In short: First Half Marathon and loved it! In full: This was my first Half Marathon and I really enjoyed it although the last 6 miles on road were less pleasant than the first 7 on tracks/paths.
Although it is predominantly downhill there are some uphill bits which I actually enjoyed.
Two things that are worth knowing is that the markers count down i.e. 1 mile to go rather than 12.1 miles done and the water stations do not use Mains water i.e. private water supply but treated but can mean odd colour! Date of review: October 21, 2012
In full: Despite the chilly morning and the distinct lack of ladies loos at the start it proved to be a fabulous race. Lots of interesting scenery, one particularly nasty hill, a muddy, lochside single track which made meant that you had to spend a lot of time jumping over big puddles, followed by a lovely, long, mainly downhill, final 10k. Very friendly people, well organised and a superb setting. Only one small negative...I did not like the slippery grassy bit at the finish line! Date of review: October 17, 2012
In short: Awesome Scenery, high lPB possibility a must do HM In full: The views were stunning from start to finish, the first half of race was off road and then onto the road for the second. I'll be back next year that for sure! Date of review: October 17, 2012
In short: Beautiful scenery and almost all downhill!! In full: This race was amazing! The route was really pretty and even the road sections were fine. Support was patchy but lovely when it was there. And it is actually nearly all downhhill - definitely PB possibility!! Entry was a bit steep because we had to take a charity place but I think if we're organised enough next year we could save a bit on this. Organisation was fine, no problems collecting numbers or finding buses. Would definitely recommend this :) Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Scenery and organisation excellent In full: Overall there is very little to fault this race, even if it is a long way to travel (for me, anyway!). Registration and pasta party the evening before was appreciated; bussed up to the start Sunday morning. Tea and biscuits available (free) while we waited for the start. The race itself was gorgeous - first 6 miles or so mainly off-road, on various surfaces ranging from forest land-rover tracks to narrower paths, and undulating at this stage, though nothing horrendous. Last 10K downhill on the road (following the accompanying 10K race route) and although the road wasn't shut (the edge of the road coned-off) it was well marshalled throughout. Enthusiastic support once back in the town. Definitely a "do-againer" Date of review: November 1, 2011
In short: Great Course & Good Mix of Running In full: Really enjoyed this race. Course gives a good mix of woodland running past loch morlich and with a couple of good inclines followed by a very welcome downwards finsh. Course in general was beautiful. Organisation was fine and the bottle(large)of beer at the finish was a nice touch, better than the normal banana.
In short: great race but let down by chaos getting chip and number In full: Fantastic views and fantastic down hill course. Brilliant control of traffic on road sections. Loved the actual race. Now for the gripes. Did they really need to make getting number and chip so complicated?!?! I spent ages in a jam packed hotel foyer and had to queue three times! Firstly to see my race number, then to get my race number (once I had found the right line of people) and then finally to get the timing chip. It was bedlam. In my case it was complicated by the fact that my irate 2 year old really couldn't understand why they couldnt send this stuff in the post like every other race. Buses to start were well organised but once there, standing in the freezing cold for an hour didn't improve my mood. Thank god the race more than made up for it. I think I'll be back if I can cope with the admin nightmare. Date of review: October 23, 2010
In short: 10k - Good but a bit shambolic In full: Well organised registration at Four Seasons Hotel, with coaches laid on to take you to start point. Very chilly but once warmed up felt good. THis was chipped race but only for finishing times as there were no starter mats to get start time unlike the Hlaf Marathon. There was supposed to be a simultaneous start with the Half Marathon, but they lost contact but kept reassuring us that the half would not start until both could be started at the same time. 15 mins later they found out the Half had started - this of course meant that the timing chips were out. I think the final times are about 15s too short. Problems ensued when the 10k crossed the Half marathon route at at almost right angles. No Kilometer markers on course only mile countdowns (not acceptable for a 10k to my mind).. Course is very fast as it nearly all downhill with a 1.5% drop across 10k, definite PB potential. I got a PB but will discount it due to the timing issues. The cousre was very well marshalled and there was excellent control of the traffic on the roads hence it was very safe. Goody bag ok, could have been a bit more generous. This is an expensive event to take part in compared to most but would be well worth it if the organisers paid a little more attention to some of these minor details and gripes. I will definitely do it again and would recommend it. Date of review: October 19, 2010