In short: Just a few tweeks needed to make this race extra-special In full: This was mostly a great race, and the few points I'm listing are not meant as moans, but pointers so it can be improved upon for next year to make it even better!
- I overheard one of the runners asking a marshall on the course about first aid, and the marshall didn't know where the nearest first aid post was and didn't have a number to call for them
- at a few junctions there wasn't a marshall which was disconcerting when running on my own with no other runners in sight. However, it was very well signposted.
- It was a walk from the car park to the registration (including some steep steps!), and then another walk from registration to the start line.
- At the start of the course which was supposed to have closed roads, we had cars squeezing past us.
- The stretch in the final mile along a footpath (before the last bit of road before the return to the park for the finish) was narrow and crowded with families (with brollies!) and other finished runners all trying to squeeze the other way. I didn't have the legs for weaving at this point, but managed not to crash into anyone.
Huge thank you's to the marshalls & other volunteers for standing out in the rain for so long Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: A great race! In full: This was the first Malmesbury Half Marathon and I really enjoyed it. The course was interesting, well-marked and sufficiently challenging. The whole event was really well-organised. Shame about the awful rain, but that didn't spoil it for me! I got a PB and was happy! Hope to see it as part of the regular race calendar. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Small race...big potential In full: Great race, thank you to all the marshalls who were out for a fair few hours in horrible conditions and were very supportive. Well done all! Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: Mostly excellent course and good value In full: A really decent race. Good course, undulating in places but nothing too harsh. Rubbish weather of course meaning getting soaked and a bit cold, but well used to that now. Really good value with a decent medal and technical T shirt. Cheerful stewards. Only downers were the car park being over a mile from the start and car dodging being needed in some parts of the course. Otherwise a really good race some of the more established races could learn from. Hopefully do it again next year. Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: Great value for money and well-organised. In full: I thought that it was a great event today. Awful weather and a long walk from the designated car park were the only negatives and you can't blame anyone for the former. Apart from one bit of rough road it was nice run and was very well marshalled.
Everything was very smooth from my perspective and there were some nice touches. Being given bits of chocolate flapjack enroute was nice, as was having names called out at the finish. However for me the best thing was the excellent value for money. £18 and you got a fantastic medal, comparable with any major race, plus a free t-shirt. I did the Melksham 10 for a few pounds less the week before and you got zero.
I'll be back. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: A cracking race, thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: A great race, obviously the rain put some people off from standing on the side and cheering everyone on, but you can't blame DB Max for that. I got a PB so I think this race is brill! Like some other runners I chose this race as Chippenham didn't have their half marathon this year so hopefully Malmesbury and Chippenham will have their races in 2013 on different weekends and I can do both. Only thing I didn't like was last bit of the race off the High Street and into the park, it should solely be for runners and not pedestrians as well (most moved out of the way). Was also hoping for some information on buying a Persimmon home in the goody bag :) Date of review: September 23, 2012