In short: Great Race - Always get a PB here! In full: It's a great race, well organised admittedly it was a little narrow in places and the usual problems with people starting in the wrong pens (but there aren't many races with such a large field without this problem). I found the course to be the correct length 13.17 miles on Garmin with a lot of weaving, so not sure about the previous peoples comments on this. Lovely finish along the seafront towards the pier, good crowd support along the seafront, although a little quieter on the stretch past the marina. Adequate water stops and great PB potential, I've got one every time I run this race, as the course is mostly flat, with one incline. Overall a great race in a lovely setting, fortunately we had amazing sunshine as well this year to make it even better. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Good Half Marathon but was it the correct distance? In full: I cant fault the organisation for this one, park and ride was brilliant (and very quick transfers top and from the race), the use of the toilets at the race course were welcomed, changing and baggage was very handy and seemed to work well. The race was "very busy an narrow" in places, usual problems with runners being a little bit off with their anticipated times so therefore were in the wrong pens!! (nothing new there though) My garmin also made the course alot longer than the 13.1? Other than that great weather and a great supporting crowd. Many Thanks to the volunteers that helped put the event on! Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Great half marathon but was it too long again? I made it 21.63km. In full: Good atmosphere, lots of refreshments, friendly, flat and great scenery. I think it was too long again though as I made it 21.63km. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Nice flat route with definite PB potential In full: This race has had some poor feedback over the last few years, but I couldn't fault it this year! Well organised, nice route with nice views, good crowd control and nice medal!! Excellent PB potential with the route being mainly flat! I'll definitely be back again!! Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: So much better organised than previous years In full: Near perfect running conditions. After 'difficulties' in previous years this race ran well today. No problems with toilets or baggage as in previous years. Well marshalled and frequent water stations. Race is certainly at its limit size-wise a fair bit of jostling in first couple miles. Fairly steep entry fee but demand is there. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Well organised race but was it too long again? In full: Second time running this one and again it delivered. Well organised; well supported; scenic route by the sea; plenty of water and energy drinks which was brilliant and well-manned; fantastic marshalls. For such a big field, the organisation was brilliant.
Nice medal again; goody bag was decidedly average (Mars Bar and packet of crisps).
Lastly, my Nike+ watch measured the course at 21.7Km...nobody else has said anything so I'm guessing I've taken the long way around!
In short: Fab dayfab weather, fab crowd, what more could you want? In full: Huge event well organised and great atmosphere. Crowds cheer all the way, and regular water/energy drink stations make it an easy run. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: great scenery, great race. In full: Really enjoyed this race today. Well Organised. Got the measurements right this year. Was my first half, and a training race for vlm. Well do it again next year Date of review: February 17, 2013