In short: A challenge physically and being a circuit with off road, if wet, could be very tough. In full: A very respectable 1st event for Ashford and I am chuffed I did it. Despite recovering from and injury, I was most happy to come in just under 2hrs given that the course was part off-road and with a couple of testing hills.
I did love the start / finish on track, as it lended itself to a real race atmosphere, with supporters and timing clocks.
I do enjoy off road and was happy with the mix here. I imagine it would have been carnage if it had been raining.
The marshals were plentiful and happy in their role. The route was generally light in traffic. The water / refreshment stations were well stocked will all sorts of goodies.
The goodie bag was perhaps a light, but the medal was quality. Parking more than adequate, bag storage was very secure. Facilities champion. Staff top draw.
My only niggle was the bottle-neck at the narrow bridge and it being slippy. I did witness a woman falling over there and she did appear shocked but thankfully not injured. I appreciate that this route is perhaps a club runners 10k which has been made official for the events and apart from getting some sort of temporary bridge structure in place for next year (perhaps approach the local TA / cadets to provide something and help marshal), I can think of no other solution.
Overall - A quality event that I am sure will grow in popularity. Date of review: December 4, 2013
In short: Great day out but course route slightly spoilt In full: First time at an inaugural event so I don't know how others match up but the on-the-day arrangements were first class. A bit disappointed with the pre-event comms - particularly about entry (I wanted to swop in from a friend who dropped out). Although 500 signed up, less than 400 ran.
I enjoyed 90% of the course (marshalls were excellent). The 10% was very poor. Three aspects - starting off on track and then straight on to a boggy, slippery field and then onto a ploughed field meant I picked up a slight calf strain - then all 50 runners went over a single width bridge (all in about the first 2k) - doing 2 laps sounded fine but to have to repeat the above (over the bridge four times, stopping on every occasion)
I think we were lucky that the muddy part was relatively dry.
But, it was a great day out and I will sign up for next year. Date of review: December 3, 2013
In short: Absolute credit to the organisers In full: As a Triathlete, my first welcome into a run specific race, this half marathon event was extremely well organised, very friendly, the marshalls were spot on and full of encouragement. Wish there was one a month, would do them all!!!! Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Great new Half with several unique features In full: Great new race that was deservedly a sell-out. Mix of mildly undulating country lanes with off-road sections that were fairly firm yesterday but could be very interesting during heavy rain !
Start and finish in the stadium was superb and the finishing clock with runners names as we finished was going the "extra mile". Facilities and parking were also as good as it gets.
10K option for beginners and a great atmosphere.
Only one area that could be improved was the narrow bridge. On the 2nd lap there was a delay while other runners completed their 1st lap, but that is a very minor niggle and overall it's a great addition to the calendar. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: A great mildly challenging course with a mix of scenery. In full: Loved the stadium start and finish. The lap round the lake and over the farmers field was tough due to the mud, but the time could be made back up once on the tarmac. It was motivating to see my family supporting me when lapping the stadium. Well marshalled and very enjoyable route. I will be back! Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Nice 2 lapper, good mix of surfaces, well marshalled In full: Well done Brett Ashford, was a good run. I personally like the 2 lap course, meant I could guage my efforts to get to the 17K mark and then cruise in downhill - an excellent finish.
Good Venue, no problems with loos or showers at the end, liked the drinks and jaffas at the finish.
My only moan might be that in the prize categories, supervet as over 45 means I have no-one to race, because there's no way I can compete with a 45 year old. Us supersupervets (over60)enjoy our own little races, and it would be nice to get our own trophy as some other races do, (the A20 Half springs to mind). Plus you might get a few more of us entering!
But overall, good race, enjoyed it, Ta Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: No mile markers or half marathon markers In full: The 10k race was marked but there were no markers for the half marathon. Extra charges were made if you didn't have you ea membership card - first time I have ever been asked to show it. Finally there was a bit of a dodgy passing point on the bridge. Very slippy and difficult when runners coming in different directions. Date of review: December 1, 2013