In short: Excellent on/off road race, well organized and great atmosphere In full: The Julie Rose Stadium is always a good place to host a race from, and the organization was superb. As the previous review mentioned the off road sections were muddy, especially on the second lap. I was lucky and my shoes stayed on my feet, so I must admit I enjoyed the challenge and variety of surfaces this race provided. Looking forward to next year already, thank you to all involved for a great race. Date of review: December 2, 2014
In short: Superbly Organised Multi Terrain Half Marathon (very muddy in places this year) In full: Lets me start with the positives Great on the day organisation, welcoming volunteers in the Julie Rose stadium Race clock for both Half and 10.5km races Good pre race day communications (three emails), though a further one closer to the day with a report on the state of the course could have been useful. The fuel stations of the course were superb, you rarely have such choice in local races - water, sports drink, bananas. Marshalls were friendly and helpful. Though you are running on rural roads for most of the race there is some traffic present. The medal was of high quality and you have the option of purchasing an technical event shirt for those that want to (and thus keeping the price down for those that don't). The only negative comment is concerning the muddy parts of the course which spoilt the race for me, but in part because my trail shoes kept coming off. This could be a really great race on a potentially lovely multi terrain course but it is just held at the wrong time of year when the off road sections are on ground that is too soft and cut up too easily. Consider moving it to late spring or early autumn when there is likely to be less mud and you would have a race I would come back to year after year. Overall though I enjoyed it and would recommend others experience it too.
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