In short: Lovely race through country lanes, couple of sneaky hills, but next year I'm taking a canoe In full: I'm sure on a clear day the views from that first hill would be amazing, but sadly it was not to be. The weather was dreadful, which the organisers can't help, but some sort of covered changing area would have been nice. As it was I had to drive home in soaking gear wrapped in a towel. Oh and if you're going to have an event chip timed, then why not have a timing mat at the start as well? Us back-of-the-packers want accurate timings as well, you know.
The route went along mainly little country lanes, but there were a surprising number of cars going by. The marshalls were AMAZING - it was horrible running in that rain, but they were stood out in in and were all smiling, clapping and encouraging. Good work!
Oh but that hill at mile 12, on a footpath that was slippy with water & mud running down it? Not nice! Date of review: October 22, 2013
In short: A nice little event, no complaints from me. In full: Encouraging marshals, nice town, scenic course, nice medal & goodie bag, overall I would say a friendly little event which was smoothly organised. I personally did not like the off-road track near the end. The country roads around Devizes make for a picturesque course which would be more suitable for a summer or spring event. I appreciate that the organisers cannot predict the weather but the roads the course is on do get flooded in the winter which would also suggest they may wish to re-evaluate the time of the year they hold the event. Some nice pubs at the finish, next time I might make sure I finish before visiting them. Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: Should have worn a wetsuit! In full: Great scenic route, with a couple of hills, Well marshalled throughout (Extra bonus points for smiling in the wind and rain)! Good goodie bag, Loved the pint glass. Only negative was completely out of the organisers control. The weather, was horrendous! Date of review: October 20, 2013
In short: Horrible weather, nice course, well organised In full: Stunning scenery (when you could see through the hail!) and a challenging course without being ridiculous. Minor gripes (mostly due to the heavy rain)were the rivers of water in the road in a few places and an unexpected off road section between 11-12 that was a bit dodgy with all the standing water - I think footing would have been tricky in racing flats. Decent goodie bag, ok medal and a nice pint of 6X in a pub right next to the finish :) Date of review: October 20, 2013
In short: Good rural run with good PB potential In full: Weather was the only dampener. Good medal and goodie bag. Well marshalled. Scenic run with the potential PB. Will be back next year. Date of review: October 20, 2013
In short: Thoroughly Enjoyable Experience In full: A very enjoyable race. Well organised. Fantastic goodie bag I loved the pint glass and I really enjoyed the free drink in the pub afterwards to have a bit of banter with the other runners. Date of review: November 22, 2012
In short: A Great Way to Spend a Sunday Morning In full: My first half marathon so didn't really know what to expect but the organisation was really very good. Around 330 runners gathered on the village green for the off which was bang on time. Most of the race was on quiet country roads and apart from the one killer hill at the 9-mile mark, the rest of the course was relatively flat(ish). My only comment would be their rubbish mile markers - at one point the mile marker was out by .25 miles! Thankfully I had my Garmin on and the finish line was exactly 13.1 miles so not sure what happened to the measuring inbetween. The atmosphere was very good, the marshalls and public enthusiastic which really helped. Results available on-line later that day and the photos available with a day or so as well so great going. The goodies included an etched pint glass and a lovely medal so well done to the sponsor. A great race overall, I am going to do it again next year and I would recommend it as a good race for a first Half. Date of review: October 23, 2012
In full: Very enjoyable run through my local countryside,mainly flat save for two hills.Well organised and friendly.Well supported by local Brewers Wadworths.Finishers recieving pint Glass and medal.Hope its repeated in 2013. Date of review: October 22, 2012