In short: good out and back- with interest on the shingle! In full: Great organisation - with lots of parking nearby (a plus if you are from "out of town"). If it had not been raining, this would have been an excellent, uplifting run - but with the rain - along with seaweed and deep puddles - concentration was required on where to put the next step!!!
Everyone was really friendly. The marshalls were great (thanks for coming out on a wet Sunday morning!! :) ) Nice to have the faster runners cheering us slow ones at the back over the finish, and a nice bit of soup at the end to warm up with.
loved the hot/cold pack in the goody bag - well used already!!!
hope to see you next year. Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Interesting mixed-terrain course. Tougher than i thought it was going to be! In full: The course starts with a nice flat run along the front but then turns back and goes a bit mental from mile 8, running over muddy fields, over shingly beaches and round commons. So I found it pretty hard going for last few miles and had to abandon pace. Really needs one more drinks station (perhaps replace the one at mile 10/11 with one at about mile 5/6. Apart from that well organised and good fun. Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Multi terrain â€“ tarmac, shingle, grass, mud & seaweed! In full: It was great to run the GSR finishing stretch feeling so fresh! I found this race quite hard but enjoyable â€“ the format of off and on road worked really well, but I am sure that a lot of PBâ€™s would have been lost in the mud and seaweed on the beach. Nice friendly Marshalls but I was expecting a water station at mile 6 (the pre-race map seemed to indicate the 3 & 6 mile stations were one and the same) so was really gasping at mile 9. Jelly beans were lovely. Nice goody bag â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.. thanks for the ice/heat pack
In short: Lovely low key event despite the grey clouds and mud In full: Its was a nice scenic route but at 9 miles went off road and got quite tough because of all the rain that they had been having. Very well marshalled and organised. Nice goody bag. Wet uneven sand at the end almost killed me and made my legs go lactic casing me to walk last mile but despite this was a great race. Local kids cheering at edge telling everyone to run like Micheal Owen made me chuckle. Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Loved the contrast between the fast and flat and the muddy / shingle. In full: Loved the contrast between the fast and flat and the muddy / shingle. This was my first half so I wasn't sure on the pacing. I was so busy keeping upright on the slippy mud and avoiding puddles that I was totally relaxed in the last 5 miles. And I came home in less than my target time! Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Enjoyable, well organised, challenging, loved the jelly babies In full: Like others I thought mile 8-12 pretty hard going but also did a pb so can't complain and in retrospect enjoyed the challenge although i hurt like hell but might need to train harder? Could have done with extra water station but otherwise really well organised, good job and thank you to Rob and all the marshals. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: First half that involved shingle In full: Overall a nice race, was flying until i hit the mud and shingle but still managed a PB so cant complain. My only gripe would be, they need more toilets and another water station. The jelly babies were nice, so thanks to the marshalls, they do this at reading but they end all over the place, this time i actually had some. Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: A flat course with interesting bits, well organised, friendly atmosphere In full: This was very well organized event with some interesting off road mud and soft shingle along the beach and a few rain showers which made for a challenging run. The stewards and marshals did a wonderful job and the bowls of jelly babies went down well along with lots of smiling and encouragement, you all did a great job guys well done!! Thank you Rob Date of review: February 21, 2010