In short: Second time doing this race- Great fun yet again In full: This was my second time running this race- prepared myself for the hills and knocked 10 mins off my previous time. Really fun race- can be a great opportunity to strengthen the legs and the mind.
This was my only repeat race due to the challenge of it last year- great times! Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Friendly, pretty and well organised In full: An excellent event. Well organised (obviously made the needed tweaks from last year). A hilly route so may not be the easiest for a debutant. Made more difficult today due to the wind, but thoroughly enjoyed a touhg run. Technical tee much preferred to a medal by me. Becoming a MUST DO run. Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: Unrecognisable from last year!! In full: I slated this race last year, but fair play to the organisers today was excellent! Parking was smooth (and free), the start was more organised, there were mile markers for pacing and no loop at the end. All in all a great race in ideal conditions. Only thing for next year is I would say they could squeeze another water station in, 2nd water station wasn't until around mile 8 which with the hills could have come a little earlier! As for the medal/t-shirt debate, I'm chuffed with the technical t-shirt, who wants a medal that sits in your bottom drawer? At least you can wear the t-shirt on training runs/gym! Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: we want a medal In full: start was better than last year but still slow too much traffic on route but overall organised very well. disappointing no medal or goody bag just water and t shirt could have done with something to nibble . A good race we will be back next year. Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: No finishers medal!!!!!!! Thanks for coming guys!!! In full: Could have a good day out, parking was better this year, friendly event, nice run.....but nothing to show for entry fee and 13 mile run, think I will just do a 13 mile traing run next year and make my own medal you can get a nice one from poundland!,,, Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: A bit disorganised, delayed start, dodgy cone finish could of been better In full: As a local I didn't experience the parking issues but will say in the events defence that the fee was advertised on their site, even so I thought it was harsh to charge as the ground would have been empty on a Sunday morning anyway. If fee was going to charity fine but a quid would of been enough. At first no one appeared to know what was happening and when I made my way to the start , which wasn't very well sign posted we had the news of the delay. Once underway the course was certainly challenging with some nice ascents. Mile markers were missing but it didn't concern me that much. The finish was disappointing, any momentum built up was lost having to do a 180 turn around a cone before entering the rugby club, surely move the finish line or start back a bit. Was gutted to find no medal in a poor goody bag but the organisers very kindly sent me one in the post so fair play for that. Results took a while to be posted but still got the official verdict on the evening. This could be a great race with a few tweaks and hopefully they will take on board the comments and improve it for next year. Date of review: April 24, 2012
In short: Very Good Friendly Race :-) In full: Nice route, quite challenging if you're going for a PB but on the upside definitely not flat and boring.
There was some issues with a delayed start but I always turn up in plenty of time so had no problems parking and the facilities were really good. I thought the pre-race communication was good too so had expected the missing mile markers, really pleased i had my garmin though so i knew how i was getting on.
A few good suggestions on here as to how things could have been improved but overall a good event, thanks. Date of review: April 20, 2012
In short: A fantastic run, very friendly and a great day overall In full: I didn't find the parking a problem as I live a 5 minute walk away so I wasn't aware of the parking problems. The small delay at the start i didn't really find an issue, it was a cold morning but Threshold events can't be responsible for the weather. I found the route beautiful and it made a nice change to run a scenic route rather than on busy roads. I didn't find the traffic an issue i think around 8 cars maximum went past me the whole course.
Im found the signs very clear on which side of the road to run on and the marshalls were excellent! very friendly and supportive also in all the right places, water stations were good and a bonus having water in bottles not cups.
A few hills but nothing too challenging, the support for the locals was brilliant I was at the back of the pack as a slow runner and they were still out cheering and clapping.
The medal was great and tshirt too,for an more indepth review on this race and other events please see my running blog http://marathonmorris.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/running-bucket-list.html
In short: First half in 9 years - not bad and a good challenge but some teething issues. In full: I agree with several of the comments already posted - parking fee - luckily I was prepared with a load of pound coins but I thought £3 was a bit steep. Secondly the baggage drop off wasn't great - I left mine with the plastic bag with my name on with a man behind a rope assuming he'd be there when I got back to hand them out but there was nobody there when I finished and I could have taken anybodies bag. The 15 minute delay was annoying and I needed the toilet after about 30secs of running - the horse and foal that came over to see me and the three others using the field was both interesting and off-putting! The course was up and down (it seemed more up to me) but the pockets of support were very good. In defence of the missing mile markers there was an announcement at the start to say they had been stolen overnight so I knew to expect no signs. Overall half and half for a half. Date of review: April 18, 2012