In short: Very enjoyable first half-marathon. In full: My first half-marathon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice friendly atmosphere with good support at the finish. I thought the course was pretty flat. There are certainly no climbs that should scare off the inexperienced. I found the loop around the industrial estate pretty inoffensive. I'll certainly be back next year. Date of review: October 31, 2007
In short: Attention to detail In full: ran it last year (2006, but the hill seemed steeper this time round. The drink stations are not ideally placed, again. Staff as friendly as positive as ever. but it cost a few pounds more to enter and there was no goody bag this year. So all in all, not overly impressed, which did not help as I ran my worst time ever, by a country mile. Not impresSecond time for me, not ready f Date of review: October 25, 2007
In short: Good organisation, chip timing a bonus. In full: The organisation of the race was excellent and the first half of the course was pleasant enough, but running on the main roads was not good. As I won't ever get a look-in at the prize money, I'd rather it was spent funding a better souvenir for the ordinary runners. Date of review: October 25, 2007
In short: Another excellent race from the organisers In full: Back again for an attempt on my pb at this great race. The start and finish were well organised and I'm glad last year's amendment to the route has remained. I agree with the comments on the toilet facilities, otherwise no grumbles, loads of praise. Missed a pb though!
In short: An excellent race, helped by excellent organisation and supeb weathe. In full: A very positive experience. I was impressed by the very practical nature of the race organisation, the helpful marshalling and good support. The quiet efficiency puts many big city races to shame. Well done, Stroud. Date of review: October 24, 2007
In short: Lovely race and a lovely day to run In full: I enjoyed this race and managed a PB so it made my day, the scenery was lovely and the Industrial Estate wasn't that bad, I've seen worse, the A38 was a bit scary, trying to get past other runners without getting run over at the same time was a bit hairy. Thanks to all the marshals and supporters who came out on such a lovely crisp day. The only gripe I have is that I finished in time to get a bottle of water but my friend didn't which after 13.1 miles is not good enough, surely the organizers knew in advance how many would be participating??? Well worth doing again. Date of review: October 23, 2007
In short: OK, but not great... In full: The lovely sunny morning made the scenic first half of the course all the more enjoyable, but it couldn't do much to enhance the last five miles of busy roads and industrial estate. Nor is the course as flat and fast as it claims. Drinks stations are very oddly spaced at 5, 9 and 11(possibly due to afore-mentioned busy roads). And while I don't need to add to my stock of T-shirts, mugs and medals, I'd expect a bit more for the high-ish entry fee. Less emphasis on big cash prizes at the top end of the field perhaps? On a positive note, well marshalled and good local support. An OK run, but I won't be rushing back for more. Date of review: October 23, 2007