In short: more water required In full: For a half marathon at the end of July, I was surprised that there were only 3 water stations - under UK Athletics rules, race organisers must provide water every 5km as a minimum. That means 4 water stations for a half marathon.
Aside from that, a good course, but made tougher by the weather. Pretty well organised given difficulties with open roads etc. Good goody back with lots of Lucozade products. Toothbrush was a bit random though Date of review: July 30, 2008
In short: Great race, shame about the heat and the start! In full: This really is a great scenic race, had it not been for the ludicrous heat, I may have been able to enjoy the views!!
The Marshalls were fantastic, as were the water stations (especially given the conditions) there was even a chap soaking people with his garden hose - brilliant!
The goody bag was incredibly generous, all useful stuff, the two bottles of lucozade were gone like a shot!
For me the only thing that let this race down(apart from the heat, which cannot be helped) was the start, they held us back from the start, then didn't give us enough time to get there, I would've been gutted if I missed my PB by a few seconds, when it took me 10 seconds to realise the race had started, then a further 30 seconds to cross the start line!
I think they should've had the start line in the leisure centre car park, and just held the traffic back for the start.
Overall a great race, i'd definitely do it again, as for the start, i'd know what to expect next time. Date of review: July 30, 2008
In short: Fair play to Gloucester! In full: Chose to fit this event in alongside a visit to my in-laws in Gloucester and I'm very glad I did. I looked beetroot red by the end - and probably a lot earlier - but the effort was worth it. Yes, the start was a bit uncertain but nobody really eager to set the world alight would have been at the rear would they? There weren't hordes of onlookers but then again it is pretty rural and people possibly had more sensible or fun things to do than watch a few hundred masochists gasping for breath. Those who were there were as supportive as you might wish and I thought the marshalls and drink station teams were great. Well done also to those who were driving along the route and showed enormous patience and courtesy. I hope everyone acknowledged them as they plodded along?! As for the goodie bag, I can only say that it shamed the one that we recently received in my local, B'ham and Black Country half marathon which contained no more than promotional material for the major health club chain which had helped sponsor it. I don't run to get goodie bags but if you are offering one its nice to have one as generous as Sunday's.
Can I suggest to the organisers of this or any other event that as someone who would never drop litter I feel rather guilty about having to drop the plastic cups for want of a bin beyond the drinks stations. I have no doubt that the teams clear up very well after us but I'd much rather be able to do it myself. Perhaps I'm stranger than I thought. Date of review: July 29, 2008
In short: Hot on a tough course with excellent marshalls and plenty of water In full: Walk to the start was different but all worked well for me. The course was more undulating than I expected which made it a tough day out. Loved the sunshine and the goodbag was probably the best one I have ever had. Date of review: July 29, 2008
In short: Phew! What a scorcher! In full: Far too hot, really, to be racing, especially on such a tough course. I stopped running at all the water stations and a couple of other places as well, figuring that I would finish some way off my PB (in the end 18 minutes off!). The race was pretty well organised apart from the start, which was a shambles, and the goody bag was perfectly respectable. Date of review: July 29, 2008
In short: Hot but worth it In full: I promised myself in 2006 that I would never to this race again due to the heat however due to it being a local run I came back for more! Nice, scenic course. The dodgy start did not really affect me as I was nearer the front so heard the whistle.Undulating but nothing really challenging. Good race by Gloucester AC - Well done. Managed a pretty good pb as well so overall had good day. Date of review: July 29, 2008
In short: Very Hot! but all in all very well organised In full: The start was awful! Marshalls were friendly and helpful. The marshalls on the water stations were GR8 and so was the man with the hose pipe. Use of the leisure centre was a bonus with good parking and changing facilities. A few hills that got the better of me but the heat didn't help. Would consider entering on the day. See what the weathers like next time! Date of review: July 28, 2008