In short: enjoyable race, good atmospere but not good for PB In full: Great race, lovely route. Shame not PB potential. All pre race organisation was well done: pre race e-mails, number collection, bag drop etc. Well thought out start of the race which took you round the park to space runners before going on canal path. This was spoilt however by the first gate which slowed the crowd right down and created a bottle neck within the first mile and cost me 4 mins of standing and waiting. Quite stressful running the first 6 miles as high numbers of runners all trying to space out but difficult with width of paths. Great marshalling, very friendly and supportive. Really enjoyed route apart from the killer hill towards the finish!!! Brilliant commentator welcoming your arrival to the finish made me smile at a time when I was shattered!!! Enjoyable day ...just need to forget my time!!! Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: Great race! In full: Loved it :-) Glorious autumn weather running along the towpath with fellow like minded runners. Baggage worked out really well this year PP so thanks for that. Personally I thought there were plenty of toilets - the problem was that everybody stood in one queue when there were 14 toilets. One of the PP marshals sorted this out though and after that it was fine. Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: Fabulous scenery but why not get more portaloos, Purple Patch? In full: Amazing scenery the whole way along the canal. Marshalls that actually look you in the eye and smile. Queue for the loo at the start was like nothing I've ever seen before and meant the race had to start late. Baggage system seemed fine to me - got my bag in under 60 seconds. Was forced to walk some of it due to bottlenecks but wasnt too bothered. Great race overall. Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: Overall a good run for a challenge to the body (I'm aching like mad.) jusy don't come to get a PB. In full: You need to come to this not expecting PB as narrow track does mean you will get stuck beind people. The surface is uneven and slippy and bridge and lock sections make for hard going the further you get on. The final climb to the finish just about finished me off. Water stops with plastic cups of water made drinking without stopping impossible (for me anyway), at least one bottle stop would have helped. Some stops not well enough manned to hand drinks out which meant snatching trying to snatch from the table whilst going.
Overall a good run for a challenge to the body (I'm aching like mad.) jusy don't come to get a PB. Would I do it again? Maybe but perhaps when it goes in the opposite direction. Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: Interesting but hard work In full: Beautiful scenery but don't run this for PB. It's narrow and the surface is tough. Still - a really nice race helpded by the glorious weather. Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: My first half. Lovely run helped by good weather In full: One bottleneck just after start due to a gate . Maybe more than 2 waves might help. Also a few beware runners signs may have made it more obvious to non runners. Also a louder pa system, we struggled to hear. However plenty of marshals, good pre race info and nice medal. Would do again and try and better my time. Very scenic . Await photos ! Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: point to pointless. In full: sorry to to sound harsh guys, but this really wasn't for me, the pathways were far to narrow to pick up any reasonable momentum, actually started feeling sorry for the locals by half way , especially the grey haired old lady, out for a stroll in her best bib and tucker, clinging on to the sidings for dear life, and the poor lass who badly sprained her ankle, and had to wait for an age to get some medical attention. this along with the fisherman, dog walkers, cyclist's, trail walkers, leisure runners running the other way, oh plus the barge people, made this more of a sunday morning group training run that a race. lovely weather was a bonus, Date of review: November 13, 2011