In short: Larger field caused organisational problems In full: Last year I really enjoyed this race; I think about 400 did the half, it was full without being packed in the clubhouse beforehand, and the toilet queues were bearable.
This year, according to the starter, 1000 started. The clubhouse was packed solid (and with the cold, standing outside wasn't much of an option) and the queues for the toilet ridiculous; in fact they had to open a back door because runners leaving for the start couldn't get through the main doors because of the toilet queues. I think if this race is to go on with such numbers, thought must be given how better to accomodate them all before the race, especially with the cold weather to be expected at this time of year.
The only other comment I have about the race is that I can't remember less enthusiasm from the marshals anywhere; I think one of them muttered well done as I staggered past, but all the others stood there stone-faced and mute. This may seem a small point, but it really makes a difference when you have the sort of enthusiastic, cheerful and encouraging banter that you get at, say, the Watford Half every year.
Other than that, a good tough test with some very nice scenery, although I swear those hills get bigger each year... Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Beautiful scenery, lovely sunshine & speedy final mile In full: I feel like a child at a party for saying "what no goodie bag?" but for the entry fee it would have been nice to get more than a medal. Anyway, that aside, this was my 1st 1/2 and I really enjoyed it. Hills were killers, but the downhills were fun - beautiful scenery and sunshine too. Another grumble would be lack of loos at start, but all in all I had a great day. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Good, but challenging course - let down by the organisation In full: A few gripes: the lack of signs to parking / race start, limited toilets, lack of anywhere to leave kit, no count-down to race start, water not poured out at drinks stations. Also for £13, to just get a cheap looking medal is a bit steep! However, despite the course being challenging it was across beautiful land and I enjoyed it! Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Nice Race In full: Very scenic, I will agree with the other comments about the water stations, not enough people to man them so had to wait for water, and no banana etc at the end was a bit poor, nice 'trying' course tho. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: A hard race - big hills - but scenic and worth doing In full: The organisation wasn't great - not enough directions to help you find the start. Parking was good though. Not enough water on the course and nothing to eat at the end. I enjoyed it though, even though the hills, and particularly the first at mile 3, made it really hard. Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Fine race - quite enjoyable In full: Nice friendly race, couple of niggles - with problems parking, long q's for the loos meant missed the start, but this meant able to overtake a fair number of people round the course and this helped to motivate along the way, also got stopped to allow traffic to cross was a little frustrating. Some nice hills to make this a more challenging course, also measured the course slightly long 13.35. But this was a nice race Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Not a race I would expect to get a PB, but somehow..... In full: Really enjoyed it, challenging without being OTT & downhill bit at the end was a relief. Also managed a PB which was a bit of a bonus Date of review: March 5, 2006