In short: A special set of races for all comers In full: This review regards the 2013 Easter Runs. We travelled over from Colchester to participate in the above, and we're so glad to have competed in all 4 events. The first was the 10k which was relatively flat, albeit the wind against hurts the pb potential; finishing with some top class athletes though made me feel pretty good. The following day, another walk to the start (if you have no car and the buses are one per hour this is what you do)warmed us up for the 4.75m x-country - the younger races precede a thrilling run round dunes and tracks and sand and stone. A virtual rollercoaster! Similar format the 3rd day was the 2-mile relay again on a x-country footing, but a pure sprint; wind was again a problem as it sent temperatures to almost freezing. But so very inclusive. Walking back, the timekeeper stopped and gave us a lift! Final day, Easter Monday, was the half marathon from the 'capital' and the fresh breeze still very apparent; nevertheless, the top athletes made it look easy - run on roads and against the sea front it was a great morning's work. Competing in all 4 events made me 2nd in the over-50's. This and the great friends made over Easter (Jacko and Tom) made this a trip we want to do again - Martyn and Laura say a huge thanks to the organisers x Date of review: April 4, 2013
In short: Beautiful scenery and one of the fastest courses in Britain. Does it get any better? In full: This comment relates to the 2007 Easter Half-Marathon, run on Easter Monday.
The Guernsey Easter Runs consists of four runs over four days. Unfortunately I was only able to participate in the final event - the half-marathon.
Starting on the seafront in St Peter Port, the course winds its way along the eastern coast of Guernsey, past pretty harbours and picturesque historic maritime buildings. The bends are fast and sweeping and there's very little traffic.
Once out of the town the course seems to really pick up pace out in the rural north-east corner of the island. A quick loop around the L'Ancresse Common, and it's back the way you came to St Peter Port. With four or five drink stations, all staffed by happy volunteers, and handing out bottled water, refreshment was never a doubt.
The last couple of miles take you back along the St Peter Port seafront, with a long unbroken stretch from mile 11 to 12.5 to test those you started too fast!
The finish, on Albert Pier, can be seen with over half-a-mile to go, so it's easy to time the final sprint.
Everybody is announced as they cross the line, where there was huge volumes of bottled water available and a really classy race t-shirt.
This is a fast course - the new British under-20 female record was set today (congratulations to Steph Twell). The route also passes beautiful scenery, for those with a little more time on their hands than Steph!
I beat my PB by a minute and throughly enjoyed the friendly and ultra-efficient organisation. As a bonus, Guernsey is a great place to visit for a short break.
I cannot recommend this one highly enough. Date of review: April 11, 2007
In short: Brilliant set of races In full: This is part of a series of 4 races - 10K, XC, XC relay and a half-marathon. All incredibly well organised, very friendly and thoroughly enjoyable. The scenery in all 4 is breathtaking. A lot of hard work has been put in to make this event a success, the organisers are to be congratulated. This year (2007) had the bonus of some elite athletes at the top of field showing us lesser (and older!) mortals how it really should be done. I am surprised more runners don't make the effort to come to Guernsey for these events; all are suitable for every level of ability. Date of review: April 11, 2007
In short: A really enjoyable race with a few inclines but no killer hills, the only problem I can see, is that if like this year London is the week after Easter, not a lot of time to recover. Date of review: April 18, 2006
In short: In full: This was my first race and the overall feel was that it was really for club runners. The marshalls were extremely friendly with the exception of one rather grumpy person who was highly dismissive when asked if water stations were provided. He turned out to be wrong anyway (water at the half way mark!). Also a shame that goody bags were only provided for runners of all four races. However small disappointments aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and thank you to all those people encouraging the few of us at the back! Date of review: April 17, 2006
In short: Very pretty scenery, lovely run (10K run) In full: This was my husbands first race and I was the last runner, but loved every minute of it. Would love to do it again should we be in Guernsey over the Easter period. many thanks to the race organisers Date of review: April 16, 2006
In short: Great fun and a great sceney. In full: This is the second Guernsey half marathon I have done (visiting from London each time with the family) and it was great on both occaisions. Marshalling good and friendly. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Beatiful island, warm welcome, great race, shame about the weather In full: This is part of a weekend series. Those taking part in individual events walk away from a beatiful island having run a very scenic race which was well marshalled, appropriately supplied throughout with water stations, possibly having run a PB but sadly there is no tangible memento to remind the further flung runner of the weekend unless you compete in all the events! It is, however, a special race and one to which I would gladly return. I look forward to the second Guernsey Half on a different route, on father's day and hopefully, better weather to take in more distant views whilst enjoying the island experience. Date of review: March 29, 2005