In short: Lovely wooded countryside, very friendly, very wet In full: Great race, though long hills in first couple of miles, at mile 9 and at mile 11, so no PB chance. Chest label chips were a bit of a palaver, and given the rain, would have been nice to have larger changing tent ... one gazebo does not a male changing room make..
Nice T shirt as well ! Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Great run and well managed. I needed all the rain to cool me down after the hills!!! In full: I did not like the timing number! mine tore after about 3 miles and I found myself stabbing at my chest with a pin to get it back on. Looked like other runners were also having problems with the number ripping off.
All this hassle and it did not give an accurate chip time!!! Stick to the good old chip in future. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Wet and windy. A real terror of a course but hugely enjoyable. In full: Even managed a PB for a half marathon, despite the hills. Very friendly race that is well marshalled and great fun. Need to be a sadist to enjoy the hill at 8 miles though. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Challenging, well organised race with a scenic route. In full: Uphill start was a bit depressing and some of the best (worst?) hills I've ever run in a race, but there are noticeable downhill sections to recoup some time and the last few miles were flat enough for a quick finish. Weather couldn't spoil what was a well organised and excellently marshalled race. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Tough course In full: This was my second half and to my surprise I was only 3 seconds out of my first time, which was a much flatter course. The hills are a challenge, but rewarding in a funny way. Organisation was really good, the marshalls were brilliant. Will be back next year with a snorkal and flippers. Did I mention it rained.... Date of review: November 7, 2005