In short: where were the marshalls?? In full: Standing on the start line dodging cars when an official saunters up , no announcement, enjoys his hooter blowing moment and we are off. Hot , hot hot, hilly beyond belief, pleasant to look at but what was that smell ? Rural I can cope with but too much on a hot day. However, I entered and was determined to give it a good go. The main feature lacking was any sort of interest from the very few marshalls. Water stations unprepared, unless I waited a few minutes... when you are as slow as I am , no minute can be wasted, but boy , I needed that water. Lack of signs or marshalls on the course, I had a debate with another lady at the top of a hill as to which way to go as it was not signposted, luckily we chose the right way or we could still be out there ! I think I finished as the 'finish' line was so low key , it was almost non existent ! Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: 2012 Half - Brutal hills, brutal!!! In full: It's been a few years since I ran this one and the new course is much, much, much tougher. It still includes many of the old hills but also a lot more. This really was tough road-running from the start right until the end. Aside from the one mile on the flat by the sea before climbing into St Helen's, this is a constant up and down course. The last two hills coming into Ryde are hard work.
The start was very low-key, perhaps too much with cars driving through the start line until 2 mins before kick-off. No announcements, no sign of anyone - just a hooter and off you go straight up a 1.5m incline!
I do like these IoW runs but I always think it is a bit of a shame so much time is spent running on roads in the middle of the island - busy roads at this time of the year too. Water stations are bare minimum - water. Orange squash would have been great.
Will be back to seek revenge. Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: Tough, hilly but enjoyable. In full: Thanks guys. First marathon for mw and what memories. Last 6 miles were tough though, hills seemed, and were, there from start.to finish, but.this made the challenge only more so. Date of review: October 9, 2011
In short: tougher than expected! In full: Overall a decent race, but it would be a bit lonely out there with only the car as company! maybe another water station would have been good. I was a bit shocked at the hilly nature of the race, the website said elevation gain of 119m, my Garmin said 242m, a big difference, with this knowledge I would have paced better! so pleased to have finished albeit slower than expected but still satisfied due to tough nature of course. Date of review: August 22, 2011
In short: Hilly! In full: Could have been better sign posted to get to the registration place. The race was well marshalled, a tough course, run through some lovely parts of the Island. Well worth doing, but like I said Hilly and did I say it was tough ?? Date of review: August 21, 2011
In short: Great race this morning... a big thank you to all members of Ryde Harriers, especially the Race Director, all the helpers, marshals and the rowing members serving in the bar. In full: A very very tough, but enjoyable course, apart from the last 3 miles which hurt like mad.... Date of review: August 21, 2011