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
In short: Great fun run around the countryside! In full: A fun atmosphere was set from the start when the starting pistol was replaced by a cannon. Whoost bang and we were off running, I must admit a little faster than I should have a couple of hills around 10m put pay to my quick start. A welcome finish at the cricket club helped me get home. A certificate, a medal and a bottle of sports drink what more can you ask for the low price. Roll on next year! Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Lovely scenery, but beware the hills In full: I was sure what to expect from "undulating" and now I know it means that if you have done mainly flat races before, it'll make your legs catch fire and your lungs explode! That said it was a good challenge and great organisation.
If there were tshirts, I would have liked on, I did hang around for nearly an hour. Date of review: May 31, 2010