In short: As flat as you're ever going to get In full: Second time running this race and despite it being such a warm day I thoroughly enjoyed it and ran a surprsingly good time. Apart from being pancake-flat (or as close as a half-marathon is ever going to get to it in the UK) they had BOTTLED WATER at the water stations! Other organisers take note, runners can't drink from paper cups! Organistaion of the car parks was excellent and toilet queues were not too bad. Only minor gripe was the start and the rather obscure starting pen signs. This needs to be policed more effectively as such a narrow start can be rendered lethal by selfish, thoughtless people starting too close to the front. Sure enough, one poor guy took a tumble leading to a nasty gash on his head. Hope he was OK. Date of review: September 12, 2012
In short: Really enjoyable and fast course In full: I really enjoyed this Race, it was the 5th time I've entered, but the first time that I've actually managed to get there.
The only thing I would change is the Start ~ that road is too narrow for that amount of runners, also with people having to go through the start to get to their "timing pen" they were just stopping by the Start line, so there were an awful lot of slow runners too close to the start. I was surprised to only see 1 guy take a fall... Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: What can I say that I haven't already said about this. There really is nothing that I can fault. Beautiful course, charming atmosphere and it runs like clockwork. Doug will be looking down with pride Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: My third time at this half marathon and have loved it every time! In full: This a great run- a short climb up to the dam, flat all the way around the very scenic lake and downhill to the finish. Perfect. Excellent organisation,everyone very friendly, a great medal and t shirt, hot shower and a picnic on the grass. What a wonderful day! Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: My favourite half marathon In full: I love this race. Yes, there is no chip timing and the start can be a bit chaotic, but the scenery is wonderful, the course almost flat (except the run up to the dam), and the organisers and locals are so friendly that you feel like you've been involved in something special.
The website clearly says that it is not a commercial, great north type event, but you come away with a nice medal, decent tee shirt, and the satisfaction of completing one of the most beautiful half marathons around. Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: Fantastic scenery fantastic organisation A definite must for next year! In full: What a fantastic half marathon - flat as flat could be scenery amazing a definite must for next. Bear in mind there is no crowd support so it is a mentally challenging run but the crowd at the finish are just what you need. Only downside was the drink stations - could of done with one at mile 9 instead of 10 and another at about 12 otherwise cannot fault this race or its organisation! Well done! Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: was a very fast course would have been perfect if it wasnt for the wind the last 5 miles coming back in but thats not the organisers fault, brilliant race 10/10 Date of review: November 3, 2011
In short: Great race. This was my 4th time at Lake Vyrnwy and its already on my agenda for next year. In full: This is a great race in a great location. The start is a bit congested but its all sorted by the time you are half way up the hill towards the dam. Its then a case of keeping the lake on your right hand side and trying not to look to see how far you still have to run to get back to the dam. After that its downhill all the way to the finish. Date of review: September 19, 2011
In short: Great location , lovelly flat course, cramped start. In full: Superb location and route around the lake, fresh clean air, trees and virtually no traffic- ideal for runners. Fast course once the chaotic start was behind you. WHY were there anticipated finish times at the start for poeple to line up according to pace when latecomers just piled in at the front!! spent the first mile or so weaving and swerving to avoid wrongly placed starters- very infuriating!! should be segregated correctly. Parking in muddy wet fields also not brilliant. Date of review: September 18, 2011
In short: HOW RACES SHOULD BE In full: With the lake vyrnwy 1/2 its about what it should be RUNNING! great local support, not overpriced like most are, really friendly people amazing scenery...already looking forward to 2012 and breaking my pb from this year!!! pat on the back goes to janet roberts and her crew. Date of review: September 14, 2011