In short: Well organised flatish city half In full: This was the 4th time I've done this and whilst it was by far my slowest due to my lack of preparation I think the organisation etc was the best so far. Support from Marshalls and the public was very good and thought the finish was very slick, medal/T-shirt/bannana/chip removal (big contrast with Cov the week before). My wife had a bad time after feeling ropey early on, but she is full of praise for the support from all the Marshalls and the public and the announcer at the end who praised her smile. So special thanks to everyone who gave Clare encouragement, it was really appreciated. Date of review: October 9, 2011
In short: Great atmosphere, really friendly, flat apart from last mile. In full: This was my first half marathon and I loved it. It was well organised and definitely suitable for all different abilities. Some of the marshals were a. It quiet but then again, some were amazing. I particularly loved the lad marshalling at St Margarets Church, which was about 10-11 miles, he was practically singing!! The public were great and the atmosphere was really encouraging. The only real gripe, at a push, was there was no entertainment for spectators in Victoria Park. My parents came along to watch and look after my two young children and I had breezily promised them 'all sorts of stalls and bouncy castles etc'. Having said that, they enjoyed it anyway and walked into town with the kids. Despite running on some of the main roads, I had no gripes with the course at all. What else can you expect with a city marathon? There were some lovely parts to it, for example Watermead Park. On the whole, a brilliant race! Date of review: October 9, 2011
In full: This is an interesting race, a rather dull first few miles but some nice bits around the park, however some crazy twists and turns, up and down subways, up and and down kerbs in the last few miles really slows it down and loses your rhythm. I like the band in the centre towards the end and it is good value when compared to the Robin Hood, just a shame about miles 8 to 12!
In short: Pleasant half marathon. In full: Having done the full a couple of years ago I decided to have a shot at completing the half this year. The event had grown a bit in those two years and was a really nice run even if there were very very minor bottlenecks at the start as people started too far forward or too far back.
The sections through the parks are brilliant and coming back through High Cross with the marching band echoing from ahead was very cool. The final hill did drag again but seeing as i love a nice incline i won't moan n was able to pick a couple of places up.
Does beat Nottingham for value comfortable but hasn't quite got the atmosphere of that one.
Lovely day out though and I am sure that i'll be back doing one or the other in the future. Date of review: October 9, 2011
In short: good fast race (HM), gets tougher in the 2nd half. Good support and marshalling. In full: Finally I got around to doing my local half marathon. Overall a good day. It has a big race feel at the start. The course is good, but the 1st half is faster than the 2nd. I did lose time in the 2nd half, it gets a bit twistier and slower, the last mile is up hill also, this drags a little but that's part of the challenge! It was well marshalled in general, there was also a decent amout of support throughout. Must give a big thanks to the drumming band playing just past John Lewis's, they were great and you hear them for ages, just what you need near the end. OK for a PB, but I reckon the Nottingham might edge it slightly. Date of review: October 9, 2011