In short: A good course, well organised and with excellent PB potential. In full: This was my first year at the Dundee half so I can’t make any comparisons with previous years. A nice start with a slightly undulating run around the park but no major hills, after that it is a fast flat course giving excellent PB potential. Some dullish areas to run through but a nice finish. The weather was a lot better than expected and overall it was a well organised and friendly race. Date of review: June 27, 2008
In short: For too long the Dundee half has been a race you run because it is close rather than good. next year I'll enter because it is actually a good race!!!! In full: Since its birth the dundee half has been shambolic to use a non sweary word. Last year was the current organisers 1st year and I thought it was horrendous and even worse than trigger's 13.7 miler. Its amazing how reversing a course can improve a race so much.
By avoiding a lot of Dundee's tourist attractions and the city centre the course may not show dundee off in its best light like the original one but it is decent. As it gets bigger moving back into the city may become possible. The lap of the park makes being there worthwhile (last year's uphill finish running through trees didn't do it for me), it is very fast if the wind is in the normal direction, the rediculous and dangerous late climb has gone and the picturesque finish at the castle with bigger crowds (that was always the races best feature) is back. The organisation was far better and the facilities at the ice rink were far better than the glass pavillion's last year. Shame the family run was cancelled and that the support at the finish was sparser than the last castle finishes but the weather prob played a part. It was a mingin' morning. A later start by an hour or so to get the Ferry's sunday visitors and church goers out on the final stretch could make it even more special. My only gripe was the over trafficconing of the course. Do we really have to run so many tight right angle turns when we cross junctions and pass circles. The only place there weren't cones was tuppany jocks brae where most of the field ran into the triffid. Shame Dundee's press gives next to no coverage to this proper running event in comparison to the massively overhyped "race" for life.
In the past the Dundee half was a race you ran because it was close. If somebody asked me whether it was worth travelling from central scotland I'd prob have said no go to east kilbride its better. Next year I can honestly say I'll enter because I want to run the Dundee half rather than it being something you felt you should run to keep it going. I also wouldn't be embarassed to recommend it to others. Well done to the organisers this race is getting there at last!!!!! Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: Nice folks , Nice place , Good route if a little industrial. In full: Nice route and the free car parking at the start a simple but pleasant extra. Liked the idea of no bag for goodies , enviromentally sound . Water would have been better in sports bottles and perhaps an energy drink station somewhere . Family liked the finish area , did own PB and will be back next year to try and beat it . Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: A good half not dampened by the weather with nice touches In full: This half was relatively flat (the odd undulation but nothing to write home about) and would show good PB potential. The stiff head wind on the day did become a bit wearing but generally the weather was a lot better than it could have been and at least it wasn't too hot. Marshalls were cheerful and there was plenty of water at the stations. The finish at Brought Ferry castle was picturesque. I also appreciated the extra medal for running more than one of the east coast halfs. I'd definitely give this a go next year and try for a PB. A nice touch was the announcer mentioning all by name as we ran accross the line. It gave quite a large race (700 finishers) a small friendly race feel. Date of review: June 23, 2008