In short: Great Event which will go from Strength to Strength In full: This is my second year at the Woodland Half Marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed the race. Bourne Woods is a wonderful location for a run and the atmosphere this year was as good as ever. The marshals did a great job and the course was clearly marked. There were plenty of water stops, ample parking and even a 'sausage bap' van for a little post race snack. I don't run many 1/2 marathons so I did a quick look around t'Internet at the price of other events as a comparison: EDF £25, Reading £31.50, Brighton £29 and Cardiff £29. Now I think I paid about £18 for this event so I have no problems with that. I know some were expecting a 'T' shirt but I would prefer the price kept down instead of another long sleeved white 'T' shirt with the name of some event on it. This is my third FatFeet event and I have another planned for August. I was at the Grimsthorpe 70 last year and it was a top notch event. Some have commented about the results taking a while to be published. This happens sometimes even with well established events. I ran the Fellsman in 2010 and they were days getting them out and this is a race that is very well established (started in the 1960's I think). So if you are reading these reviews with an eye on entering in 2012, come along and see for yourself I don't think you will be disappointed. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Not well organised, disapointing medal In full: I was very disapointed with this event, although the run through the woods was very scenic. The medal recieved was poor I would have liked to see the year on the medal or at least the lanyard. I was also convinced that the website said that there would be a T- Shirt as well as the medal so again was disapointed.
There was also a problem with the race pack, myself and 4 others I know of never recieved their packs in the post and there appeared to be a lot of numbers collected on the day, thats a awful lot to have gone missing in the post!
I dont think i will be entering another Fat Feet event, which is a real shame because the Woodland Half has the potential to be an excellent event.
In short: Incredibly poor value for money though scenery made up fo it in part! In full: I'm afraid if Fat Feet want to attract runners they are going to have to sharpen up their act value-wise by some considerable margin. On the plus side the scenery was fantastic and the marshalls very friendly but the goodie bag did little to justify the name with a muesli bar, a nondescript medal and two energy gels - what happened to the t-shirt which was advertised? The course was challenging with plenty of hills, one of my fellow competitors remarked that there seemed to be more uphill than downhill but my Garmin confirms that if anything, the opposite was true! It is now two days since the race and there is still no sign of the results - very poor - I'm afraid Fat Feet have had the last of my money which is a shame as they have some lovely venues. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Encouraging marshalls, plenty of water but very poor goody bag In full: Great scenery, double number of toilets to last year. Marshalls vocal and they'd added an extra water station. However goody bags very poor and no t shirt. Tough course & mostly all uphill from 12mile marker to a little bit of downhill to finish line. Very good photos. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Disappointing In full: This was my first Fat Feet event and must say I was left really disappointed.
It started well enough with the free car parking but then the queue for the toilets. Why only 4 portaloos and a lack of toilet paper? I know the lack of portaloos was raised as a problem with last years race but it appears this was not addressed.
The race itself through Bourne Wood was very pleasant and generally well marshalled although there was at least one marshall free point where I could see no yellow sign and could easily have gone straight on instead of a sharp left.
For me though the thing that was really gutting was on finishing and finding no t-shirt and a poor medal in the goody bag. I did ask and was told by one of the girls that she thought they weren't bothering with t-shirts, only medals this year. It was advertised with a t-shirt and you had to give your size on entering so will raise this with the organisers.
The medal made no mention of the race or the year, just that you'd completed a Fat Feet run (the lanyard did mention the race but not the year). So as I'm supposed to be down for Grimsthorpe in August does that mean I'll be getting the same medal? Maybe it works out cheaper for Fat Feet to give the same medal for all their events but it just smacks of penny pinching to me. I'd certainly be annoyed getting that if I ever run Rutland marathon
Slow to get the results as now 2 days after the event and no details on the Fat Feet website. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Lovely scenery - no value for money In full: No chip-timing, no T-Shirt (said so in the description), standard medal with no year indication, no race results (two days after the race). Poor goody bag (one muesli bar and two energy gels). Lovely scenery, good support from the marshalls.
In short: Very scenic, tough terrain, great support In full: Definitely not PB potential, with a few cheeky inclines and due to dry weather the multi-terrain was tough going over horse and bike tracks. But it was scenic to make the miles more bearable!
Marshalls were great and good atmosphere from supporters. However the let down was the water in plastic cups (especially at the end of race) and the goody bag was disappointing, with no T-Shirt. Date of review: May 30, 2011
In short: Scenic but tough In full: Bourne Woods is a beautiful place and enjoy walking around it and now run around it. Some of the course was very rough under feet, but more from the dry weather. Great support from the marshalls and due to multiple laps could have a bit of banter with. Water in plastic cups is a bit poor and no t-shirt despite putting size on entry form (have e-mailed Fat Feet concerning), so feel despite a good race a bit poor value for 18 quid Date of review: May 30, 2011