In short: Too many runners for such a tight and narrow course, but I'll be back next year for a go at my PB In full: This isn't a bad race, but I can't help but feel that the organisers have been a bit greedy with the number of participants.
There are so many bottlenecks and narrow parts of the course (where you are running in one lane on the road, trying to avoid runners coming the opposite direction), that the sheer number of mid-pack runners who tend to run two or three abreast, makes it quick difficult to make progress.
Fast course though, if you can get near the front.
Final point - the entry system went a bit crazy this year. I entered via the Havens Hospices web site, where the payment is managed by PayPal and they didn't receive my entry despite taking my money. The team at Havens Hospices were superb in sorting this out for me though, both via the phone and then on the day. Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: Flat, fast and friendly In full: Very well-organised race with lots of friendly marshals. Course is definitely pb-friendly, flat along the seafront for a couple of loops. Cloud and light rain spoilt the seaside views but kept us all cool. back next year, Thank you.
In short: Good all-rounder In full: Very lucky with the weather, as a half in mid-June could have been scorching. Yet light rain and a light breeze along the sea-front made it perfect running conditions. No hills (unless you count a slight incline around mile 11), so your legs do feel the constant pounding with no break from the flat. However it does mean you can get round pretty quick. It is a two lap race - if you don't like doing loops/laps then don't do this race. The loop is good way to test your pace and try and do a negative split(!). Great also if your running with people you know as at each turn you always see someone coming back (in front) or from behind. Great for morale. Fantastic marshalls - smiley despite getting wet Great water stations and sponge stations. Thanks to all the volunteers on these. Shame that there was no 'free' t-shirt, but appreciate it's all for charity. Also a shame there was no choc/fruit bar to finish. After 13.1 miles even a banana would have been welcome. Can't fault it though - it's easy to travel to with the train station opposite the start, traffic free route and a good friendly atmosphere.
In short: A straight road out, same one back and the whole thing again was just a little too boring for me - sorry. In full: I imagine that the decent club runner would find the straight, flat road excellent incentive to achieve a PB. However, as an average club runner, I would have liked a little more to look at. No fault of the organisers though. It is what it is, but I won't be doing it again. Also, whilst the car park marshalling was great for incoming cars, trying to leave the event was an absolute nightmare; it took me 35 minutes to get to tarmac. Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: Lovely coastal route with great support ideal PB In full: Great support all the way along the course from marshals, water stations and the general public. Temperature better this year Date of review: July 8, 2010