In short: Excellent PB potential, no major problems In full: I didn't personally experience any of the traffic problems other users have noted, though I can certainly see why people did have problems as there were a few spots where you had to be very alert and hope you got a clear run.
Course was good - no major climbs which made it easier to keep a steady pace going, so great for pacing yourself to a new PB. I thought the organisation was fine, I had no issue with the signposting and the start and finish were well co-ordinated. Decent support out on the road, a nice town to run through at the end and the chocolate brownies were much appreciated! Date of review: June 7, 2014
In short: Much better than 2013 but could still improve In full: This was my 20th Tewkesbury half, so I have a few seen changes over the years. The last few years have been a mixed bag, in fact, ever since the guy who worked for the council who organised it, hung up his "running shores" so to speak! A few companies have tried to run this, some terribly and some average. Overall it is still an OK run. The best improvement has been the final three miles running with the River Avon on your right to the top of the High Street instead of taking you back through the industrial area. However, I agree with some of the other reviewers that the traffic management at the junction of Nelson St and Barton St needs to be much better marshalled. I understand why they stopped running down the High Street (difficult to keep that busy road free of parked cars on the right hand side) but finishing at the council offices meant it was easier to marshall/cross over the road at the top of the High St. Food for thought? PS Chocolate brownies at the finish were good! Date of review: June 2, 2014
In short: Traffic at the end very dangerous In full: Run ruined by the last mile - trying to cross Tewkesbury High Street, one car decided to actually drive at me. Luckily missed me. Date of review: May 29, 2014
In short: Still has some issues In full: Lack of changing facilities. Race number fell apart. The 10k & Half should set off at the same time, spent the first few miles overtaking slower runners which wasn't easy given you had to run through the town centre with the traffic. Fair play to the marshall at the supermarket traffic lights who kept motorists at bay while the runners went past. Mildly undulating course with adequate water stations but entry cost quite high when compared with other similar sized races. Date of review: May 29, 2014
In short: enjoyable In full: First time to Tewkesbury & really enjoyed it, good run & a very nice place to visit. Parking was fine & no problems at the start, course took you through the town & out to the countryside & back into town for finish, nice slightly undulating course with only one slight problem of having to cross the road at the 12 mile mark with no marshalls in sight, nice medal & t shirt & overall a pleasant event, one i would do again. Date of review: May 27, 2014
In short: A mixed bag - a few problems to iron out. In full: I meant to do this one last year but missed out due to injury - just as well given the poor reviews it got. However, the organisers kindly deferred me to this year's race. Not bad overall but some things could have been better: Number got wet and disintegrated. Didn't like the start mixed in with cars in the street. The 10k/HM split could have been clearer although there were marshals there - just a couple of big clear signs would have helped. More mile markers please.
Ironing out these issues will ensure more runners come back. On the positive: Nice medal and tech shirt; bananas and water at finish; results detailed and posted quickly. Date of review: May 27, 2014
In short: Badly Organised Would not do again In full: After entering online turned up to find no number had been allocated so had to re register ,and many others doing the same .Filled in race number with emergency contact etc as usual ,which was a waste of time as it fell to bits at 5 miles when it got wet at a water station .Race numbers are usually water proof but the organisers had penny pinched by using cheaper thin paper ones .The route at the split between 10k and half was poorly marshalled and signposted so I was not surprised to hear that some runners went wrong way .Major road crossing at mile 12 ,in town centre was not marshalled at all .I could go on ,but in a nutshell this is a badly organised race ,and I would never do again. Date of review: May 26, 2014