In short: Good course, bit twisty in places but fairly flat. In full: I enjoyed this race. The course did have a lot of twists and turns but other than that it was fairly flat. There were some nice parts like the lake. The marshalls did a great job (and the nature of the course meant there needed to be lots of them). I got lucky with the parking. I parked in the car park right next to the start and got away very easily at the finish. The size of the race (about 2500) seems about right, it was much easier to get running than in some of the large half marathons.
In short: I nice easy run for first timers In full: My only complaint is the baggage storage which needs reviewing for next year. I was expecting gun to finish timing not start to finish so not sure what all the fuss is about - the field was not big enough to make a great deal of difference anyway - and given it is a March race I expect for most this would be a London training race. Support was a bit sparse except for at the mini-bowl in Willen Lake and at the end but this was expected given the route. Again, not sure what the fuss is with the water stops I didn't have any problems. I liked the medal as well. Parking was excellent. Will I do it again? Probably as a first long distance race for the year. Date of review: June 12, 2007
In short: A good fun half, but still not perfect organisation In full: Once again, the MK Half seems to have great potential but lack the refinement to make it perfect. On the plus side - great weather, plenty of drinks stations, good atmosphere, relatively flat. On the negative side - chip-to-chip timing did not work, collection of number on the day was a disaster. Date of review: March 19, 2007
In short: Average race, could be better. In full: Apart from the chip timing and baggage storage issues which have already been highlighted, the race was pretty well organised and the marshals were great. Must admit though once you've seen one underpass you've seen them all! Date of review: March 19, 2007
In short: Not the best, but not the worst. Too many little annoying hills and corners for me. Marshalling generally good although a bit sparse in places. Nice shiny medal Date of review: March 19, 2007
In short: Second time and as good as the first. In full: Thanks to all the comments below re: chip timing, I can now say with confidence say I ran my first half Marathon in fancy dress (a giant Luco Sport bottle) in 2 hours 4 mins - just as my watch suggested - when I had looked at the results online and saw my time was almost 2 hours 6, I assumed I had somehow messed up my timing. Unfortunate that because of the chip timing problem the race got so much bad press - I think it is a great race.
Really enjoyed the race and given the (relatively) small field and small crowds, the support I got as a bottle was epic. Date of review: March 18, 2007
In short: I loved the course. No hills, just a few underpasses. In full: Marshals were missing in a couple of places, could have gone wrong if you couldn't see the runner in front. Weather was warm & windy but I loved the course. Almost entirely traffic free & had no problems with the few roads we did cross. & these were all close to junctions so traffic was slow anyway. Don't know why so many people need a baggage area. If they come in cars, just tie your key to your shorts. 3 out of 4 of us got PB's. I was the only one not to but that's my fault not the race's. Date of review: March 18, 2007
In short: Ummm....... In full: Overall I enjoyed this race.
Organisation at the beginning was poor. The queue for on-the-day entry was HUGE – not a problem for me as I’d entered before hand, but it did make finding the (indoor) toilets & bag storage difficult.
On the subject of bag storage – none of the ‘officials’ we asked knew where it was. On finding the ‘room’ all we could see were people wondering about asking if there was bag storage & being surprised that it was unattended. If there had have been a lady sitting in there (which I don’t necessarily believe there was - sorry) would it not have made more sense for her to be sitting back from the door & reassuring people that the area was supervised (I ended up running with my car key, mobile phone & £20 note in my bum-bag). A person sitting in the corner of a room does not equal 'secure bag storage'. I'd be really impressed if she was able to remember every person who put a bag in & note any strangers rumaging in it later!!!!!!!!
The finish was also a bit hectic. Would have made more sense to funnel people away from the finish & then remove chips etc. Too many people in a small area.
But saying all the above, I’m now prepared for most eventualities at races so wasn’t too bothered by the problems. If it had been my first race I probably would have been stressed & panicked.