In short: Got a PB (albeit only my second HM) of 1:28. The hill on mile 2 was greater than i had expected but was able to fly down on other side. Availed of free massage and swim afterwards, with pub lunch with mates on way back to London - we all enjoyed it! Date of review: March 5, 2013
In short: Decent half marathon In full: Enjoyable, well organised race with good enthusiastic marshalls.
Tough course especially the steep hill early on although at least you get pay-off immediately on way down. Section around the harbour is tight with lots of narrow turns. Also I missed some of the mile markers early on which could be made a bit more obvious.
Shame weather was not great in the morning although there was still good support in places. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: A race of two halves! In full: This was my first ever race so i've not got anything to compare to but overall It was pretty awesome, my only gripes where when you got around the harbour area and everything tailed off a bit
Positives * Mostly Flat * Great Entertainment ( The Pentacle Drummer under the band stand were amazing) * That Hill * Great Crowd * First 8/9 miles is top notch
Negatives * Last few miles around the harbour, felt a bit lost, no crowds, sharp turns * Medal was a bit rubbish * That hill * Only about 3 Gents portaloos * Kids handing out water didn't quite know when to let go * No one handing out water at harbour, having to take your own out holders
In short: loved every inute of it In full: for my first half-marathon it was tough. the cold head wind sapped me for the last half. i must thank a fellow female competitor for her vocal encouragement, but i had to take a step back and let her race at her pace. i stopped only once, three quaters on the way up the hill- for that i am extremely proud. as some others have mentioned, wonderfull and sympathetic organisers- one pulled up a chair up for me at the end. loved every minute of it- and the choclate at the end was worth waiting for. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: An enjoyable, friendly race, that's improving well each year In full: Overall it feels like this event has improved since last year, when I think I described it on here as good, but could do better.
That pesky hill between miles 2 and 3 felt a lot longer this year! Such a relief to reach the top and then take a well-earned breather and loosen the legs on the subsequent downhill stretch.
There was an irritating headwind back along the sea front which meant it was another relief to enter the marina area which was a bit more sheltered.
Thanks to better weather conditions the support was a lot more noticeable this year - always good for a boost if required.
Nice to see pacers this year too. The 1:45 pacer chased me all around the course - I just couldn't shake him off ;)
Can't fault the organisation at all. Lots of marshals around the course. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Really enjoyed the run (organisation and support was great), but not keen on the course In full: Really enjoyed the run (organisation and support was great), but not keen on the course: the hill which starts at around 4.5km is really tough (my Garmin reckons a steady 118m climb over 2.3km); headwind all along the seafront was draining (OK unavoidable); but main gripe is the numerous (5-10) tight, sharp turns (e.g. through the harbour area) where you lose time and more importantly, rhythm. Definitely not a course for a PB, but great fun and a challenging workout! Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: Excellent race and course, well worth the travel and money, huge recommendation In full: Everything that could have been controlled was controlled brilliantly. The uncontrollables, dog walkers, weather were the only negatives, but this didn't detract from my opinion of the event. Date of review: March 3, 2013