In short: Fantastic, challenging, beautiful half In full: Had a really good day at the Haweswater Half. Course was quite challenging, undulating/hilly throughout but still PB possible with downhill finish. Well organised and the most beautiful road course you're likely to do. A must. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: excellent, magnificent scenery In full: My first time at Haweswater, seemed very well organised and really like the mug and cuppa at the end. The first half of the route (to the turning point) seemed a long time coming; then the climb back up from the lake (while not very steep) is a long one; fast flattish finish, good marshall support Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Fantastic race, organisation not the best. In full: This is definitly a very special race and worth the long journey from kent to do. My only fault wood be with the organisation. The parked cars in an already narrow road at the start was very poor and the traffic around the finish i think was dangourous at times. That aside it is a wonderfall challenging race in a fantastic location. With improved organisation the race could easily grow to 750 runners. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Worth doing for the scenery alone..... In full: The best half i have run yet, the scenery was really really good especially as you approach the top end of the lake. Its a pretty tough race as there doesn't seem to be many flat sections but then there is no serious hills either. Whats this about free tea at the end, nobody told me....i was just handed my mug and that seemed to be it, shame. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: A great place to hold such an event. A road race with the scenery of a fell race (almost) In full: If your'e going to do a Half Marathon, then why not do it in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Whilst there are a few hills involved, they are steady inclines rather than monumental ascents, I even managed a PB (albeit only by 19 seconds) I thought that the whole thing was organised and run very well, with the water stations being just in the right places. I'll defintely be back next year. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: A gem of a half marathon found amoungst the hills of the lake district In full: My second attempt at Haweswater and again it didn't disapoint.A fantastic run,well organised,marshalled and the free cuppa from Wilf in your finishers cup just hit the spot. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: beautiful scenery, smooth organisation, friendly atmosphere, TOUGH HILLS In full: A lovely event, stunning views along the side of Haweswater, and it is a tough but fast course. It's very enjoyable and I can't reccomend it highly enough. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: A CHALLENGE, BUT STILL ENJOYABLE In full: This is a run to enjoy, but you do need to do your homework because even though the last 5 miles is primarily downhill - it does take its toll on the legs (quad specifically) This is a race that I thoroughly enjoyed in the past. However, this year I have to make some negative comments. Overall the race is well organised. My only regret is that the water points were poor in that the water point at the turn was impossible to access unless you stopped and crossed the path of fellow runners. Making a U-turn at the run you tend to take a wide berth due to the angle so you are away from the water table. Also, the other water table had a max of 2 people and when I tried to reach for the water, the lady pulled her had away and I lost out on getting water. The other negative is that the organisers closed entries weeks before due to the maximum being reached. However, of the 600 entries only about 500 actually ran. So there should have been plenty of the 2009 mugs for the runners. However, fellow club members were given 2008 mugs. We appreciate that some mugs broke, but what would have happened if all 600 entrants arrived. Would they not get any mug?. The momento means a lots - especially to those at the rear of the field and our club members were astounded considering the fact that they entered well in advance and the organisers knew how many mugs would be needed. What a disappointment considering that I love doing this race and recommend it to everyone I speak to. I even encourage our first timers that this is a nice one to do.
I also love the hog roast at the local pub in the past years and this year I was disappointed to find that they were just doing burgers - it did not taste that great - sorry- threw more than half away.
I will still keep the race on my calender as I am sure the organisers will endeavour to resolve these shortcomings which are minor, but detracts from the overall enjoyment of a lovely race. Date of review: March 1, 2009