In short: Great race despite the rain In full: Yes the rain dampens the atmosphere a little but it wasn't too heavy and you hardly blame the organisers for the weather. Todays conditions were excellent for running. Well organised with friendly marshals (despite the weather). My only gripe was the narrowness of the start. Chip timing or a wider start would help but it's not a major thing. Bananas at the end were a godsend, and a nice t-shirt too. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: THe best race I've done over the past 12 months. Scenic route, friendly marshalls and locals - and I loved the rain. In full: Good T-shirt and goody bag too. This race was recommended to me - what good advice! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: enjoyable - but bloomin wet! In full: I did enjoy that - got a PB, and the t-shirt at the end is a good'un - mars bar and bananas much appreciated as well :o)
Pity about the weather though, cos although it was good for running in, it did dampen (sorry about the pun) the atmosphere and the supporteres were in dribs and drabs, but still very much appreciated!
Had a bit of a problem finding the start too -I know that sounds stupid, but because we'd driven in the opposite way to where the start was set up, there weren't any signs to show you where to go! (Did ask some helpful marshalls though and we got there eventually!)
In short: Excellent In full: A pb, mars bar and banana, I can't ask for more. Pretty race with enough ups to challenge. Well organised. A tight start and finishing on wet grass the only slight concerns but can't see what else could be done so overall 10 out of 10. Will be back next year. Well done to the organisers. The woman who decided to bend over and tie her shoe laces just after the start with 800 people trying to get into their stride in a narrow lane nearly took out more runners than a hand grenade, not the best of ideas I feel. I must practise leapfrog for next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Excellent race, great organisation and scenic course In full: Really enjoyed this (I think). Only my second 1/2 following Silverstone in March. Organisation was great and the course was extremely scenic, a complete contrast to the London 1/2 marathon on the F1 track. Nice support from the villages en route. Actually enjoyed the hail storm, seemed to spur me on a bit. Will certainly be back next year. Nice that there is something for the family to do on the day in nice surroundings also. Well done to Hinckley A.C. and a big thankyou to all the marshalls. Date of review: May 12, 2005
In short: Well worth the 40 mile drive there (and back again) In full: Just the right mix of countryside and villages etc. The course wasn't boringly flat, nor too arduous. A really good morning out, but a shame about the weather. I hope to be there next year. Date of review: May 12, 2005