In short: For too long the Dundee half has been a race you run because it is close rather than good. next year I'll enter because it is actually a good race!!!! In full: Since its birth the dundee half has been shambolic to use a non sweary word. Last year was the current organisers 1st year and I thought it was horrendous and even worse than trigger's 13.7 miler. Its amazing how reversing a course can improve a race so much.
By avoiding a lot of Dundee's tourist attractions and the city centre the course may not show dundee off in its best light like the original one but it is decent. As it gets bigger moving back into the city may become possible. The lap of the park makes being there worthwhile (last year's uphill finish running through trees didn't do it for me), it is very fast if the wind is in the normal direction, the rediculous and dangerous late climb has gone and the picturesque finish at the castle with bigger crowds (that was always the races best feature) is back. The organisation was far better and the facilities at the ice rink were far better than the glass pavillion's last year. Shame the family run was cancelled and that the support at the finish was sparser than the last castle finishes but the weather prob played a part. It was a mingin' morning. A later start by an hour or so to get the Ferry's sunday visitors and church goers out on the final stretch could make it even more special. My only gripe was the over trafficconing of the course. Do we really have to run so many tight right angle turns when we cross junctions and pass circles. The only place there weren't cones was tuppany jocks brae where most of the field ran into the triffid. Shame Dundee's press gives next to no coverage to this proper running event in comparison to the massively overhyped "race" for life.
In the past the Dundee half was a race you ran because it was close. If somebody asked me whether it was worth travelling from central scotland I'd prob have said no go to east kilbride its better. Next year I can honestly say I'll enter because I want to run the Dundee half rather than it being something you felt you should run to keep it going. I also wouldn't be embarassed to recommend it to others. Well done to the organisers this race is getting there at last!!!!! Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: Nice folks , Nice place , Good route if a little industrial. In full: Nice route and the free car parking at the start a simple but pleasant extra. Liked the idea of no bag for goodies , enviromentally sound . Water would have been better in sports bottles and perhaps an energy drink station somewhere . Family liked the finish area , did own PB and will be back next year to try and beat it . Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: A good half not dampened by the weather with nice touches In full: This half was relatively flat (the odd undulation but nothing to write home about) and would show good PB potential. The stiff head wind on the day did become a bit wearing but generally the weather was a lot better than it could have been and at least it wasn't too hot. Marshalls were cheerful and there was plenty of water at the stations. The finish at Brought Ferry castle was picturesque. I also appreciated the extra medal for running more than one of the east coast halfs. I'd definitely give this a go next year and try for a PB. A nice touch was the announcer mentioning all by name as we ran accross the line. It gave quite a large race (700 finishers) a small friendly race feel. Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: May appear flat but sting in the tail. In full: Revised route from B/Ferry to Camperdown was scenic but for the mist and light breeze. Cool day, enjoyable race, tough finish back up the brae through Tech Park and Kingsway. Great to run through the trees on the main drive into the park and finish at the big house at the end. There was a good atmosphere at the end with friends and family waiting. Goody was decent. Date of review: January 28, 2008
In short: Good race but needs a little work In full: After interloq took over this event there were high hopes however even though the race was better than previous ones there are a few problems. The issue with the start it was delayed and no there was sound (hooter etc..) to signal that start and there was lack of communication. People cutting corners or not going through the cones - other words people not actually following the route marshalls did nothing about it. The t-shirts had no relevance to the race only the Q-buster online entry thing. Also there was actually no one directing cars in Camperdown before the start and when I went back to the car I noticed a couple of cars had been dumped and blocked exit paths of other cars. Some mile markers were out of place, mile 11 was well out of place. Few people said there was a lack of water stations. There were also good points such as nice finish & nice medal. Course was ok but the climb in last 3/4 miles was hard going. Crowds were good but not that brillant weather played a part in that.
In short: Challenging race, dead flat for 2/3 then uphill for last 4 miles In full: First time for the organisers in Dundee so there were some teething troubles which I'm sure will be ironed out for next time - eg no chip timing mat. The start at Broughty Ferry was lovely and flat. there were enough marshals throughout and enough water. The only real gripe was the route. After 8 miles or so, you left the river and started to climb to Camperdown Park. You climbed 100m in the last 4 miles. (By comparison, the climb at the hill at 11 miles in Alloa is only 25m). Even when you made it into the park it didn't flatten off till the last 600m or so. It seemed very supportive of beginners/slower runners with the commentator and finish team staying in place till the last runners finished. There were lots of unattached runners in the race. The people at the Glass Pavillion in Broughty Ferry were very welcoming to all the runners collecting their numbers at 7.30am on a Sunday morning. They didn't mind all the loo roll being used and were even open for coffees etc! great practical support from a local business. Date of review: July 5, 2007
In short: Could do better In full: All I can say is that the organisers must never have participated in a run as they would have understood the need for toilets at the start of a race!!! Weather was just right with a nice breeze along riverside (good job as there was no water!) Disappointed with the lack of a goodie bag at end, but enjoyed the run and did a PB despite the extra length. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Well marshalled, plenty of water stations, some killer climbs near end! In full: This was the 1st time that I'd ran this race, and had been a bit concerned at comments on the forums from previous years on the distance. Sadly, no toilets at start as apparently Castle St toilets closed a while back- thankfully McDonalds were helpful!! Watewr stations plentiful but bit sparce on Riverside Drive with nothing from beginning of drive to Discovery- I could have used some water on that part of the route as I slowed drammatically there- went from 6:34 min miles to a 8:19 then a 10!!
I would run this again, and keep prepared fro Riverside, Broughtty Ferry road and the walkway. Malawian choir on Discovery was uplifting! Date of review: June 26, 2006