In short: Its improved but still room for improvement In full: Since I did it last time, the race start has changed, and the course has more traffic free zones. The majority of marshalls and staff at the water stations were so happy and friendly, however there was one marshall who had her face down to her knees.
The use of no waiting cones in the middle of the road I found interesting, surely for the money correct cones could should have been used.
The water stations were in the right place, but what happened to the High 5 drink at the half way point? All there was water, if you advertise that it will be there, the promise need to be delivered.
The medal was nice.
Toilets: Why hire so many portaloos but never a urnial block. The latter would free up the loos for the girls.
Would I do it again - don't know. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Nothing special but nice PB. In full: Very windy day, especially the second half of the race (the wind was mostly behind us up until then). I got a PB of over 3 minutes. Tewkesbury WAS my slowest race up until today (ran it three years ago in the blazing heat) so I'm very pleased with that. There are a few things they can still improve on though: 1. More loos at the start. People were still queuing when we started. Mostly their own fault but there were not enough. 2. An extra water station, at around mile 11, would be nice. 3. The start was odd. The starting pen for the 1:05 to 1:20 runners was huge. I started at the front of the next pen and there was a huge gap between me and everyone else. And then all of a sudden the race started. In most races (all races?) everyone would be moved forward but we had to run the extra bit to the start (where people should have been in the starting area). I thought that was very peculiar.
Obviously not the organisers fault but the atmosphere was not existent and the support from the locals poor. The course was dangerous in places. I've had never seen a tractor do an emergency stop until today. And the run through the town centre at the end had runners running next to cars coming past and the gap was not very big. Eventually there was a coned off area for runners but cars were hitting the cones. The finish area was good. I'll try not to moan about the goody bag (but some chocolate would have been nice).
Where was the sports retailer that was supposed to be there? I would have bought a long sleeve top or a jacket (as I forgot mine and was freezing with that wind).
Tewkesbury is a nice location for a half marathon. The course obviously has PB potential and although you cannot describe it as hilly as there are no steep climbs, it is certainly not flat. Not sure I will do it again as I have conquered my bogey race.