In short: Well organised quick race In full: Parking excellent, race slow for first few miles. Definite PB potential, great weather. Lots for family to do in the water park. Will be back next year without doubt and hopefully will run a bit quicker!! Date of review: May 15, 2009
In short: Quick and undulating In full: Very well organised and the course was fast. A few ups and downs but nothing major, a few people moaned about a hill at 10miles but it's not a bad hill it's just gets a mention as it's the biggest on the course and also at 10 miles so people focus on it. To me it is a great PB course and I cut 5mins off mine.
I only have 2 comments to improve this run. Drinking from a cup is near impossible when running, if it costs a little extra for bottles on drink stations then add a couple of £'s to the entry fee as it's still a bargin price and I for one would be willing to pay the extra as it's worth it especially when hot.
2nd, unfortuantly this one I don't think the organisers can do anything about but it's food for thought for the runners wanting to get a good time. The lanes at the start are very narrow and there's a lot of slower runners going to the front and ignoring the positioning signs for expected finishing. They then start with a mild jog which clogs up the narrow start for the people wanting to run a good time. Not sure how this can be solved as it's up to the runner to be honest about their finishing times and starting the right section. Date of review: May 15, 2009
In short: Worth the trip from Somerset In full: Great HQ at the Water Park. Congested lanes to begin but otherwise fine, testing route. Good support. Easy egress at the end. Well done Hinckley. Hope the female runner who 'spiked' her Mini on the wooden stake managed to free her car Date of review: May 13, 2009
In short: Picturesque run In full: I thoroughly enjoyed running round the undulating Midlands' countryside. Five water stations, chip timing and plenty for family and friends to do while waiting for me to finish all added to the attraction. Date of review: May 13, 2009
In short: Hard work for a first timer! In full: My first go at a half and came in just under predicted time. Despite my slowness (one of the last 5 finishers) I was still cheered all way round by locals and marshalls and given great encouragement. Little too hot and hilly for the prep I'd done, so can't wait to have another go on fitter, more trained, legs next year. Great t-shirt which was worn with pride for the rest of the day. Very well organised. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Well improved course - except for the For Sale sign! In full: Next year can the organisers make sure that any protruding For Sale signs are avoidable! I made a sharp left turn in the village at mile 9 and nearly got knocked out by a low positioned sign attached to a building. I am still nursing the bruise and trying to explain to work colleagues that I really didn't see the 3ft x 2ft sign! With a great improvement on the course to previous years, this will only increase the popularity of this hidden gem. There is PB potential and although there are some undulations, the last 2 miles (yes that's right - 2 miles!) are all down hill. So if you can make it to mile 11, you can let rip for the final 2. Another good t-shirt at the end (although my name was covered up by the second silver ink colour!). I'll be there next year for the 6th year in a row. Date of review: May 11, 2009