In short: OOwww!!! Wasn't fit enough and carrying too much post-christmas flab meant a PW by over 15mins for 1/2M and 25mins for this course. But that a reflection on me not the course. Do it!! In full: Let myself down in not preparing enough beforehand. Excellent organisation, and split start prevented the bunching prior to exiting the park. Residents of Cassibury need to be a bit more "chill" about waiting for the runners to pass. Marshalls everywhere. And again a big thank you. A favourite of mine although I'll need to be a bit more respectful of this distance in future. Date of review: February 7, 2005
In short: Excellent race and very well marshalled. In full: Surprisingly got my PB on this race, but I know the course and when the hills were coming. Wouldn't have thought it good for a first half marathoner but the support was really motivating. Date of review: February 7, 2005
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