In short: Excellent pre-marathon warmer-upper In full: I entered this race simply to have a go at a 20-mile run before taking on a full marathon in April. As far as that objective goes, it was most successful. The race falls at a good point in the Spring schedule and the course is pretty inoffensive, with only a couple of short inclines on each lap.
Negative points: the weather (I don't hold the organisers responsible for that, but it really was quite nasty at times running into a headwind which had gathered speed over the flat broad River Severn!) and the pre-start briefing - I see from the other reviews that there was one minute silence for a runner who died last year, but I wasn't aware of this at the time. Surely the speaker could have used a megaphone for something this important rather than assume he could reach 600 runners in the wind in an open field??
Positives: the course, the spacing of the drinks stations, the collection point for the timing chips being so handy and the use of velcro ankle chips. The results were posted quickly too, which is always a bonus.
A most satisfying day. As it was my first 20M, the PB was duly obtained too! Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Good but lonely race, bad weather and indiferent locals In full: This has been one of the toughest races I've done. Decent ondulations and gorgeous views, but the weather and the loneliness of the reace, music devices not allowed, and the locals who do not seem interested at all, in fact we were warned that there were lots of problems last year with people peeing in public and that therefore the locals don't like runners. I was feeling down at some point, specially when I could not see anybody behind me. Thanks to one of the race officials passing in his bike who told me that there were still plenty of people behind me. That managed to get me through the last 4 miles. Long walk from the fisnish to the HQ and then the car park. I saw the police several times up and down, I thought they were taking care of us, somebody told me at the end they were watching us in case 'we did not behave' to protect the locals who don't like us! Dissapointing. Still an enjoyable course. One thing, my garming marked 20.3 M at the finish.... Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Good event with what looked like a good entry from many clubs. Great prep for a spring marathon In full: First 20 miler and impressed. Weather was not great but the event was well organised and the host club ensured all the bases were covere. I'll look to do next year. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: All a bit "Let's get this over and done with for another year" In full: Friendly when collecting timing chips, but down hill from there really. It might have had something to do with the biting wind, but I got the impression the organisers would rather not have been there. We had to collect our t-shirts from the race HQ, but significant walk from finish to there and then from there to the car park. Race HQ chaotic when I got there (one poor lady had the responsibility of handing out ALL the t shirts) and the announcements of the winners were hard to hear (as were the announcements at the beginning of the race!).Received number in the post a week beforehand, without any indication of which race it was for. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Great event, spoilt by one marshall and unlucky with the weather In full: Glos AC should invest in a megaphone - I'd say at least 30% of the 600(?) field couldn't hear a word at the start-line briefing. Good fairly flat course well signed and organised ... however the marshall who gave out warnings for running more than 2 abreast needs his eyes testing. I totally support the marshalls and the necessary rules but do object to being picked out when there were only 2 of us running together ! I am the least likely runner to cause a problem. Was this an attempt and placate the locals ? Still, it kept us occupied in discussion for a couple of miles though trying to work out what he thought he had seen. Disappointing after-taste though and I did speak with the race director at the end. The rest of the marshalls - terrific and very pleasant banter around the course in awful weather conditions for them. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Weather was poor and there was still a feeling that th e locals did not want us In full: My number arrived in an envelope with no instructions or details of the race. To obtain these you had to go online. The warnings of local hostility for the race did not provide a pleasant start but this was not the fault of the running club. The new start worked well but would have been difficult had the field been muddier. Marshalls were excellent throughout and the food at the end was excellent value. I feel that this year was an improvement despite the weather. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: A good race spoilt by one over officous official In full: It was like something out of Monty Python with this guy handing out yellow cards to anybody who broke the two abreast rule. Given the weather conditions the long walk back to race HQ from the finish was less than pleasant as was the further trek back to the car park. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: What running is all about In full: Spring time running in the countryside. Lovely course with enough hills to keep you working but not take it out of you too much. Weather was perfect this year too.
Pity some runners had to spoil it and upset locals by peeing in public. It seems some people have to be told how to behave in public. Date of review: March 10, 2008