In short: Boring course, cheerless marshals, disappointing goody bag. In full: This race didn't represent value for money. A good part of the run was through the town and industrial estates, along busy roads and dodging traffic and pedestrians at the end. The reward was a medal and a dodgy packet of chewits. The start was peculiar, marshals didn't seem to be bothered. I doubt I'd do another race by this company. Date of review: June 20, 2011
In short: Good race, lacked atmosphere, disappointing goody bag In full: Its been a couple of years since my last Tewkesbury Half marathon, was interetsed to see the course and how the new organisers coped. The start lacked a build up, but once we all got going i really enjoyed the first 11 miles. As we approached the town though, marshals were few and far between, we were dodging through the shoppers, and i was nearly run over at the roundabout at the cross, mis informed driver thought the marshal said go to him, rather than me. Finish was as previous years, but poor goody bag. My running club had 56 runners in the race, the lack of chip times caused great consternation, and you couldnt get chip times easily from the website, or get team results. Black Sheep can do better with their results. Apart from that, good race, and im sure the organisers will tweek things to be better next year. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Badly organised, over priced and not that exciting In full: Toilet queues at the start were intolerable, virtually the whole course was shared with traffic and I nearly got clipped by a tractor. Mostly uninspiring countryside and some really dull housing estates and busy a roads. I wouldn't bother coming back. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Definitely a PB course, not a bad event, room for improvement In full: The race was ok.
start was very strange, the majority of people around me hadnt noticed the race had started until people in front started moving.
When I arrived there was a place for bag storage, when I went to put my bad there the tent had been taken down and it had gone. As a result I saw quite a large amount of people having to run around with car keys in their hand!!
Not many toilets, but there were plenty of bushes around so not a problem.
Medal was good, and the course is fast, if it hadnt been so windy on the last few miles would of been a PB by quite a bit Date of review: May 27, 2011
In full: First time I'd run Tewkesbury, and I'm afraid I won't be back next year. Overall the event really lacked atmosphere, despite pockets of support along the route. I didn't really enjoy running so much of the course alongside (albeit quite considerate) traffic and it detracted a lot from the countryside potential. Course was fairly flat (came close to matching my p.b. despite the wind), so would probably suit first timers looking for a small race to make step into the half marathon distance. Date of review: May 24, 2011
In short: Not trying very hard In full: Why not send out the chips with the numbers? Why not enough loos? Why some loos run out of loo paper? Why no countdown to the start? Why water stations undermanned? Why so little in the goody bag considering the entry cost? Why so windy?
Ok, the last one isn't the organisers' fault, but the others are. I think it's a shame that so much of the race is run on boring roads in industrial estates, past army vehicle depots etc. But from 5 or so miles on it gets more pleasant. Date of review: May 24, 2011
In short: A great race; loads of water stations, not too tough, nice finish, good medal :-) In full: Why do runners love to moan so much? I don't think a wait of 36 hours is too offensive for a chip time, the photographs are available if you want them, and as for the start, if you're an organised runner with some race experience, you know to get to the front to get a fast start. I thought the race was good and friendly and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 24, 2011
In short: First time at Tewkesbury and would do it again In full: I have not done this race before although it is local to me. There is always alot of complaints at any race about toilets! Why do people always decide to leave it till last minute to go! Not great start. I started in the 1.20-1.40 pen and luckily moved to the start line to talk someone before the hooter randomly went off so I got a good start away. Support on the course was actually quite good I thought compared to some races I have done where there is none. I remember the little old couple around 9-10 miles cheering me on from their front door :-) There was plenty of water on way round and was nice it was in bottles. Traffic was not really a problem for me at the end and I thought it was well controlled and the drivers rather patient. Pretty windy at the end but the organisers can not control that. Goody bag was ok. Knocked nearly 2 mins off half time although course was def not flat, more undulating in places. Was it me or was there no 7 mile marker! Overall I enjoyed the race, very pleased with time and will be back next year. Date of review: May 23, 2011
In short: enjoyable run, nice coarse, In full: only reservations would be as above, lack of toilets, or at least let people know where they are as there was another 11, near the start with no queue? but an enjoyable run. Date of review: May 23, 2011