In short: Lacked atmosphere and mile markers were shoddy In full: As many reviews have said the mile markers were all over the place, which made some stretches very demoralising. Also there was not much race atmosphere, with it being an out of town race and with such a small number of entries it made it quite a dull run. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Quite challenging but good strong running. In full: Major problems were the lack of atmosphere for most of the run and the hopeless Mile markers early in the race, without my Garmin i would have made some serious mis judgements as to pace. Date of review: March 19, 2011
In short: A good race through country lanes In full: The event is low key but well organised for a small event. You are never going to get big crowds on country lanes. The mile markers were suspect but I could take a 4:30 mile after 5 "miles" of a half - the 12:00 for the previous "mile" was demoralising. The trick was to look for the paint on the road, the distances appeared more reliable. Well done to Retford for a friendly race. Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: Not enough runners to create a good atmosphere In full: With a race limit of only 500 to have 113 not turn up is a shame. This coupled with the route Being mainly in the country and with very few people at the end meant that this was a very low key event with almost no atmosphere. Thanks to the marshals and water crews and the young lass with the cow bell for their encouragement.Over 400m of ascent puts it on the hilly side of undulating. Anyone without a GPS watch would have had a terrible time working out their pace as the mile markets through to mile 9 (I think) were all over the place.A bit perplexed about where the finish line was as I stopped my watch at the arch with the time matching the timer exactly but they added 2 secs to it? Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: A super race, thanks to everyone involved. In full: A first half marathon for me in quite a while and came out with a PB. Great organisation and fantastic marshalls. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Very friendly and well organised, extremely enjoyable In full: A pretty flat course with just a few undulations. The markers were a bit erratic - 5 mile marker in particular was quite a way out of place, I think. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: The light drizzle didn't spoil a good race In full: I wanted to do a half early in 2011,so this was perfect. Despite not having done much specific training for it I was planning to use it just as a long run but I was delighted to have found I was running quicker than I thought, and with no specific time pressure I tried to actually enjoy it! That said though, if I had set myself a proper split per mile then I may have beaten my PB rather than be a paltry 57s away from it - d'oh!
Another good race - well organised as ever by Reg and Karen. Thanks chaps. Date of review: March 14, 2011