In short: Excellent half marathon & wonderful people In full: I did the half marathon and coming from Suffolk found the hills a challenge. The organisation was great although could have done with more portaloos on the course, I wasted 15 minutes waiting for one. The support from the locals was outstanding, the marshalls were full of encouragement even as far back in the pack as me! They had plenty of water and lucozade, the first aid teams were out in force, all in all a well organised and scenic race - a really great advert for Nottingham and it's people! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: super super race !!!! In full: thank you nottingham for being 1 of the only races in the country to give a reduced entry fee for those of us unable to work- very much appreciated. thank you . loved this race - lovely route -great organisation, what else can i say - this is as good as the london marathon . thank you local people of nottingham for your support - the hose pipes and water soakers and cheering up the banks were really welcome. well done nottingham - see you next year Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Hard work but ultimately rewarding! In full: Nottingham was my first half last year (2009) so I had to come back and do it again...
Overall it's a great half and well organised, medal and goody bag were excellent again this year and there was plenty of free water / lucozade available... We parked in car park "b" again arrived 90 minutes early and had no problems with traffic.
It's quite a challenging course, especially miles 5-8 and I found it a lot more congested this year running around 7:30 mm pace. I was relying on my Garmin for pacing and my eventual 7:34 pace bought me in at 1:40:14 measuring 13.29 miles so I was a bit disappointed not to break 1:40, but still a PB...
I'll be back next year! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Very well organised marathon. In full: Very well organised marathon. Did the full marathon. Isn't cheap to enter, but I would rather pay more to have a properly organised race. Well marshalled. Plently of drinks / gels / lucazade. Nice to see Liz & Martin Yelling at mile 19. 1st half wasn't that hilly. Really enjoyed 1st half. 2nd half difficult mentally. Hard at mile 13 when you can see the car park, when the half marathons go left to the finish & us full marathoners stay right. Didn't enjoy Holme Pierpoint round the lake. Very boring, would prefer this to be changed. Struggled from mile 18 / 19 onwards. Would be back next yr, but just to have a good go at the half.
In short: Would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't for the pain!!! In full: Well organised, good parking, good marshals, well manned and stocked drinks stations. Could do with a T Shirt in the goody bag! Ineresting course, worth doing. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Local race for me. Think it is excessively over priced particularly considering how much of entry fee goes to charity. Like to know what costs so much with so many people entering! Course is good, although narrow in some places. In full: Water station at mile 11 didn't have enough volunteers and I didn't get drink as I ran past. All volunteers handing drinks out and runners in way to get drink. Didn't want to stop as in good rhythm! Good to see more toilets this year and better positioned. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: A fantastically organised race on a deceptively undulating course In full: Apart from the course being a long 26.2 miles(or 13.1 depending on which race you did), this is exactly how you want a big city race to be. Slickly organized, great facilities in the race village and plenty of loos! The course was very undulating for the first half and flat for those of us on the second half who did the full marathon. A surprising test. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Great race! In full: For my 10th marathon and first in-land...
The hills in the first half weren't as bad as people made out so I felt great up to 1/2 way. Then felt really bad and struggled. The crowds were much more sparse and water/lucozade upto 3 miles apart made the heat even more unbearable. They could atleast have split and had a gap between so I could drink both!
Otherwise this was a good race. The tshirt is well-worth the extra cost, and the madal was a well-received chunk of bling at the finish line!
A special mention to the Motivation Crew at 19 miles. Wow, great guys - even if we could hear you shouting for over an hour!!
Organisation was good, the start was easy, the finish was well-laid out and well-run.
THANKS NOTTINGHAM!! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: 5th Year Running - Route Needs Changing In full: This is my local. I started with the 1/2 back in 2005 and since then have done the full.
The half is a really good race as it takes in the more scenic parts of Nottingham like Wollaton Park. You can forgive the hills for that.
The full is lonelier experience as it breaks off to eventually go to the waters sports centre and there is little support (though more this year) and there's no shade. It's repetitive and no one seems to enjoy it. However, the course for the 2nd half never seems to change. I don't know if it's a logistical problem or they can't be bothered. They should bother because it's not cheap to enter.
All in all I probably enjoyed it this year more than previously because even though my knees were agony, I still got under 4 hours. So I am very pleased. The support was mostly really good.
The goody bag is full of sweets containing artificial sweeteners, so I'd rather give those a miss. A couple of flapjacks and a packet of crisps would be better!
Medal changes subtly every year. Nice to run the 30th race.
All in all, good but could do so much better.
By the way, this is no reflection on the people who volunteer and were organised and encouraging and kept everything running smoothly. A big thank you to them.
My gripe is with the course and whoever decides that doing a lap and half of Holme Pierrepont is in any way enjoyable. Date of review: September 12, 2010