In short: Hilly, but enjoyable In full: Suprisingly pleasant course (despite the hills), and extremely well organized and marshalled. Was a bit taken aback by the "mens changing" also being the venue of what appeared to be a church fete. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Far tougher than I had expected. The long gradual haul at aound 12 miles, although npt steep, was unexpected and hurt.. I will pay more attention to the contour map next time. In full: Could do with bottled water, as they do at the Stevenage HM. Spilt most of mine. Good job it wasn't a hot day.
Still mamanged a PB, totally remarkable on a course like that. The road was so muddy for the second half that it felt more like a x/c. My new trainers are ruined! Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Great course-great all-round half. In full: First time I've run it.I particularly enjoyed the excellent organisation(e.g. 2 separate starts,great marshalling,isotonic drinks at the end)and the testing,varied course-the hills make it much more of a challenge.Unless you're new to racing,I would forget about PB's,but they can come later.I agree that the final water station was too soon after the 2nd,and the final 2-3 (flat)miles seemed rather an anti-climax.Overall,my first impressions were of an excellent half-marathon-very well organised,great course,friendly atmosphere and depth throughout the field.Recommended. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Surprisingly scenic In full: Surprisingly scenic with three or four climbs to test the legs, although there is pb potential if, like me, you're a rapidly improving beginner/intermediate (took three minutes off my pb). One small gripe would be the random dishing out of t-shirts to runners and non-runners alike at the end. The t-shirts are in place of medals and should be for finishing runners only! Date of review: February 7, 2005