In short: A lovely half marathon in a lovely part of the world In full: Fantastic race. Organisation was faultless, weather was a bit too sunny but can hardly blame them for that. Water stations plentiful and well manned, exemplary marshalling. Nice t-shirt and especially welcome was the tea and sandwiches at the end! This course is not flat, there are plenty of gentle uphills to keep it interesting. The mix of seaside, fishing village, forest and countryside makes for an constantly changing background and the finish beside the cathedral is lovely. Got a PB so a little biased but I'd definitely recommend it ... and I'll be back next year! Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Very well organised and friendly. In full: Small race but very slick. Well marashalled and more water stations than you though possible in race of this size. Well worth the journey. Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Beautiful course. Well organised. Great value. Pity I couldn't run faster. In full: Nice local feel. Not that many runners (around 100) so you're on your own for long periods. The sun was hotter than you would expect although plently of water stations and marshall encouragement. I could have done with a couple more hgels and an outboard. Would do another, contrary to my Steve Redgrave-esque "shoot me if I ever sign up for that one again" chat at the end. Date of review: September 19, 2006
In short: Well organised early autumn half In full: Well organised, plenty of water stations, pretty flat course with little traffic, and lots of marshals. Seems to be run by particularly friendly runners ! Hot again this year, but that isn't really the organisers fault !!!Marathon also starts an hour and a half before the half and 10k so if you are towards the back of that there will still be others around when you finish. Date of review: September 11, 2006
In short: Fantastic race In full: Really well organised with loads of water stations and I love the bag! A bit sparse near the back but friendly marshalls. A great course if you're going for a pb. Date of review: September 7, 2006
In short: Great race for a first-time half marathon In full: An excellent choice for my first half marathon. Fantastic organization, and a mainly flat course. The scenery was glorious; rural and coastal views all the way, although I felt very envious of the lucky people sitting outside the pub in Lossie having a pint as we ran past. Lots of water stops, which was much needed on a very hot day. All the runners who passed me (heeee!) were very supportive, as were the marshalls.
The only things I would have changed would be to get a tee shirt instead of the (very nice) kit bag, and to have some sort of directional signs to the start of the race from the main road.
In short: A great race in glorious countryside In full: My first marathon , and boy was it a mental battle for me but the plentiful water stops the patient and freindly marshalls and the piper at the start as well as the great finishers medal made the day really special for me !!!! Next year a defo on my race calendar !!!! Date of review: September 4, 2006
In short: Excellent race In full: Definately doing it again next year. The route was great, organization brilliant. Plenty of water stations along the way. Bit disapointed that we had a shoe bag instead of a t-shirt. Date of review: September 4, 2006