In short: Absolutely brilliant race with a great feeling to it In full: This race is a must for everyone wanting the half marathon distance..As a first for the organisers they did a great job, i really enjoyed every step (and this is from a dedicated off roader!!) A warm welcoming feeling even in the car park gave the impression of a great race and i was not dissapointed. I enjoyed the whole day which was made better with a pb!! never thought i was capable of that!! There was a few timing gremlins but apart from the really fast runners who cares too much about accurate times. I'm definately running next year. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Great event In full: The safety and well being for competitors was paramount at this event, ample helpful co-ordinators/marshals/toilet/changing/shower/ refreshment facilities but most of all a safe and traffic free course. Fantastic bright dry fit t-shirt, medal and goody bag was the icing on the cake for all. Date of review: May 18, 2012
In short: Disappointed with the presentation In full: Even though I was the first over 40 runner and attended the presentation I have still not received my prize. I travelled forwards and backwards across Scunthorpe to get to the delayed presentation to be told they had messed up the results and actually gave out the prizes to the wrong people. It was very embarrassing. They put my club down in the results incorrectly but even though I emailed them they still haven't changed it. After the results were published they changed the time for the runner who came after me even though the pictures they took clearly show the time gap would have been impossible. It was meant to be a race with a UKA license but they have clearly changed some people's results on request. It was also very strange to have male prize categories as M40 M50 M55 M60 - why have M55 it doesn't make sense. I appreciate it was a first race and organisation takes time and experience but most of the problems listed could have been remedied long before I wrote this review. The organisers have taken the shine off what started to be a perfect event for me. Not replying to my emails is extremely rude. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: Totally flat, and a fantastic finish In full: Ask anyone from outside Lincolnshire to describe the county in one word, and 97% of people will say "flat". Elsewhere in the county, race directors make it their mission to disprove this.
Not in Scunthorpe, though. When the biggest gradients are 2 bridges over a motorway, then you know that a race is designed for nothing other than to get a massive PB. And to finish on the pitch at Glanford Park, even for a non Scunthorpe fan, was the icing on the cake.
OK, so it wasn't the most scenic route ever, but nor was it without its charms on a mostly rural course, with traffic free roads, plenty of water and encouraging marshalls.
Thanks Neil, I'll do it again next year, if I may. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: If you have a problem, if no-one else can help, if you can find them maybe you can hire the AVAC team In full: Think knights templar, think MI6, think freemasons, think mossad. We're top secret - in training for years - no website. This is a crack team of athletes that descend on events and take silverware.
May Bank Holiday week-end brought Scunthorpe’s first half marathon for 12 years – the North Lincolnshire Olympic Year 2012 Half Marathon. Delivered with military precision by mein host Neil Pattison this event will have runners salivating for more in 2013.
A perfect still and cool conditions welcomed the septuplet of AVAC. Barker, Crosskill, Gibbs, Isle, Palmer, Turner and Wilks were more Miami Vice than the A Team but the opposition knew they were there for business.
AVAC race prep as slick as ever – a proposed team picture postponed due to traffic and comfy bed issues and SUFCs changing room toilet deemed a write off after a visit by one member.
Assembling on the closed off Scotter Road was quite an occasion seeing circa 700 primed athletes (and one chap with two kids in a push chair) focused on smashing the 13.1 miles.
Right from the off a fast pace was set. Barker and Gibbs within seconds of each of other in a battle of attrition (and sunglasses). Wilks looking to set yet another PB. Crosskill looking to be the first O55 lady without her Italian mafioso connections being sussed. Palmer doing the impossible in running a solid race 14 days after the London marathon (and three days after being overtaken by a sloth on a Wednesday training session (Gordon was training not the sloth)). And Isle being joined within 200metres by a fly as a running partner that cheekily grabbed a lift in his left eye for the full run.
The course is flat – think of ironed pancakes and you get the idea. The waterstations manned like no others – think of marshalls falling over themselves to assist you (apart from one cruelly squirted in the face by one lowly AVAC member – its not big or funny *cough*). Think of the best bar service in the world and better it.
A well supported course, which takes in East Butterwick, Burringham, Gunness before, finishing in the home of the mighty Claret and Blue. The entry fee was worth this alone.
Palmers race went well - an old sparring partner in Scunthorpe and Districts’s Woodhouse was taken to the sword in Glanford Park – a move that Scunthorpe’s former loves of Sharp or Hooper would have been proud of. FAO Alan Knill – I have Palmers mobile number for the 2012/13 season.
Grazia’s season goes from great to superb – a 1:43 time and second lady over 55.
Barker clearly is no lover of The Verve. The drugs clearly do work – a pb by minutes and 3rd over 50 man. Just seconds behind Gibbs whose decision to finally get out of bed and wear the green of AVAC rather than Lincsquad was totally vindicated.
Wilks yet another pb – this is one to watch can he keep improving this much. We hope so.
Isle and fly managed a 1:22 but even having Chips like outriders and a training bud shouting abuse at the entry to GP couldn’t help him crack the top ten but the Stones double and Mann will go down in AVAC history.
Turner achieved yet another solid half with no training. An achievement in itself.
The AVAC men’s team won first men’s team against some auspicious company!!!!!