In short: Great atmosphere. Great race. Enjoyed every minute of it! In full: Second time for me, enjoyed it much more than last year (and knocked 14 mins off last years time). Scenery great, was it my imagination or could you see more of the lake this year? Weather great, brought out loads of spectators to keep us going and the last mile is fantastic. Excellent last serious workout before Anglesey Marathon 2 weeks later. Back next year, get your entry in early. Date of review: September 12, 2006
In short: Worth spending a weekend... Breathtaking scenery and what weather!! In full: As close to flat as races come, a nice 1st mile uphill just to get the legs in and then very very gentle undulations all the way around in really quite special surroundings (although to me it felt like flat to down all the way) Finishing with a down hill mile that enables a good kick to the sound of a roaring crowd as you cross the finish... okay so the high twenties heat must have got to me a little!!
Although I didn't train for this run and was happy to complete it, I'd say a PB on this course is almost cheating!!
The organisation was fantastic and puts many of the city halfs such as bristol and bath to shame; The Great North Run (amazing atmosphere, mediocre run and dismal logistics) team could learn alot from the Oswestry Olympians.
My only critisism, and it's tiny really is; come on guys what were you thinking with those chaff-tastic socks in the goody bag... I think a little bottle of water / sports drink and a banana or cereal bar would have been more handy... I'd have even paid a few quid more to include them. Which reminds me, at just over a tenner this race is also a good old fashioned bargain!!
Well done to the team. I look forward to a return next year. Date of review: September 12, 2006
In short: Excellent! Well worth travelling to if you're looking for a fast course. In full: Very efficient organisation except for parking before the start. This isn't a complaint, just a reminder to allow time to get there and settled before the start. Loved the course and setting and hope to do it again next year. Date of review: September 11, 2006
In short: Great scenery, well organised and well worth doing. The course may be fast but it challenges the definition of flat. In full: A bit advice for future runners. The course is beautiful, well organised and well worth the trip but it can only be described as flat in the Welsh sense of flat. Don't imagine millponds or pancakes, more like an upturned tilted frying pan. First mile climbs up the side of the pan to the dam wall then it undulates downwards to mile 7 then has a steady (could described as niggly) 4-5 or so miles of inrelenting drag back to the dam wall.
Great race if you're happy with flat hills though! Date of review: September 11, 2006
In short: Second time round confirms this is my No.1 favourite race from 1 mile to marathon run in the last 4 years. In full: Breathtaking scenery. Almost a purpose-built half marathon circuit round the lake. Definite PB potential (and outcome, twice in my case). Excellent support and organisation from the marshals, drinks stations, the Olympians and all. Even if it was 25 degrees in the car park field, I'm sure it was a couple of degrees cooler beside the reservoir, and the course is after all more than 50% shaded by the trees. Great race! Date of review: September 11, 2006
In short: Great race that lives up to its rating. In full: I have been looking forward to this race all year, everyone I know who has run it told me how good it is, it really deserves hight high rating. I had been targetting this race to break 2 hours for the first time and finished in 1 hour 51 mins so smashed my previous best half marathon time. The race is really well organised and the marshalls were friendly and encouraging. Great atmosphere and lots of support over first couple of miles and at the end. I will be back. Date of review: September 11, 2006