In short: Well organised, friendly, interesting undulating course In full: This was only my second organised half-marathon after doing Croydon in March. I found the unseasonal heat a real problem but enjoyed the variations of the "B" shaped course. Very well organised and perfect for beginners like me. Date of review: September 29, 2014
In short: Greet run In full: Well set up from parking down to running , very hot on the day and bottled water on the run may have helped. Liked the late start as i live fifty miles away. Hope to do it again. Date of review: September 29, 2014
In short: Hot hot hot!! In full: Very well organised race. Shame it was so hot on the day. Course hard but fair. Didn't enjoy the figure of 8 configuration. Question why it starts at 11, would be better with an earlier start Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: great event In full: weather was against us today as it was very hot. The course was tough but fair and the scenery and support superb. Although my time was off target and I struggled in the heat I am glad I did this one. The organisation was very impressive and the marshals were great Date of review: September 28, 2014
In short: Great event In full: Undulating course with good surfaces and support dotted throughout the course. Lots of water stations and friendly marshalls and cheering along the way. A downhill section at about 6 miles leads you past the start/finish and lots of cheering and a big lift.
I do wonder if the two loops that make up the course would be better run in reverse though, so that this point came a bit later on and we got to enjoy a downhill finish.
Plenty of stalls and food on the go (if you don't mind cheap, chewy burgers) and everybody seemed very friendly.
Goodie bag had a kit-kat, water and a pedometer in, so was a bit disappointing.
The idea of giving the first 100 a gold medal and the next 200 a silver is good - a compromise between those who want a memento and those who believe medals are for winners.
Main problem was lack of toilets. I don't understand why they think 15 or so is enough for an event that is meant to cater to 1800 plus family, friends etc. Date of review: October 3, 2013
In short: Fantastic run through the countryside In full: This is a brilliant half marathon and without doubt a race I had been looking forward to for months. It’s very well organised, starting with easy access to loads of parking close to the start/finish. Good amenities, although like most races a few more loo’s would go down well. Not too bad for the gents but the ladies queue stretched on for a bit.
The scenic rural course is challenging and undulating with a small section of off-road. The roads are closed so no need to worry about traffic, just plod along and enjoy the countryside and the support of the locals.
Most importantly the finishers medal is a good chunky medallion on a quality ribbon which can be proudly displayed on any chest.
If I had one complaint it would be the disappointing turnout. The organisers really need to improve the website and maximise the use of social media to get the message out there. This is a great race and should really attract a lot more runners! Spread the word.
In short: The hills get steeper every year. In full: Very well organised, with friendly marshalling and great to be able to park within a few metres of the start. I've run this several times and after each one I question why I don't find a flatter event to run, but I always come back. Date of review: October 1, 2013