In short: The hill beat me! Who were the wonderful wheelchair duo and how did they manage to get through the water? In full: Last year I got a PB. This year I faded out at the hill. Such is running. Generally good organsation thanks chaps, but not much water or cups by the two hour finishers' arrival. I presume there was something else big on at the Sports Centre hence the chaos getting out. Always a friendly race. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: well organised race In full: first time for me at this one amd I thought it was well organised (not a lot the organisers could do about the heavily waterlogged section caused by the weather) Only small gripe I have is that it wasn't obvious where the finish line was, the funnel started about 15m infront of the inflatable which caused a bit of confusion as some people stopped as soon as they entered the funnel and some kept running until the inflatable. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Good one In full: I was looking forward to this race as it was described as a flat race & the majority of the other races I've completed this year have been far from flat together with the lack of training I had put in I was hoping for a relatively easy one! The weather over the last few days played a big part in many areas of the race which was new to me but added to the day. I liked having a variety of surfaces but I was disappointed that the organisers didn't have enough official medals (the square engraved ones) by the time I finished the race. All the marshalls were great & encouraging. Met some lovely people and would do the race again. Looking forward to seeing the pics! Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: lovely rural scenery and fast course. In full: This was my first running race/half-marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only (unavoidable) issue was the wading through that very long stretch of cold muddy water (but it had rained relentlessly the past week). I thought the facilities were good (hot showers, hot cuppa and biscuits after)and everyone was very friendly. Crowds were also very supportive. I was expecting to complete in 2hrs and 30mins and I did it in 2hrs 3mins, so a good PB for me. Overall, a great run (helped by the good weather) in a beautiful rural location. Would do it again. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In full: A nice run. A bit harder this year than I would have expected due to the rain. A few minor things I would recommend they change is the profile and the traffic. The race says flat, and although it's not too hilly miles 6-8 are up hill. And when it says it's traffic free, it aint.
In short: Beginner friendly In full: I ran this today, and it was my first ever race. I was nervous about finding it and doing the admin (struck me that there was less communication for this than I've seen my wife get when she's raced), but I needn't have worried, they'd communicated as much as was needed: it was all evident enough on the day, and doing the admin was made pleasurable by friendly people.
Good route, I even enjoyed the water logged section. Friendly supporters, and a nice medal.
Congrats to the organisers, it was well done. Date of review: November 8, 2009