In full: Fairly tough course took me through some pretty places on the IOW. However this did not make up for very poor organization - namely, lack of signposts/marshalls enroute, not enough waterstations. Having made considerable effort to get there, really wondered why I'd bothered.
In short: Disappointing In full: I don't know the IOW particularly well but I'm sure there must be a better half marathon course than this somewhere on the island. Most of the course was on traffic clogged A-roads with no pavement and poor direction. Medal didn't even have a ribbon!! Date of review: August 16, 2010
In short: Definitely a small scale club run In full: Came over with the wife and kids to do this so at least I had somewhere to leave my bag which was otherwise poorly organised and it sort of went like that all round. Lack of marshalls compared to just about every other half I've ever done (and I saw several runners heading back towards us having gone the wrong way). This is fundamental to organising a race I think. Understand the traffic but didn't find it a problem. Medal is woeful - would be better to put the money to charity than provide something so poor. The route itself was challenging and there was a great atmosphere amongst the runners. Far better than running on your own in a training run but not much of an "event". Date of review: August 16, 2010
In short: Hilly course with some lovely views - worth the trip In full: You get what you pay for - and when you pay £8/£10 don't expect goody bags, super medals and t-shirts or traffic-free roads. This is a club race and IMHO a pretty good one. Low-key can be good The course is pretty hilly for the first 10 but then has a fast and kind last 3 miles. I heard about some of the leaders going off the wrong way and I can guess exactly where - there was a left turn followed by an almost immediate right turn. I was on my own and wondered which was to go but then saw the sign but it wasn't obvious - a marshal was needed there.
I would like a ribbon added to the medal with a year on it though. And like normal, I'd like orange squash added at the water stations.
The ferry over and 1930s tube train journey is always fun with the kids and makes the event a little different. Date of review: August 16, 2010
In short: Did what I came to do! In full: I entered this race hoping to beat my old PB back in seaford and smash 2hrs. Luckily for me I finished on 1:59 dead, which was surprising after having so many stops and also being blocked by a slow bus! At one point the race route wasn't defined enough and had a difficult choice in deciding whether or not to trust the smiling runner in red who pointed out the next road for us. I didn't mind the medal having no ribbon at the end, but not even having just a digestive biscuit or banana at the finish kind of put a dampener on the event for myself (This is what I got after Seaford HM. I know there was hot food in the rugby club but you still had to pay for it!).
Highs: -Banter with other runners suggesting "slipstreaming" the bus that blocked our way! -Beat 2hrs and set a new PB! -Seeing the sights the day before.
Lows: -No goody bag :( -Traffic was bothersome at the start. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In full: Was in a group of three in 4th place at 6 miles. First two are way ahead and long gone, come to a junction, which way do we go ? no marshall, no sign. Went straight on. wrong. Ran an extra 2 miles along with around probably 10-20 others. All it would have taken was a sign, a right turn sign. Tapered for this race, paid money to come over. Not happy. Thanks to all the other marshalls who helped out. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Best half-marathon I've ran so far! In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this event. The organisation was brilliant, with plenty of drink stations and sponge stations as well which were a lovely blessing in the blazing heat! Fantastic value as well, at just £10 for on the day entry. Quite a hilly route, and as it is all on the road, perhaps not as picturesque as it could have been if it had encompassed some off road, but nonetheless, I really do recommend it to others. :-) x Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Get what you pay for! A good, club organised, run with decent scenery In full: Understand the gripes about traffic and the perfunctory medal but this is a decent race amongst some good scenery and at a more than reasonable price. As long as you're not expecting a top of the range event unlikely to be disappointed. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Busy roads; lack of marshalls; no bag drop-off; poor medal. Don't bother! In full: When you consider the effort and expense which most participants go to in order to take part in this run, I think that we have a right to expect something better than this. The race is on some of the Island's busiest roads (mostly without footpaths), and the constant cars and caravans pay scant attention to the runners as they drive past. There's not even any reward to be had in the scenery! It was particularly soul-destroying to then end up running the wrong way due to a lack of marshalls at a critical road junction - a whole bunch of us did this, losing several minutes in the process. No finish clock (had punched my watch in protest at 13.1 miles on my Garmin, expecting to then at least see what my 'official' time was!). Pointless medal with no ribbon at the finish. No goody-bag. No secure organised bag drop. Very poor indeed. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Not as hard as I thought it was going to be In full: This was the first time I had taken part in this race but assumed it would be along the lines of the Ryde 10 in Feb. Actually the hills were not as bad as I was expecting and I managed a personal best at this distance so it is possible. The organisation wasn't great, with cars driving through the start right up to the last minute and the bag drop wasn't exactly as secure as it could be. I entered on the day and queueing to register seemed anathema to some people. Once underway there was lots of traffic, which was reasonably considerate to runners, but most annoying were some of the lead runners getting lost at a roundabout with no marshal(I think they ran an extra 2 miles!). This needs tightening up for next year. Also Ryde Harriers seem to be conducting a crusade against MP3s, which is disappointing as it will discourage first timers and fun runners. On a positive note, the race itself was really rewarding, with some challenging climbs which tested the legs. Thank you to all those who encouraged the stragglers up some of the final steep climbs - really supportive. I would definitely do it again but it would be improved by a bit more organisation. Date of review: August 15, 2010