In short: Good all round but PLEASE GET A MEDAL FOR PEOPLE!! In full: The Stevenage Half was well organised and managed - real credit to all involved. Only slight gripe was to provide more signposts from the car parks - very confusing (I wouldn't have like to have been in a rush!). Also like the Newark Half it is a real shame not to receive a medal - a half marathon is a long distance and deserves a memento. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Very well marshalled, lots of encouragement, scenic. In full: My only gripe about this event was the lack of directions from/to the parking at the school. A few directional signs would have been useful. Other than that, from arrival at the running track this was a very well run event. There was only a short queue for numbers and timing chips. Likewise, the baggage tent was well manned and efficient. The race itself was entusiastically marshalled with plenty of encouraging words shouted from start to finish. Overall it was a very enjoyable run and I wouldn't hesitate to participate again. I have to say it's a potential PB course, because I just achieved a PB in spite of some poor recent training. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Great organisation and more easy course In full: I came on here to say that the organisation today was excellent - thanks fvs. I was worried about collecting my number but there was no queue at the desk. There were loads of marshalls to show us where loos, changing rooms, bag drop etc was - very helpful. Bag drop and goodie bag were very slick in particular. Marshalls on course - fab - i think every one said something encouraging to me so times that by 800 runners they worked hard! Course also attractive - i had been told it was all underpasses but the parks looked great especially in the perfect weather conditions. Lots of wide paths elsewhere. The finish at the track meant it had a good atmosphere too. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Fun race, good route, good facilities, parking a pain In full: Traffic free but on firm footpaths and cycle paths, so easy running except for a few autumn leaves. Alongside roads for a good portion of the course, but still pleasant enough, and the sections of parkland were stunning in the autumn sun.
Facilities were good; indoor changing made things much more civilised. Parking arangements were a bit of a pain though - probably the least good aspect of the race. Date of review: November 7, 2010
In short: Cold, wet, windy, tough course but I finished happy :-) In full: I do not thnk that the weather could have been any worse...soaked to the skin before the race started and I am one for. However due to such a good club I thought I had best turn up. A challenging course (I am pretty useless running in half marathons) but the marshals were thoroughly supportive en route. I was a little embarrassed to finish on the track with the majority already colling down (if they ould get any coller) and watching but the goodies made up for that. I must be mad but I'll be up for the Half again :-) Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Wet and wild but strangely enjoyable.... In full: Chose to do this half as part of my build up for a late Nov marathon....so also had to do 50 min run before the race started, which was nice! The course was much better than I had expected and it was great to be able to run on traffic-free paths all the way round. I would echo the previous postings that the marshalls did a fabulous job in really awful conditions. Thanks, particularly to the marshall on the final turn who encouraged me to push hard up the little hill and catch the man up ahead (I did!). Finishing on the track was fun for those of us who don't usually get to run on them! Overall, good race with great support....and very entertaining that the rain stopped just after I had finished! Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: OK race, not the best but not the worst In full: This is the 2nd year I have run this race. It's not bad, scenery not so great and this year was a total washout weatherwise but it's quite well organised. Medal is not great though. Date of review: November 9, 2009