In short: Great challenge and pleasure to finish In full: well a very big well done to all those who braved the weather. Especially the race organisers and wind swept marshalls. I think your job was harder at least we could warm up with a run!!
Being my first half marathon in an organised event, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and shall do it again next year. We visit family so double reasons for travelling from the main land to the island.
I was suprised that I managed a sub two hours given the first half hills and second half coastal gales. So considering the conditions I am more than frilled to achive my target set for a flat course.
Roy I understand that this is your last event before moving to Ireland. So a huge thank you for a job very well done and please pass on my many many thanks to those hearty helpers (once defrosted!)
In short: Running in the rain" In full: You can book your race place, you can book your flights, You can book your hotel and you can book your pasta meal but you cannot book the weather. It was as all the others have written before me, rain, wind, cold and bad. However the marshals deserve all the thanks and the organisers as they were fantastic. A word of encouragement from everyone i passed and always a smile in the pouring, cold rain.
I still managed to get a PB but that is only because my previous was really bad so i was lucky. The island is a great place to visit and if my budget allows i will be back.
In short: Wind, rain, wind, rain, but nothing can stop this being the best race of the year. In full: This is my third straight year of travelling to this race, and after two years of bright sunshine, this year the weather was ANGRY! Over two inches of rain fell in the hour-and-a-half of racing, for most of the race we battled a 30mph side-wind, trudged through floods yet loved every minute of it!
Certainly not my HM PB this year, but who cares?! I think every one of us stood on that startline doubted whether we should race, yet we all did, and we all beat the weather today.
I am totally humbled by the marshalls, the water station helpers, the local police - everybody out on the course. I tried to say "thank you" to every helper I passed, and if I missed anybody then they deserve to get a big "thanks" now. Also, the young ladies unwrapping the foil blankets at the finish were doing a brilliant job.
The organisers, and the Mayfair Hotel sponsor should be so proud that they have the best half-marathon on Britain. It's a wonderful testiment to Roy's organisation, and he leaves some big shoes to fill for next year's organiser.
Remember, the weather is usually glorious here, and I'll be here in 2008 to enjoy it. I hope there'll be loads more people here too.
In short: Marvellous Marshals!! In full: Thanks Roy and all the organisers and especially the wonderful marshalling and water station folks (even if it was too windy to drink!!) - to stand in those conditions and still manage a smile and encouragement, well you truly deserve a medal!!
Indeed the hills were not as bad as described.. and next year with a different set of weather conditions (!)I reckon its possible to do a decent time on a very pretty course. Date of review: November 21, 2007
In short: Interesting to say the least! In full: I spent a week in Jersey, built purely around the half marathon. Enjoyed every minute of it, and that includes the race. What a nightmare, but I am guessing people may already have come to that conclusion after reading everyone elses comments.
A PW for me (if PW is the exact opposite of PB), but I am hardly surprised, I was hit with a cold a couple of days prior and if I am honest, probably shouldnt have ran on the day, but I did it as it was really the sole intention of me being on the island.
Marshalling perfect, whole race really well organised. Even a few supporters out on the course, which bearing in mind the weather was nice to see. A good course too.
A massive thanks to Lisa and Nigel (the physios) for helping me out afterwards, I was not in a fit state to do anything and they kindly gave me a lift back to my accommodation. A big thanks also to the St Johns Ambulance people who helped me post race as my body temperature had dropped drastically.
Infact thanks to everyone, I hope to run it again someday.
In short: Cold, Windy and Wet...but worth every bit :) In full: The weather did lead me to consider not racing, however once at the start line the atmosphere was brilliant and really carried you through the race (as did the wind at certain points). Thanks must go to the friendly young man who, along with my boyfriend acted as a wind buffer at the worst points!! Date of review: November 20, 2007
In short: Outrageous weather but well organised and worth the effort In full: The weather was truly appalling. Sleet, freezing rain throughout, gale-force winds bringing temperatures of around -4. However, this must have weeded out the sick, lame and lazy. Standing at the start, I did wonder if I was making a big mistake... it was really tough battling the conditions, but you do feel the camaraderie of the other mad ones out there too. Having prevailed against the worst conditions I have ever faced on any run, I am feeling great and so chuffed to have done it, when I did consider backing out more than once on my way to the start! It is always worth it in the end.
A big thanks to the organisers and especially to the marshalls who gave up their time to stand in the freezing weather. Date of review: November 20, 2007
In short: Well organised and friendly. Filthy weather made it difficult for both runners and organisers both rose to the challenge!! In full: Really enjoyed this race, the weather was terrible, would have been drier had I been blown into the sea (which was a real possibility at times)and the wind was cutting! The course was very good with a nice mix of rural and coastal roads, the threatened hills for the first 5 miles were really not bad and i hardly noticed that i was going uphill because of the scenery. Marshalls were good and supportive, quite a challenge after standing around in the wind and rain! Definately worth the trip. Date of review: November 20, 2007
In short: The weather had me imagining the worst, but I came away feeling really great! In full: This race has great organisation and even greater marshalls. It was freezing in the wind and rain, but at least as a runner I was moving to keep warm. The tie up with the hotel meant that accommodation and transport were well organised. My only word of caution - eat out! Date of review: November 19, 2007