In short: Interesting run with a few hills and slow muddy bit. In full: More signs off main road and into car park would be useful. Also a bit of a trek to the the actual start. Agree that toilets here would be good. Water in cups is difficult. Overall well marshalled and would prob do it again. Thanks for tea and biccies!
In short: Perfect training run with a brew and biccies to finish In full: Echo the point with regard to signage for the start and the fact that supporters and race finishers were encroaching onto the finishing stretch. That has potential for an accident. Ten pounds is great value for a half, but either a medal or a t-shirt would have been nice, I've got loads of these draw-string bags, and the fact that this one is claret and blue didn't enthuse either. These minor gripes aside I really enjoyed this race,its a perfect winter/spring training run. Testing but scenic for the first 8 miles or so, the off-road section could have been much worse as could the weather, then a last five that you can really attack if you have the legs left. Great banter with the marshalls and other runners, very friendly feel. The mug of char and two digestives at the end was most welcome also. Best of all was that the winner came from our club, big up Chris Stokes from Sphinx AC. Coventry. Go on the Sphinxies !! Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: A great race, but organisers need to sort some signeage out for the start. In full: PB'd so can't be bad and knocked off over 6 minutes to last years time. A well organised event, with a good atmosphere and nice to have a cuppa and bic bic at the end. Love the off road bit, not as bad as last year, and nice of the holidaymakers to set up a caravan and camp fire to support the runners!!!! Good support from marshall's, only real slight problems were that many people were heading for the registration area thinking it was the start. So a little better signeage for the first timers, and perhaps at the finish line area, it was at times being clogged up by people in the way of finishers. I think on the whole Sleaford Striders should be proud of their achievements in holding the race, and I hope it continues for many years. Good luck to them for their forthcoming 10k event in May Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: A challenging first half of the year! First time at this race and may consider doing it again. In full: Agree with others about the start - no clear signs that it was a mile walk from the car park! Only discovered this while in the ladies queue at about 10.10 am when someone came in to tell us about the distance to the start but as we pointed out, with only 2 toilets available there wasn't a lot we could do to speed things up! Perhaps portaloos for future years could be considered.
Thanks to all the cheering marshalls and the military man dishing out jelly babies at the 7 mile (I think!) water station. Very much appreciated. Bottled water preferable as you can't drink from a cup whilst running.
The off road section could have been a lot worse but you still had to watch your step for fear of going over on your ankle. Probably lost a few minutes overall on both sections.
Well done to all involved but would have prefered a medal...or even a t-shirt (though me & my running buddy did manage to get hold of last year's one!). Goody bag ok but not as good as others I've received...with a medal. But then this half wasn't expensive so I suppose you have to weigh it up against spending £15 - £25. Nice trophies for the deserved winners......ah, maybe next year!
Thanx to the tea lady....... a luvly hot cuppa and unexpected digestive biccies.
In short: Great fun, muddy, a laugh, this could be a big one!! In full: Lovely location and a great atmosphere. The off-road section made for a very different race!! Cup of tea and biscuits afterwards were a nice touch, very welcome. Only minor niggle was the signage into the event and to the registration area. However it was encouraging how many were on hand to support all of the organisation Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: I had a bad day at the office!!! In full: Having picked up an injury a fortnight ago and possibly made it worse at Bungay 20K last week, I decided to have a go at this half. Good venue, tons of car parking, nice friendly stewards, reasonable goody bag, nice that a lot of the "quickies" had stayed around and were giving us plodders some encouragement. Thanks especially to the guy who picked up my drinks bottle that dropped out of its holder near the finish and put himself out to find me and return it. Cheers mate it was really kind.
However the first few mile markers were all over the place, the cycle way "may be slippery if wet" was a mud bath, gypsy kids who obviously had just discovered fire or more particularly smoke, the drinks supplied were a bit pathetic, an inch of water in a plastic cup!! And then at mile 7 I lost a contact lens and was running around like Mr Magoo!! I didn't enjoy this one too much. Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: Great day out In full: Well organised, and no worries with the slippery muddy cross country section. The mile markers at 1 and 2 were 300 or more yards short, but not a huge concern. The new finish line was good too. Thanks to Vicky and Jo who kept me going! Date of review: February 26, 2007