In short: Ok event In full: Nice weather but the hills put paid to any PB ideas. Definitely need more toilets at start. Mile markers a bit confusing but no real problems. Nice touch having the band play at the end of the green! Well done the organisers! Date of review: June 26, 2008
In short: Great scenery, good organisation, excellent support and a very enjoyable race. In full: A really fun half marathon, although the hills provide quite a challenge. It's well organised and the excellent medal and t-shirt are well worth the entry fee. I can understand why some people don't like the multi-lap format but it is really good if you have supporters watching and at least you know what you are in for as you head out towards Torquay for the second time. I would definitely recommend this race to new and experienced runners alike. Date of review: June 24, 2008
In short: Lovely scenic race with a "big event" feel. In full: Friendly, well organised, well marshalled, quick but challenging course, great support from the locals, great medal and t-shirt, very welcome sports massage at the end and the bonus of glorious weather. One of the very best races you could enter. And a PB to boot! Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: A well organised scenic coastal run - shame about the laps In full: The positives about this run:
- Great location, picture postcard views - Well organised with excellent marshalling and plenty of water stations(thanks) - Great t-shirt, top notch medal, drink and banana at end (probably the most generous offering I've seen at this price) - good PB potential as lots of flat but also challenging as 2 tough climbs repeated 4 times - the multiple laps mean you get to see your supporters much more often but...
Negatives: - I just don't like the laps. The 2 at the start (for 2.5m) are boring. The Out and back x2 is pretty dull too after a while even with the stunning views. It must be soul destroying for those at the back who cross paths with the lead and get overtaken by them several times (you start recognising runners you see them so much) - finish line needed a flag so you could see it from the approach - Needed some portaloos at the start as the pub toilets were rammed Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: Good race although crowded in places In full: Should have closed both sides of road, as very crowded. Undulating course, no finish banner and drink stations need to be on one side of course not both sides as I had to stop even though I didnt have a drink (very annoying). Thats the bad bits, but all in all a great run for scenery, atmosphere and quality medal and t-shirt, probably do it again although would like to see the changes mentioned above put into place. Date of review: June 23, 2008