In short: Fantastic First Frome Half!!! In full: Hats off to the organisers this scores 11 out of 10 on every aspect!!
Lovely welcome from the registration ladies, excellent marshals throughout, epic support from the locals of Frome, real community spirited throughout.
With the exception of the slight delay at the start, the organisers were forward thinking enough to supply enough water for a very hot July day. Yes an 11am start maybe a bit late, however the number of water stations and sponge stations with bottled water certainly made up for it and the heat didn't hugely affect my time. The course is pretty hilly, with a nasty climb at 10 miles and then a cheeky speedy steep descent into Frome town centre only to turn the corner and run back up the other side, now a steep ascent! One thing I didn't particularly like was a short climb to the finish line didn't make for a great sprint finish. However, on crossing the line a medal was placed around my neck, a bottle of water placed into one hand, a goody bag into another and my result was available within 30 secs of crossing the line, all topped off with a big 'Thank you' from the race team for running. I would like to say a big Thank you to Frome Running Club for organising, Sterling Effort.
Excellent job all round, will definitely be back next year, kicked my Snowdonia Marathon training off a treat. Date of review: July 23, 2012
In short: Brilliant organization. Well done ALL In full: Bottles water and not plastic cups....great idea. tough course but well worth it. It was hard because of the sun and the water was warm at the stations but thats nothing the organizers could have done anything about. Seems like the entire community were out in support and a big thank you to the marshals too, they were great. A water station after the hills and lanes would have been nice but over all 10 out of 10. Ill see you all next year Date of review: July 23, 2012
In short: A good event. A special thanks to the marshalls who were excellent In full: I think the organisers should be proud of their effort but a few things to iron out for next time. The course is tough but there is nothing wrong with that and the fact that it was tough was well advertised. I just question whether the event is held at the right time of the year or the right time. Running a hilly course in the midday sun in July is asking a lot. Saying that there were a lot of water stations along the 2nd half of the course which I am sure we all appreciated and needed. The spectators were also excellent with hose pipes on route to help. I think maybe the position of water stations could be looked at. e.g after a tough hill would be nice if possible. There was a hiccop at the start which I am sure will be looked at for next time. I did not enjoy waiting in the sun for that long before hand. I think it is a shame that the organisers were not allowed a bigger field either because there was certainly room for more people. Overall I enjoyed the day. I put a maybe for doing it again, only because I personally found it a very tough ask on a hot July midday, but enjoyed the event neverless. Date of review: July 23, 2012
In short: Excellent race, superbly organised and brilliantly supported, can't wait for next year! In full: Despite having a terrible run myself today I thought this was a fantastic race, one of the best half's I've done. Nice mix of town and countryside, fantastic support from the locals and some tough hills to challenge you. 10 out of 10 Frome!!!!! Date of review: July 22, 2012
In short: Excellent race; Great organisation, Friendly encouragement on the way round but hilly! In full: Enjoyed the first Frome 10k; well organised, plenty of water stations which was great as it was so hot and lots of encouragement on the way round. A hilly route which was challenging but fun. Nice medal, certificate and goody bag too. Date of review: July 22, 2012