In short: Expensive but good race In full: I thought it was expensive this year. It cost over £30 to enter. We got a nice medal plus other bits. But when I did it in 2011 we got a medal, t-shirt, water flask, pasty etc. for the same price. I think in terms of price I'd choose to do the Tavy or Saltash half instead of the Plymouth half in future as they are better value.
But it was a good race. I managed to get a PB. The last hill up to the finish line was a killer. There weren't enough toilets (standard).
Overall, a good race but expensive. Date of review: May 17, 2013
In short: Great New Course In full: Only reason I won't do it again, is because time and tide wait for no man and the body is saying its retirement time! But never say never! Much better course than before though up to Saltram is still a pig and the cruel hill up from the Barbican to the finish, is a crippler. Date of review: May 1, 2013
In short: Fairly tough course but well organised and friendly In full: Course change from last year means that instead of a sharp hill at Saltram you have a long slog up the other side. Personally I liked this and suspect that it made the course slightly quicker. Support was great, weather was runner-friendly and I had a great day (nice goodie bag too) Date of review: May 1, 2013
In short: Nicely tweaked course In full: The new course felt marginally easier than previous years (and I got a pb!). Quite liked the water in pouches. Crowd support great in places. Could barely hear the p.a. system at the start/finish. The price was steep considering the lack of t-shirt, but I thought the goody bag was pretty good (for me the inclusion of a mars bar and packet of crisps was just the ticket). Bit of a bottleneck immediately after the finish whilst queueing for water/medal/goody bag. Overall not too bad but still needs a few tweaks to make it 'special'. Date of review: April 30, 2013
In short: decent local race In full: i paced the 1hr 30 group....numbers at the sharp end of the race were down this year but still a great atmosphere at the start/finsih area and at all the usual key points..... Date of review: April 29, 2013
In short: Give me a technical 'T' shirt, proper water bottles and I'll be happy In full: This is my forth Plymouth half and I'll probably do it again next year, despite the eye watering entry fee! Why? because I live in the city and I love running my local half. I enjoyed the new route which includes a turnaround / contra flow on the Embankment - great to see who is ahead and behind you and good for for a bit of banter. The support from the crowds was good but there were NO BANDS, NO MUSIC, NO DRUMS? Compare with Bideford half which provides all these and bagpipes! Water was provided in cups on all but one of the water stations - bottles may be more expensive but they are what most runners want! The 'athletes village' was fairly efficient especially the baggage drop thanks to the cadet force. For a high entry fee most people want some added value - a goody bag and a technical 'T' shirt. If the organisers can't do this then they should charge a much lower entry fee. A 'local' race (The Cubert five) provided a lovely More Mile back pack within a £10 entry fee. Plymouth half - WORK HARDER ON YOUR SPONSORS NEXT YEAR!! Date of review: June 8, 2012
In short: Fairly challenging course with some hills and nice place to finish up on the hoe - great medal but no t-shirt In full: This was the first time I've run this one. Saltram is a serious hill, but most of the rest of the course was flattish bar the climb back up to the Hoe from the barbican which was quite punishing at the end of the run. Despite the tricky hills, I got my second fastest ever time out of ten events. I thought it was a bit pricey, especially as the goody bag wasn't great and there was no t-shirt. The plastic cups were a bit annoying - had to crunch through them as people can't throw them to the side of the road as they can with bottles. Overall an enjoyable race and I'd do it again. Date of review: June 6, 2012
In full: It is the 5th time I completed the run and I preferred this years route after some tinkering to the course over the last few years. Got caught up in the bottleneck off the Hoe at the start and the first water station was chaotic as well, but the event was once again well organised and support was fantastic along the route. I'm disappointed with the price especially as other half marathons (i.e. Bristol and Torbay) are cheaper and have a tech t-shirt thrown in but I achieved a pb on one of the more challenging half marathon courses and would return next year. Date of review: June 6, 2012
In short: Great crowds. Tough finish, but much worse value than a few years ago. In full: I last did this race in 2007 and there have been a few changes. Some are for the better, such as the new route which seemed a tiny bit flatter, and the change to the finish. However, some changes are not so good.The start was quite congested and too narrow in places. The event seems to have doubled in price over the past few years, and I guess some of this is due to the extra road closures, but overall value has diminished. There used to be hot food and drink at the finish and the usual free t-shirt and useful goody bag. Now no t-shirt, goody bag a random collection of cheap stuff and no hot food or drink. However, the quibble over value would not stop me doing it again. It's my local race, and the crowds throughout the course seemed bigger and louder than I remember, especially at the hills where you really needed them. The course has some challenging hills but it also has some long flat and downhill bits, so a fast time is not impossible. Plymouth is still a good race, and if the organisers made a few tweaks to make it better value it could be a great one. Date of review: June 6, 2012