In short: Dunkirk Spirit! As good as it could be in the filthy conditions. Nice fast course. Can't believe posters saying it's hilly...are they Dutch? In full: Organisation sooo much better than last year. Good spirit shown by all. Marshalling second to none. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: if you like hills in your training runs you will love this race In full: Firstly i have to point out that i posted a PB. The official chip time was 1:40:01 which is 6 minutes faster than Maidstone two weeks ago and two minutes faster than my previous best at Hastings.
Some other people to thank were Clare, a runner from Harlow and a man who i know as Virgin Mac man, who i had the pleasure of running with on the 2nd lap and although we did not speak i feel that we helped each other round...
I must also say a big thank you to the marshalls they were brave souls standing in the rain to aid us runners.
This is a good race that works well, i understand the argument of two laps vs an extended one lap using the extensive cycle paths but i like this race and will happily sign up again for next year, and will pray for better weather. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Seperating the Men (and Women) from the Boys (and Girls) In full: One of those races that makes you wonder 'What the hell am I doing here?'. Getting up on a blustery wet November morning to run around a bypass. Twice. The last five miles were fairly agonising- only the poor wet marshalls seemed to be faring worse than me at that stage!
A brief thank you to those poor committed marshalls. Cheers! Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Great organised half considering conditions In full: I only arrived ten minutes before the start (long story) but still managed to start on time. Loads of marshalls providing excellent support and jelly babies. They all made up for the bewildering number of underpasses! Date of review: November 2, 2009
In full: Love coming back for the Stevo half as it was my first ever. Dreadful weather but the marshalls and support were first class. Think the extended trip round fairlands would be better on first lap just as a bit of a psychological boost. Horrible conditions but enjoyable all the same. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Lovely race on a warm and sunny day... In full: Apart from that it wasn't... The weather was impressively bad - so that at some point I got the giggles, remembered that I had chosen voluntarily to spend my Sunday morning doing this - and from then on hugely enjoyed it. Very good organization, we had no issues with parking and collecting the numbers. Start was a bit chaotic - could you not just do it from outside the stadium in the car park to avoid the gate? The course - rather dull, but didn't really expect much else. Was surprised by how tough it was going though all the underpasses. And huge respect and thank you to all the marshalls - never mind running in this weather, standing around in it must have been so much harder and there was still a happy wave and cheer from all of them. Overall: not a bad race, this year particularly memorable because of the weather. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Soaked! In full: Unlike a lot of my fellow posters i really enjoyed this and had no issues at all. I arrived early and parked at Barnwell School. Very short walk to the running track, and collected my number and chip straight away. The baggage area was like clockwork as usual, and the start seemed to be on time this year! The marshalls were great, some of the course was quite picturesque, and it was reasonably challenging with the numerous underpasses. Yes the weather was horrendous, but i love running in this (i live in Northumberland so am used to it). If half term falls in the same week as the race next year i will be back without doubt. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Good, local race In full: Obviously the rain and wind today was horrendous but that shouldn't detract from what is basically a good race. I'm not a fan of looped races but at least you know what you are in for 2nd time around. It's not too hilly compared to many other races and the marshalls deserve a special thanks for stnding out there in the pouring rain and still being so encouraging. Good value and well organised, especially baggage tent. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Excellent organisation and brilliant marshals but horrible double circuit In full: The weather was dreadful. Heavy rain and blustery wind. Very good organisation. I only entered the race yesterday and when I arrived at 9:15 I walked straight to the registration desk and collected my nummber with no delay at all. If I am honest, the route is just awful. The municipal landscaping alongside the double-loop course is monotonous and bland. The marshals, however, were really first class braving the elements and offering enthusiastic encouragemnt. The route isn't easy. There are some lengthy inclines. I won;t come back here but I salute the organisers and the marshals for really doing a very good job in a not very inspiring location. Date of review: November 1, 2009