In short: This race shows the town's true colours: Historic, rural, and modern In full: Was it chocolate box scenery? Mostly. I think that the section in the business park seemed to be a stark contrast to the stunning beauty of the Abbey, the rural villages, the very rural farm areas, and the Tudor townscape.
Was it a PB course? That depends. Being a few short weeks after FLM lots of people are still recovering, and the flatness of the route is less than I remember from last year. But it's not hilly: I was only 30 seconds off the pace.
Atmosphere: With 1000 runners there was a good buzz. It could take twice that with a few tweaks. I noticed that it seemed to be very popular with the local runners, and less so with the seriously clubby types. It would suit both ends of the spectrum.
This was a transition year, so bear with the organisers. The new people merely staffed the operation this year, using the pre-existing arrangements. Expect any minor grumbles to have been addressed in 12 months time. But that's the whole point, there were very few grumblings and far more positive comments. Of course I can make improvement suggestions to the organisers, but there were some nice touches this year: the monstrously large mile markers, championchips, the mini water bottles, and a previous London Marathon winner manning the car park... Date of review: May 16, 2007
In short: A nice, flat half worthy of a pb, shame about the weather! In full: I talked two friends into doing their first Half, but they dropped out and left me to it! Loved old Tewkesbury and the countryside part of the run, despite the weather. I matched my pb thanks in part to a silly sprint finish racing someone to the line. Thought the small bottles of water on way round were just right size and very generous.
Some potential improvements for next time:
1. after the finish line, wasn't sure where to collect medal, missed goodie bag and came home with timing chip! Could do better.
2. Seemed to be some confusion at the start re.fun run and half, so we all mucked in together.
All in all pretty good though. Date of review: May 16, 2007
In short: Worth doing as I even managed to push a wheel chair round it. The organsation could have been a little better. I could hear what was being said and we were mewant to be in time slots and I couldnt hear it. Date of review: May 16, 2007
In short: enjoyable great sporadic support In full: got a pb so a bit bias giving this race a great rating but the runners were talkative to say the least considering everybody i spoke to was hell bent on a pb. the support was sporadic cos of the coarse but considering the weather the people who did were amongst the most genuine ive come across thanks tewkesbury. Date of review: May 16, 2007
In short: Cheeky little run with definite PB potential In full: Not entirely flat - a couple of very gentle inclines and the finish is slightly uphill. Very generous goody bag with loads of free refreshments available. Generally good friendly staff tho' some of the marshalls were a bit miserable - but it was wet so they can be forgiven - it takes a special kind of person to stand outide in the rain for 2 - 3 hours to cheer runners on. I'll do this again - got a PB but disappointed to run 2.02 rather than 1.59 Date of review: May 16, 2007