In short: Fast course with stunning scenery. Good organisation. In full: Joining instructions were clear and concise. Parking space was abundant and cheap. I was a bit wary about having to queue for timing chips on the day, but the distribution was well organised and efficient. The start was a bit congested - but that's true for most races. The course profile was ideal - gently undulating first half, followed by a mostly flat second half. The scenery was absolutely stunning - especially on the second half. The atmosphere was good - loved the drummers in Torrington, could hear them a mile away! Excellent support in the closing stages, with a nice flat and straight last 400 metres - perfect for that final surge. All in all, a great race - and one I hope to do again. Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: A very well organised event. Lovely sunny day - everyone seemed to be having a good time In full: I would have liked the writing on the shirt to be a bit bigger and to stand out more - still it is nice not to have sponsors all over it. I hate the waste of all those bottles of water but I can see why you use them. I didn't take them except once because I didn't like to have two sips and then throw the bottle down. Jelly babies were nice - thanks. Having said that - i think it is a great race and very well organised. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Did it last year, did it this year, will do it next year. Flat, fast and well organised! In full: Brilliantly organised half marathon; mile markers, marshalls, drinks stations, toilets, baggage hold, bag pipes, drummers and morris dancers, jelly babies and cake at the end! Nice tea shirt and banana for all finishers. The use of timing chip is excellent. The course is beautiful! Only one slight issue not enough to really concern me much but to get this to be a 10/10 race maybe the start could have markers so runners can get into their predicted finish time to halt the weaving in and out at the start. Oooh and the small t-shirt must be a mans size because it's huge on me... maybe next year we could have some extra small ones too? :-) Great job, well done all!! Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Fast and beautiful course, recommended In full: I last ran this in 2004 and was concerned that the doubling in size since then would make things congested. In fact, apart from right at the start, all was well; the road closure in the runner’s direction meant we had loads of room. Apart from the distance issue (an honest mistake – which everyone makes once in a while) the organisation was faultless. There was plenty of support at the start and finish, there were cheerful folk at the water stations and a friendly bunch in the club house. The weather and the fabulous scenery all helped to make this a great day out – as did the camaraderie amongst the runners and my spot prize! Thanks to everyone involved in putting on this race; I’m hoping I won’t leave it so long next time to return (especially as this year if I take off the 0.3 extra miles I would have had a PB - just like I did here in 2004!) Car park was £1.50 for 4 hours – is that such a big deal?
In short: Terrible error for established race In full: Disappointing, won't bother another year. Pathethic start slow get away & corners, should have started on road . Where were the marshalls??? How can it be billed as flat - first half is undulating. Such a shame - expect next year's entry to be down.
In short: Guaranteed PB for everyone In full: Well I thought it was a great event, even with the extra yardage (glad to hear the distance was confirmed as too long or I would have been really worried at my pace and cursing the accuracy of my Garmin). Just think, we all got PBs as I doubt many people have done a 13.45 mile race before. Really good having a technical T-shirt at the end. Thank you to all the organisers. Date of review: March 3, 2009
In short: Fantastic race- will do it every year I can! In full: Course was flat as a pancake. Support was fantastic especially as quick first half mile loop brings you back past the spectators at the start and is a real uplift, as was the support from the folk of Torrington at around half way, there were loads of them right outside the pub (Named the Puffin Billy!), cheers guys. Also, great support right the way through the last 500m. Marshals were excellent and everywhere, drinks stations were well organised, it was good to have water in bottles making it a lot easier to drink than the usual plastic beakers, nice touch BAC. Road was shut in the running direction which is another credit to the organisation. The tunnel was interesting!, at around 10 miles (and in my state of severe fatigue) the experience felt slightly psychedelic to me so thank you for that. Obviously the distance issue is slightly annoying but I reiterate previous comments about it being an honest mistake, it only detracted from my PB not my experience and I’ll be back to smash that next year anyway! (Someone running at the front was obviously switched on enough to lead us back on course so a big thank you to them!, could have been a catastrophe else ! And one more thing, at least it effected everybody the same, we were all in it together and I’m betting it doesn’t happen next year!) Be quick next year because it’ll sell out fast. Shirt was good quality. If I was to suggest one thing to improve the race I would say 1200 runners would love a big banner with START to go with the great music and dancing marshals at the beginning! Thank you Bideford running club! Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Still my favourite race In full: I can understand those who had trained for a PB being annoyed by the distance. I use this as a fast training run, so it didn't bother me too much (although I would have probably got a PB too). We all make mistakes, its just human, and the RO put their hands up straight away. I love this race and will be back next year.
One other thing - I do like the range of momentos. I still use the towel of a couple of years ago, and the quality shirt is a great idea. Date of review: March 2, 2009