In short: Fast course (except or the underpass) and good organisation (except for baggage drop off) In full: Apart from the delays caused by the bottlenecks through the town centre and the underpass, which was unacceptable, this is a fast flat course. The road closures and marshalling was well organised. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Great Race Spoiled by Underpass Bottleneck In full: Ran this last year and the course has definately improved. Didn't mind the two laps as didn't have to pass the start line. All in all I found this a great flat friendly race with lots of PB potential.Just a few niggles. Underpass during first mile caused a bottleneck which was just unacceptable. The long queue for baggage. Please just check out other races and see how fast this is normally done. If it had been cold and raining this would have been a big problem. Too many runners wearing headphones oblivious of people trying to pass them. Medals could have been slightly different to last year's.
I'm sure these problems can be ironed out. As usual from Purple Patch a well organised race. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In full: Flat and fast route. However as i live in the area the 2 laps was a little soul distroying and i noted many people dropping out at the lap 2 marker. Otherwise good run to get a PB. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Well organised, well marshalled and pretty decent race. Good mix of abilities and local support good in places. No Goody Bag (well - a banana). Nice Medal though. Get there early (like they advise you to) as queues for loos & bag drop were long. Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Fast course apart from the underpass In full: A fast flat half if you werent being held up at the underpass, which cost some of us valuable seconds and a PB! apart from that the race was very well organised, and the route was nice once we left the town centre, although I wasnt keen on doing 2 laps. The marshalls were friendly and encouraging. It was also a good idea to have banana's at the end to give runners some much needed energy after the run. The only other problem was the massive queue to collect your bag, we were starting to get cold waiting around. Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Fab fast course and lovely organisation In full: apart from the underpass it was a very quick flat course ideal for a PB. Number pick up the day before made it easier on the morning and there were lots of cheery marshalls on the course. Its in the calandar for next year already. I went out far too quick and the marshall at mile 10.5/11 with the jelly babies saved me from sitting on the pavement!!! Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Still got lessons to learn In full: Bottle necking in town at the start made worse by ridiculous queue to get down a narrow underpass within the first mile. PB disappeared immediately. Better water stops needed ie longer lay out, more staff and more than 1cm of water in the plastic cups. Excellent marshalling and good support along the route. Date of review: September 17, 2012