In short: Half Marathon first timer & enjoyed every minute In full: This race had a great atmosphere, good banter and was well organised. The final hill really finished me off but the support finally pushed me across the line.
Ill be back for more Date of review: April 14, 2010
In short: top event, must do. In full: Was expecting a flatter course, this is fast but some dipe/underlations, expect them and its fine, quality race/athletes, one of the best fields for a half anywhere. 20+runners under 70mins, but sadly not me! Date of review: April 14, 2010
In short: Continues to improve In full: The organisers deserve a lot of credit for taking on board participants' feedback. Over the last couple of years the introduction of chip timing, technical T shirts and sports drinks at the finish have all improved this event. Fairly flat course makes it ideal as a pre-marathon half, to predict marathon time and pace. My main gripe, which is not the fault of the organisers, is that far too many people position themselves in a faster time band at the start than they can actually achieve - totally unnecessary when there is chip timing.
Although this race is well organised, it has a very 'functional' feel to it, and lacks the special atmosphere that turns a race into a really special event. Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Well organised, competitive and enjoyable In full: A very well organised event that is welcoming of runners of all abilities. I enjoyed the race and fortunately the weather held out (it was quite windy though). It is my home-town race and one I will look to do every year as it is also one of the best half-marathon events I have done.
If the organisers were looking for constuctive ways to improve the race next year then they should look at providing bottled water at at least one of the drink stations, as it is a pain to have to slow down to drink.
Apart from that then I can't rate this event highly enough. Date of review: April 2, 2010
In short: Will be back again - this time a little quicker In full: A 'must do' race. Really good route and superb organisation but it's the local support and the brilliant marshalls which make this half so good. It's my second year and I know I'll be back for more..... Date of review: April 1, 2010