In short: Fantastic race for the first time they've run it - well worth attending as works for both walkers and runners (walkers et off an hour ahead of the runners) - go over and make a weekend of it!!! Date of review: May 7, 2011
In short: A great way to spend the weekend! In full: A new course for 2010, starting in the town centre, so plenty of support early doors. The course then heads out for two loops of the countryside (one if you are doing the 10k). The weather, scenery and support were all excellent and this is definitely one of my favourite races!
However don't be deceived by mentions of PB potential in the official course description - this course is a great example of how sticking a pin at the start and the finish and measuring descent doesn't tell the whole story! Yes, the course might net be 200ft downhill, but when you expand that to 650ft uphill, 850ft downhill you then realise why you won't be running anywhere near a PB!
Remember though you come to Alderney for a different pace of life and that's what counts! Date of review: September 8, 2010
In short: A very friendly race in beautiful surroundings. Shame about the hills! In full: Alderney is a tiny island, but they know how to put on a good race. There was a new route for 2010, the first 6.21 miles of which offered a pretty speedy course for the 10k runners. The remaining 7 were hard work, as all reserves were wiped out by the torturous Torgis Hill. The marshals reassured us when we got the top that it was downhill all the way home. Possibly true if you have fresh legs, but a cruel deception to the tired runner.
However, the scenery was breathtaking, the support warm and encouraging and the organisation like clockwork. The organiser had very generously turned his home into race HQ, with a fabulous lunch for all competitors and bathrooms made available for competitors to shower in. The fabulous atmosphere more than compensated for the tough course. I'll definitely be back - although possibly for the 10k next time! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Great race! Great experience! Don't look for a PB, Tourgis Hill and the wind puts paid to that! 1st time on Alderney, very friendly and it's an adventure just getting there on a Trislander planer.. Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: Great scenery, Great organizers, Great Island - I recommend anyone to try this race at least once. In full: I saw a banner ad for this race on runnersworld main page, and having not been to the channel islands before, thought this would be a good chance to see one of the islands. In this case you get two opportunities to see the whole island as you are taken on the perimeter road! No chance of PBs as winds are inevitably strong off the atlantic, and a big hill at the start and again at 7 miles, puts paid to your chances! Don't come for a time, just come for a really uplifting race! Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Hard course, but great atmosphere. In full: 1st half marathon for me, and was a challenging course but great fun, only had 5 minutes worth of never again at the end. Lots of support from those who had turned out for the race and from those who just happened to be on the same bit of road. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Good race, Great Marshals, Will come back next year In full: Good scenery, which would have been better if it hadn't rained. Very strong winds. Great marshals braving the elements. Even with the poor weather I managed a PB Date of review: September 11, 2008
In short: Fantastic day In full: The weather couldn't have been worse, with gale force winds and sheeting rain, but the race organisers provided a great day nonetheless. Steep hills test even the most experienced runner, whilst the beautiful scenery make it a fabulous course even for those taking things that much slower. Date of review: September 9, 2008