In short: One person giving out t-shirts is a joke In full: Good race would have been organisation but having one person giving out t-shirts is a joke shame this wasn’t thought about. Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: Lovely hills and views In full: Enjoyable race. Lovely jog along the canal side. Shame about the rain from mile 10 (that second big hill) to the end. Bit chaotic for the t-shirt collection afterwards. Nice bar of chocolate in the goody bag. Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: Excellent run - well done Grantham AC In full: This was my first time at this and I really enjoyed the race. The scenery is lovely and the route certainly proves that Lincolnshire isn't completely flat! Very well organised and great marshalls. Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: Remember - Lincolnshire is flat In full: There seems to be a pact amongst race directors throughout Lincolnshire to dispel the belief in the flatness of the county. Once again I found myself hauling myself uphills, although this time the organisers added the sadistic little touch of motivational messages- "Are you walking?", "Lincolnshire's flat", "While you're running this we're stealing your car" (I made that last one up!) up the sides of both of the hills. The towpath was a nice forgiving surface, but it was quite difficult to pass along its length and quite narrow under the bridges. There was plenty of water, both on course and afterwards. The marshalls were encouraging, if sometimes a little too crazy for a knackered athlete to appreciate. After that second hill it was good to have a downhill coast into Grantham- a stadium finish is always a nice touch, and unlike in Stamford last month, the clock was spot on. Despite the terrain, I managed to take about a minute off my PB- though we were promised by the race director that PBs wouldn't happen, I set mine in Watford in February- which is another hilly course. Took a while to pick up the tee shirt, though. Helpfully, we arrived just 20 minutes before the race and could still park right outside the stadium.
That was a very enjoyable race, thanks GAC. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Excellent Half Marathon In full: First time I had done this course and had been warned about the dreaded hills. However, I still managed to do a PB by 10 minutes so my efforts have paid dividends. Overall the organisation and the marshalls were fantastic but I would suggest a review of the t shirt distribution at the end which was frustrating. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Well organised scenic In full: Excellent organisation. Very friendly. Nice finish in stadium. Lovely views of the countryside. Organisers have a sick sense of humour - "lincolnshire is flat" it said 1/2 way up one hill !
What on earth was all over the canal? it looked like a red tarmac road ??? Date of review: March 8, 2009