In short: Well-organised and friendly In full: After reading some mixed reviews, I was agreeably surprised by the whole thing: everything ran smoothly. Excellent facilities and refreshments available at the start/finish; friendly marshalls throughout. Maybe the starting-point for the coach from the Town Centre could be signposted - a minor quibble. Date of review: November 15, 2016
In short: Back to its best In full: This year the race has returned to its old two-lap course with a finish on the track at the Riddlins. The organisation was excellent and the marshall plentiful and friendly as always. The weather was sunny and perfect for a run.... I'll be back next year. Date of review: November 2, 2015
In short: Much better than I expected In full: This run seemed well organised with marshalls everywhere. The course takes you through quite a bit of parkland as well as wide cycle lanes and footpaths. The weather was fantastic, which helped today but the route was pleasant. Water stations quite frequent. Tech shirt at the end was a plus. Finishing on the track is nice but I don't really understand why we couldn't start on the track too to spread people out in the first quarter mile. Parking is off site and the bus collection was a bit slow. If the weather had been cold or wet this would have been a problem for some. That said, this seemed to be a proper club organised race. Undulating yes but doing two laps of some long hills is a bit of a challenge but all good for you. Date of review: November 1, 2015
In short: Not what it used to be In full: The SHM used to be a brilliantly well-organised race on a slightly dull course - but good enough that I'd run 5 before this one.
But this year the course has changed to be more dull (more cycle paths, less park) and more undulating. It also lacks the really good stadium finish. The organisation too has gone from smooth to a bit chaotic. Only the great marshals are unchanged from last year. Some of this will be down to moving the race location and should improve next year. But unless the course changes I'm not sure I'm going to be back to find out. Date of review: November 7, 2014
In short: Fantastic marshalls thats about all it had going for it! In full: Marshalls and supporters were excellent cold wet miserable bu they stayed till the end.
Car parking nowhere near the start (not a problem for the start as got there early) but after the race having to walk couple of miles to the car not idea!
No problems with the course prefered it to the old 2 lap however prefer the stadium finish and the muddy bank to finish on was saturated never going to be any good in November.
Had a problem submitting my time to gb ranking power of 10, has now been rectified there was a problem with the bronze status.
Disappointing medal and t shirt for the cost although these arent the main reason for running.
I probably will run this event again though as its local, well marshalled however if there was another local half marathon at the same time I'd probably consider it over this race. Date of review: November 6, 2014
In full: Yes - The race was started early and i was 'late' Yes - We had to park miles away Yes - The start was too far from the HQ But it has a certain charm.. And the volunteers and the supports were great and fairlands valley park is quite nice. You cannot enter a race in Stevenage and then complain about the scenery. To quote Fawlty Towers 'May I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel window - Sydney Opera House perhaps.. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It was a good course, but a little disappointing we did not finish in the Stadium this year. Didn't collect my t-shirt and medal as HQ was in different direction to the car. Was the t-shirt a proper wicks running one? Date of review: November 5, 2014
In short: FULL MARATHON REVIEW In full: The only good thing about the race were the marshals. They were awesome. The rest? AWFUL. - Poor organisation. No parking close by and i ended up on a side street where my car was scratched. - Medal was one of the worst in my collection. for a 30 year anniversary? You must be kidding me? - Route: I thought MK was bad for underpasses and boring routes... this took the biscuit. - Start: Wait... did we start? I dont know.... everyone just started running. I'm sure lots of people missed the start - Toilets: The Luxury portaloos were nice - aid on route: There was only one aid station by the scouts that had anything other than water (jelly babies and the such). - Finish: On a grass track? I saw lots of people falling over. By the time the marathoners came through it was a quagmire. - distance from HQ to start/finish. Too long. I got very cold and there was noone handing out space blackets or really taking care of you - Refreshments. I did the marathon in 4.26 - by the time i got in and changed and wanting a cup of tea there was nothing available. I got a lukewarm cup of tea. Not ideal. especially when the weather had been as bad as it was
Really disappointed in this race and wont be back. Date of review: November 5, 2014
In short: Disorganised start In full: Second year running the half marathon. Didn't mind the new course but finishing at the stadium was definitely better than on a sloped and slippery patch of grass.
My main gripe was the organisation. Nowhere to park at race hq (it was full) and the instructions sent out pre race were clear as mud. Asked a couple of marshalls but they weren't clear so ended up on a side street and had to run back to race hq to make the start. I was lucky to make it and i know that plenty of people will have missed the off as there was no announcement. Not ideal way to start the race.
Medal is a bit pony but i like the t-shirt, one of the nicest i've received. Date of review: November 4, 2014
In short: TOUGH,HILLY,ATMOSPHERE POOR,MEDAL POOR,T-SHIRT DISSAPPOINTING In full: Let me first say i beat my previous best SHM time by three and a half minutes, so i am not moaning because i had a bad time! In addition the marshalling is superb and thanks to all of the spectators who turned out on the day it was all generally well organised. HOWEVER! THE COURSE: Even this modified course IS NOT FLAT! By ANY stretch of the imagination! There are flat and down hill stretches,but the hills seem endless,i could go on to list them,but i wont, so please do not advertise that this is "undulating"or"flat"because its not! I think marginally i prefer the new course as its one circuit, however the ridlins stadium finish is always a nice end to the race.
MEDAL:For the 30th anniversary =poor T-SHIRT:This is so poor i am not even going to comment!
Start and finish poor No atmosphere, definitely need a PA with a commentator,i would be happy to do it once i have finished the race next year if you cant find anyone,it really does make a difference!
This was my fifth year and i will be back in 2015 as its local to me,but i would advise not to take others for granted (despite your full entry)that this will always be the case! Date of review: November 3, 2014