In short: Nice! In full: I agree with other runners comments with regards to the start. I think the main problem was that spectators were at the start line which was causing congestion. I enjoyed the race, which has real PB potential. It was a good race and I would do it again. Date of review: November 9, 2005
In short: 2.30 hour runners not welcome In full: As a 1.20 hr runner I decided to see a race from the other end and support my beginner wife to run the stroud half. By the time we reached various points of the course most marshalls were disinterested having seen 2 thousand people already pass through. My shattered wife who was finding running 13 miles hard enough then had the hassle of trying to decide which junction etc was ours. But they saved the worst til last. After she had seriously struggled for the last three miles her reward was to see that they had actually packed up the finish line, and reset the clock to zero - which they left across the finish barrier blocking our way. My wife finished in 2hrs 52 and instead of feeling a real sense of achievement she felt dissappointment and a little bit of anger at being treated like a second class citizen. My wife paid the same entry fee as the front runners but definately didn't get the same respect.!!! Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: A PB for me by 20 secs (1:16:20). Have always run good times here. Well marshalled. Good organisation. Good T-Shirt, much better than a medal. Weather was perfect. Showers/Changing good. Only gripe not enough loos. Will definatley be back. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Seven out of ten In full: Obviously the loo shortage is well docemented here and I suspect that since the organisers announced that they had been let down at the last minute, no fault can be pinned on them. Runners do themselves no favours however, I overheard a race official telling a few runners not to relieve themselves in the bushes of the school grounds.
PA malfunction at the start - race started gradually with no buld up.
T shirt is great - why do grown adults want a cheap medal? Are they going to wear it around the office and make us all look a bunch of tossers or what?
Good race, well marshalled. Can't someone tell the towns businesses to open up? My family couldn't even buy a cup of tea during the race.
Back in 2006 - and I drive from Swansea and back on race day. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: PB potential, flattish, still no loos!! In full: Found beginning nerve racking due to overwhelming number of serious looking runners and lack of toilets. Couldn't get to start position due to crowds of people not willing to move for us, we didn't mind but some people seem to! Chip time solved this problem as far as we are concerned. Thoroughly enjoyed as this was a personal goal for us and we were raising lots of money for charity. Also got PBs so added bonus! Second half marathon and an entirely different experience to first so cannot compare them. Great to have support at various points just as you need it. Was not happy with lady who hassled us for the chip afterwards, in what can only be described, I'm sorry to say, as an extremely rude manner. This was the only point of real annoyance though and WE'LL BE BACK! Maybe next year for the 25th anniversary a medal as well as a tshirt would make alot of people very happy!! Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: A great and well organised race. However, I was surprised that there were only 2 ladies toilets for such a big event. This resulted in a huge queue and I was worried to miss the start... They should have provided portaloos. Date of review: October 25, 2005
In short: Quicker than expected, good atmosphere, spectator friendly. In full: I was surprised how quick it was - could be because of the generally good standard of runners. My family were pleased with the reasonably priced tea and cakes whilst waiting for me to finish. The slight hill at the end is a bit of a killer. Date of review: October 25, 2005