In short: Great until 11miles and the cobbles In full: My first half and without any training I did a fair time so I imagine for those more professional a PB is very achievable.
The only downers for me were the cobbles and hills, twists and turns at the end. You could handle these no problems at the beginning but they finished me off at the end and without the crowd I could have just given up.
The lack of mile markers espcially after 10miles made it very hard to mentally clock the last part.
As a non-runner/beginner standrad I did not feel at all intimadated,it was a friendly race and some runners humbled my selfish reason for running.
Climbing the steps to college green to get my bag almost brought tears post race.
Enjoyable but I'm sticking to 10k's! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Well organised larger race In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this race despite having a shocking last three miles, thought I might have a chance at a pb but struggled hugely at the end. The start with coloured pens and staggered start worked really well and I thought the organisation throughout was excellent. Good first race for anyone thinking trying a half marathon. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Great Atmosphere and Organisation! In full: This was my first ever race I was incredibly under trained, and made terrible time but the only thing stopping me from giving up all together was the crowd, people were giving out sweets along the way :D Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Good organisation, lovely part of the world In full: I really enjoyed the crowd. I agree with others on the mile markers, seems like a simple thing to sort out for next time. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Not enough mile markers! In full: My biggest criticism of this race was that there were only clearly visible mile markers at 1,2,3 and 12 miles! I spotted an 8mile marker sprayed on the ground at one point but couldn't be sre this was official.
The last 3 miles had way too many twists and turns and 2 hills which took away any chance of a super quick time. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere and flat. Good to see it a bit later in Sept this year, so no risk of it being too hot In full: The colour coded start makes a difference to the start and we didn't feel too bogged down early on as a result. Tech t shirt good, as was medal. Could have done with more than just the kitkat for refuel in the goody bag and would prefer to avoid cobbles, but only two minor complaints about what was a really good event. Date of review: October 1, 2012