In full: An excellent way to spend a Sunday. There was glorious sunshine which only added to the ambiance. Spectators encouraged runners and bands were place at various points of the race, very uplifting I found. Received a technical tee shirt at the end. Will definitely have this event marked in my diary for next year! Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Fast In full: Well organised, the scenery was lovely ( particularly on my bike the afternoon beforehand- when i could cycle without having to stand up as hills gentle) - small bottles at water stations....and despite 3degreesC east wind there was a local ice cream van at the end...yum. Unforgettable as i broke my pb's for 6m/10k/10ml and indeed half! (well if you don't count the times from 1986) Date of review: March 11, 2010
In short: A great race in a lovely part of the world. In full: A largish entry for a small town half. Very good organisation. The course is in the main rural, scenic and very quiet. The first half is undulating with a couple of small but cheekier inclines. The second half is along the Tarka Trail which I presume follows the path of a disused railway with any inclines being extremely gentle. The organisers made a brilliant effort to create a real carnival atmosphere in the populated areas that gave the event a real buzz and didn't make you feel forgotten about-as can be the case with some quiet rural courses. Registration etc was free from fuss.
In short: My first Bideford, thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back next year. In full: Well done Bideford! Very well organised, lovely touches, jelly babies, water with lids off, drummers, highland band, encouraging marshals, felt very safe on the road sections. Thoroughly enjoyed it! And a PB too! Date of review: March 10, 2010
In short: Fast course with stunning scenery. Good organisation. In full: Joining instructions were clear and concise. Parking space was abundant and cheap. I was a bit wary about having to queue for timing chips on the day, but the distribution was well organised and efficient. The start was a bit congested - but that's true for most races. The course profile was ideal - gently undulating first half, followed by a mostly flat second half. The scenery was absolutely stunning - especially on the second half. The atmosphere was good - loved the drummers in Torrington, could hear them a mile away! Excellent support in the closing stages, with a nice flat and straight last 400 metres - perfect for that final surge. All in all, a great race - and one I hope to do again. Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: A very well organised event. Lovely sunny day - everyone seemed to be having a good time In full: I would have liked the writing on the shirt to be a bit bigger and to stand out more - still it is nice not to have sponsors all over it. I hate the waste of all those bottles of water but I can see why you use them. I didn't take them except once because I didn't like to have two sips and then throw the bottle down. Jelly babies were nice - thanks. Having said that - i think it is a great race and very well organised. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Did it last year, did it this year, will do it next year. Flat, fast and well organised! In full: Brilliantly organised half marathon; mile markers, marshalls, drinks stations, toilets, baggage hold, bag pipes, drummers and morris dancers, jelly babies and cake at the end! Nice tea shirt and banana for all finishers. The use of timing chip is excellent. The course is beautiful! Only one slight issue not enough to really concern me much but to get this to be a 10/10 race maybe the start could have markers so runners can get into their predicted finish time to halt the weaving in and out at the start. Oooh and the small t-shirt must be a mans size because it's huge on me... maybe next year we could have some extra small ones too? :-) Great job, well done all!! Date of review: March 7, 2010