In short: Fantastic location, very encouraging stewards & friendly, local support, great course, super food afterwards In full: Fantastic location, very encouraging stewards & friendly, local support, great course, super food afterwards. Great, long inclines. Date of review: June 4, 2011
In short: First 1/2 Marathon In full: Great location and certainly a challange. Great support along the way and some good banter with all along the way. The smell of sauages carried me over the line more than my feet did. Yes it was tough underfoot but nothing a little rain wouldn't have sorted out. See you next year! Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Without a doubt would do again In full: As a beginner runner I found the Woodland Half Marathon the perfect mix of challenge I wanted, a demanding route in an inspirational setting. It was definitely not easy but any half marathon at my current ability level wouldn’t be either having completed this distance for the very first time;-) I would be happy to continue to take part in Fat Feet events and support a fledgling organisation trying to inspire and create new challenges. Its definitely had that affect on me anyway. Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Getting better but still some way to go. In full: Fat Feet have listened to some of the comments last year (not enough water stations or portaloos) but appear to have compounded things somewhat by a) not putting a year or date on the medal, and b) issuing confusing information on the website about a t-shirt. If you're only going to give t-shirts to people who were best in category, say so on your website so the majority of people don't expect one! As others have said, ground was hard going underfoot, which made it more of a challenge, and the water would be preferable in bottles. Nice to see a sausage van in the car park though. I may do it again next year, Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable, well organised, lovely venue and supportive marshals In full: My first trail half marathon, so was over the moon to finish (so much tougher than road runs), but thoroughly enjoyed it even thou I found some parts quite challenging. Event well organised and very supportive marshals! Nice scenic venue, and were lucky with the weather. Will defiantly be back next year to improve my time! Thanks Fat-Feet! Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Great organisation and friendly atmosphere compliment a scenic route that is must for all trial runners In full: This was my second time taking part in a Fat-Feet organised race, the first being the Grimsthorpe Ultra 70, and yet again I was blown away by the dedication the team put into ensuring the runners have not only a great race, but also a great experience. The route was worth the admission price alone, and luckily the sun finally came out when the race began. The race consisted of two 5 mile-ish laps, with a third lap taking you through an alternate route to the finish. The route was clearly labelled, and if in doubt where to go next marshals were never fall away to lend a hand. The route was fairly challenging which a surprising amount of hills, a good thing in my book.
The scenic route was complemented by enthusiastic marshals that helped keep moral high with encouragement and banter during the later stages of the race. Water stations were situation every 2-3 miles in plastic cups. The goody bags were as good as or better than most that are given out at these types of non-corporate races. In it I received two energy sachets, and an oat bar and a medal. Overall I would recommend this race to experienced runners all the way down to newbies entering their first race.
In short: Great Event which will go from Strength to Strength In full: This is my second year at the Woodland Half Marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed the race. Bourne Woods is a wonderful location for a run and the atmosphere this year was as good as ever. The marshals did a great job and the course was clearly marked. There were plenty of water stops, ample parking and even a 'sausage bap' van for a little post race snack. I don't run many 1/2 marathons so I did a quick look around t'Internet at the price of other events as a comparison: EDF £25, Reading £31.50, Brighton £29 and Cardiff £29. Now I think I paid about £18 for this event so I have no problems with that. I know some were expecting a 'T' shirt but I would prefer the price kept down instead of another long sleeved white 'T' shirt with the name of some event on it. This is my third FatFeet event and I have another planned for August. I was at the Grimsthorpe 70 last year and it was a top notch event. Some have commented about the results taking a while to be published. This happens sometimes even with well established events. I ran the Fellsman in 2010 and they were days getting them out and this is a race that is very well established (started in the 1960's I think). So if you are reading these reviews with an eye on entering in 2012, come along and see for yourself I don't think you will be disappointed. Date of review: May 31, 2011