In short: Fantastic day out. Best time in 4 years, medal & technical T, bar & pig roast to finish. In full: Another great day in Dymock. Late start means everyone's relaxed & the sun put us all in an even better mood. Lots of friendly chat with faces old & new before the start whilst waiting for the bus. Set off with the relatively modest target of beating last year's time but felt so good half way that I picked up the pace & the last 4 miles flew by in a blur resulting in my first negative split HM & a course PB. Arriving back to the bands, bar & BBQ made the day extra special. Thank You Dymock & see you in 2014 Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: Worth it for the eccentric start & prize giving alone In full: My third time in 3 years says it all. It was sweltering by the time the canon roared to start us off over 13 miles of sun-baked tarmac (yes really, sun in 2012!!) Plenty of water stations along the undulating course and a good deal of support kept us going. By the time I reached the end I was desperate for shade. With the bank holiday having been moved for the Jubilee the atmosphere back at the Cricket club wasn't as good as previous years: I missed my burger followed by scrummy homemade cake washed down with tea, though the bar was open & the alcoholic prizes flowed freely.
All monies raised go to supporting a cancer charity so a medal & T-shirt for all finishers for only £10 makes this a bargain, even if they were clearing out old stock. Date of review: January 30, 2013
In short: Hot hot hot In full: Blimey that was a warm one. Nice undulating course, good mix of abilities and very friendly. The field stretched out very quickly and I found my self running alone for the vast majority so you have to dig deep to remember its a race and not a training run. The medal at the end was rather odd mind it had Dymock Half 2009 written on the back. Guess they had a few left over from 3 years ago :-) Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Hard work but worth it In full: Despite the difficulties of an undulating course and the hottest day of the year so far, this is one of the best races I've ever run! Lots of water stations, really helpful, friendly marshals, and amazingly, a cannon to start the race!! Plus, a medal, tshirt and certificate for finishing, this is a race I'll be back for next year. Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: An excellent pre marathon test In full: Thanks to all the supporters and organisers, this was a cracking way to spend a Sunday. Entered this one rather than another local event as it was only half the cost. Am I the only one finding that entering some of these events is becoming a little prohibitive? The course was challenging for those of us not used to hills which was what was required. Will certainly do this next year. Date of review: June 28, 2011
In short: Horific! But i feel amazing for having completed it In full: This is my first half marathon in fact my first long run. I had my first child a year ago and needed a challenge to help me shed a few pounds. Although i'd trained for it i'd only ever run on flat ground therefore the Dymock half marathon was an utter shock. I was worried about two things: coming last (which i undoubtedly would) and being humiliated at the finish line for coming last. Let me say that even though i came in with the bottom 3 the support and encouragement from the volunteers was fantastic and i couldn't have asked for better organisation. Frequent water stops (about every 3 miles), plus awards, tshirts, certificates and water bottles all waiting at the finish line plus a bbq and fantastic party atmosphere. Yes, it was hilly but don't you feel so invigorated after a challenge? And what a chalenge. Would i do this face again? Yes, but only after i've lost my baby weight. In summary, well staffed, challenging face for all abilities. Thank you dymock! Date of review: May 29, 2011