In short: A great little Half-Marathon In full: This was my second time and I enjoyed it as much as the first. Well organised, well marshalled, good, moderately flat course through some nice villages. Bonus 'feature' - watching the parachutists drop when you run past the airfield. Date of review: April 15, 2007
In short: Beautiful scenery, great PB potential In full: Beautiful day, easy parking. Toilets eventually sorted out. Bit of confusion over the start. Bottleneck just after start which could have been avoided. Great scenery and lovely quiet roads. Well manned water stops and clear mile and half mile markers. T shirt, way too big but all that was left. Enjoyed this race and although there were hiccups, they were minor and can be corrected for next year. Would definately do again. Date of review: April 13, 2007
In short: Fast course good pb potential In full: A fantastic race through beautiful country side and a pb into the bargain. Even the lack of toilets, organised start, only cups (no sponges/bottle) at water stations couldnt spoil the day Date of review: April 11, 2007
In short: A great day out in the country. In full: I really enjoyed the race. A PB on a lovely course. I never realised just how beautiful my home county is. No real gripes. The only problem was the bottle neck at the beginning. If the day had been rainy and the ground muddy it could have been a rather naughty. A nice mix of running abilties and i like the old school cups of water instead of bottles!! As i mentioned it is a PB course but a couple of runners i know went off like they were running for the bus and paid heavily. Respect the distance! A great day and such a picturesque location that i would recommend it to all and sundry. Before i finish i would like to apologise to Ade the telly presenter for making him wait for the disabled toilet beforehand. I hope you had a great race and good luck at London. Respect due to the Black Flag tee shirt. Top band!!!
In short: Nice scenery and more or less flat run. Organisation needs improving In full: Shame about the lack of toilets, the non-existant starting line and T-shirt (only in XXL). Medal would be nice. Did this last year too and enjoyed it. Will do it again. Date of review: April 10, 2007
In short: really enjoyed it, lovely day In full: really enjoyed it and deffo PB potential. Some of the route is where I've trained on and the scenery around the area is lovely. Weather much warmer than expected but I'm not complaining. Toilets were a big problem and slightly caotic at the start with where the start actually was....great parking facilities though. Unfortunatley by the time I finished there were only XL t-shirts left. Not sure there are that many XL people that run this distance so maybe more S and M sizes would be more useful, possibly add to the entrance form for next year?. The good news is that all the issues are easily resolved so expect these will be much improved for next year. Date of review: April 10, 2007
In short: Great course, shame about the organisation In full: Course is definitely PB potential, with ample space for runners and smooth surface and reasonable water stations. Pleasant countryside setting. However many aspects of organisation were sadly lacking and to be honest, seemed cheapskate, despite the low price tag. 6 (or 8?) porta-loos didn't even arrive until 15 mins before the start, leaving snaking queues of uncomfortable runners. Meanwhile the lack of starting posts (just a white line in the grass) left the whole field confused and bunched either side of the line, unsure of the running direction, farcically addressed by a man on a roof with a tannoy. Lack of medal, or similar decent memento, is probably a cost-saving too far, and not helped by the cheapest-of-the-cheap/poor taste t-shirt; the A5 computer-printed certificate is a paltry gesture. A lovely race, let-down by lack of thought. Date of review: April 9, 2007