In full: Lovely country route. Slick organisation. Excellent xempro pacers. Just about theperfect half marathon. Even mile markers were absolutely spot on. People comment about cost but this is a fully closed road race that also takes over part of a leisure centre. It isn't going to be cheap. Date of review: March 16, 2015
In short: Superb organisation, great course and lovely atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed this event. It was great to run on local roads that were closed to traffic. Queues for bag drops were my only complaint Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: Good organisation, nice route. In full: Bag drop was fine early on (when I needed it) but the queues got pretty big nearer the start time (though no worse than The Great South Run). Apart from that everything went off smoothly. Date of review: March 12, 2015
In short: Smashing! In full: I live nearby so run parts of the route regularly, and it was great to run it with thousands of others. This was the first time I didn't have to queue for a urinal! There were hundreds! On the flip side, the queue for Bag Drop was terrible. I ended up leaving my bag with a friend. I will be doing it again, mostly because I smashed my PB! Pretty flat, and lots of supportive crowds. Date of review: March 11, 2015
In short: Great Sunday morning countryside run with 3000 others In full: Second year of this event - and my second year running. Almost a different race: the rough edges on the start were worked out. The route felt much more rural than last year, but was better overall. As others have said, more support would be great, but there were 4ish bands en-route that did add to the atmosphere. If my legs didn't ache so much still from a PB, I would be signing up for next year! Date of review: March 11, 2015
In short: Well organised, fast course, decent goodies In full: Really well organised - lots of stalls, goodies and refreshments. Picked up a free gel before the race which was nice. The bag drop had a pretty long queue, but I had left it quite late - about 40 minutes before the start. The starting area was well segregated meaning no delays for the faster guys.
Course was mostly flat with a few small ups and downs and being closed-roads you can take any line you want, so definitely a pb course. Support was not massive, but those that turned up were enthusiastic and the bands en-route were a nice touch. The commentator was great as well, announcing runners crossing the line.
Banana, water and a Bounce protein ball after race goodies were very welcome. Decent medal also.
Overall, not the cheapest, but a very well organised pb race. Date of review: March 10, 2015