In short: From the perspective of a first time Half-Marathoner, this was the type of race that makes you want to come back for more punishment. - In full: As one of the youngest racers there, I was overwhelmed by how friendly the whole thing was: already looking forward to next year... Date of review: March 11, 2008
In short: A challenging but friendly mixed terrain half marathon with some nice touches. In full: What a fun event with a small field of 230 runners and a friendly atmosphere. As it is an out and back course the slower and faster runners shout encouragement to each other as they pass. The organiser Dr. Rob adds some wonderfully eccentric touches including a wife carrying race and singing the national anthem at the start. The terrain is mixed, mud, sand and a little bit of road and quite hilly. The marshalls were friendly and encouraging. The water stops included jelly babies and maltesers. At the end you get a bright yellow T shirt (with your name included in a list on the back) and a clear plastic paperweight featuring four runners in 3D; beats a medal. There are showers available after and you even get a cooked breakfast. Can't wait until next year. Well done to all involved. Date of review: March 10, 2008
In short: Over too soon! In full: Dr Rob et al must again be congratulated for another classic in the making. Although not as tough as the Munro (what is?) it was a schizophrenic affair needing good discipline – which I obviously lacked! You might have thought that, as it was mostly downhill for the second half, once you hit the tower it was easy. We who know Dr Rob’s fetish for things vertical should not be fooled and the final climb to the Temple was murder! I have always thought that I was “vertically challenged” because I’m short, but this gave new meaning to the term! The rain the day before was a pity - thanks to the detailed route on the website I had done most of the course beforehand and this was amongst the muddiest I have seen it, which meant much weaving between puddled ruts.
Minor gripe – the memento is identical to the Munro ’07 one bar the (scratched) plate on the front – I hope we see something new later this year. Lovely T-shirt, although a smaller size (for us little folk, if not the ladies) would have been good.
Overall though a winner. The 80 or so that didn’t turn up should be kicking themselves, and I hope they, like me, will be there next year. Date of review: March 10, 2008
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable - an instant success! In full: This was a fantastic event - a tough and challenging yet scenic course, excellent organisation, friendly atmosphere and to top it off a free post race cooked breakfast for all! This event must surely become an regular fixture after such a successful debut. A hearty thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: March 10, 2008
In short: 13 miles of X-country. Brilliant! In full: This has to be the best half-marathon I've ever done, and the slowest time! Over 6 miles going up on the way out, meant an exhilarating six mile downhill section with loads of nice soft mud and sand. Trail running at its finest! Date of review: March 10, 2008