In short: As most people have said, very hot, good atmosphere. In full: The second time I have ran this and the only half marathon I have ever done, knocked four minutes off last years time. Crowd are great, water stations are plentiful and a medal, t-shirt and goody bag to finish. Someone has mentioned having biscuits in their bag, I didn't (I was robbed!!) Date of review: September 11, 2005
In short: Hilly, hot ,hell In full: It was my first half marathon and running at home was good but the hills were punishing and distance markers could have been clearer. Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: Hilly, hot, and had to dodge murderous drivers - but fun! In full: My first ever half marathon, and I only started training three weeks before! I finished in 2.49 - which isn't brilliant, but hey, it is a personal best! It certainly converted me to the joys of distance running. It broke a psychological barrier, and now I know I can run a distance I am running faster than before.
The marshals were great at the start of the race, but they thinned out about half way through. At various points I had to stop for traffic, which was murder when I tried to start again, and for a first timer the hills were - let us say - daunting! But I liked getting out of the town, and seeing some countryside, on a nice hot day. At a few points I felt like I was about to get lost, as the marshalls weren't always there to point the way, but I only ran in the wrong direction once, and another runner quickly put me right. It was fun, all told, and I will definitely do it again. Wouldn't do the full marathon in Wolves though, because the same circuit twice might be depressing. The locals here were great though. A whole family started cheering as I went past, shouting "come on vegan!" refering to my teeshirt. So I must get faster, or everyone will think I ran slow because I am vegan, not because I never ran more than 10 k until three weeks ago! And that was four years ago. Oh, and it is my favourite race, because I only ever did one race before! Date of review: September 9, 2005
In short: Undulating is the word...really well organised, very happy Mayor starting the race, loads of smiley marshalls plus Army, St Johns people. In full: Undulating is the word...really well organised, very happy Mayor starting the race, loads of smiley marshalls plus Army, St Johns people. The sun was a bit too much (28 degrees?) respect to all the marathon runners. Great spectators - lots of residents out giving water and encouragement. Great goody bag (I love millionaires shortbread). West Park is very pretty and nice to wander around afterwards. Stuff for kids to do bouncey castle etc. Not crowded which is wonderful compared with the races where there are 10K plus people running. No problem at all with parking. Recommend having a go!!! Date of review: September 7, 2005
In short: My first half and definitely memorable!! In full: I had ankle problems early on and would not have finished but for the encouragement I received from spectators and runners alike. Will definitely do next year if all goes well!! Home town race as well so it was always going to be a bit special. I felt sorry for those doing the full distance as everything seemed to pack up fairly quickly once the half had finished! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fantastic public support, good organisation and lots of water stations - made up for slightly boring scenery! In full: The support from the locals was the best of any race I've ever done - I was very grateful to the family offering jelly beans, water and a refreshing hose-pipe!! It was well organised and had a good, friendly atmosphere which made up for the lack of scenery. Date of review: September 6, 2005