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
In short: Hilly, wet and tough; a nice day out In full: I heard rumours beforehand about this being a really tough Half Marathon. Well, they were right. But it was more a triathlon: a run, with a swim through the puddles/rain, and a bit of climbing thrown in instead of the cycling.
I can usually recall how many hills I ran up/down, but not today. However, the one around the 8 mile mark will forever hold a special place in my memory. I'm sure I saw a Yeti at one point, but I imagine I was just delirious from the pain.
Despite the tough course, the awful weather, and the narrow lanes, I managed to post a new PB so something must've gone right.
Organisation was good, and the marshals were a great encouragement. Water stops were frequent but in my view superfluous - you just had to open your mouth and look up!
I'll be doing this one again next year. Date of review: November 6, 2005