race In full: Best scenery ever in a race. Hills painful but a real test which is what I needed. Close to pb but couldnt quite manage it. Overall my favourite half, and expect to be back.
Also should just mention my wife did (and loved) the 3k fun run Her debut as a runner and she got the bug! Date of review: September 7, 2010
In short: Brilliant - friendly/well organised/good fun In full: It was very hilly so wouldn't recommend it for a first 1/2 marathon but it had a great atmosphere and was really well organised and friendly.
In short: Enjoyed the race day :) In full: Was slightly concerned with the hills on this one, but experienced runners are not going to do this for PBs. This out and back course was trickier in the first half than the second I felt. Once I worked out the initial downhill wasnt going to be encountered going back, it made it easier to finish. Also finding someone to run with for the second half kept the focus on.
Negative bits... few toilets. And I'm thinking they might want to have a word with the local constabulary to help out. Couple of impatient drivers were putting some runners off their stride at crossing points.
However, there are lots of plus points on this one. Its friendly both participants and marshals. Good organised parking. The organisers seem proud of their event which is good because that means they care. The views are good; the route is a bit traily which makes it interesting. Energy gels on route for those who wanted them. Goody bag ok, esp if you like beer. No medal but technical t-shirt with great design. Fantastic to see a massage section on donations - I tend to pay the same either way, but its appreciated to see so many of them give up their sundays to help out.
I can see myself doing this again as a challenge rather than a race. Date of review: September 6, 2010