In short: Fantastic First Half In full: This was my first half marathon, and while I know the Chippenham area I was apprehensive given it was my first event - mainly 'would I know what to do when'. But my fears were eased from moment I walked into the sports field for the pre-race briefing. We were soon on the start line ready to go :)
From the very first corner to the very last the marshalling was superb, there was no danger of being confused as to the route, the marshals were extremely encouraging at every point, and it would be virtually impossible to miss the (bottled) water station points which were extremely well manned. The whole race organisation was flawless
Add into the the Chippenham public that came out in support of all the runners, in the town centre, and in the country villages it took several miles for my smile to wear off! I'd particularly like to thank whoever it was that organised their own water table who I asked to throw the cup of water into my face as I went past in mile 13! I was pretty tired then and it really helped. The house with the Chariots of Fire theme music blaring was good too :)
The course itself if fairly flat, there is a small rise early on as you go through town, and (as an average runner) a strength sapping rise in miles 11 and 12, then its down hill! There is a lot of countryside running, which personally I quite like and the miles flew by.
So in summary, if you want a supremely well organised flat(ish) run, come to the Chippenham Half! Date of review: September 13, 2014
In short: Flat it isn't, quick it is In full: First time running this race. Perfect organisation, good crowds and an interesting course. It is not pan-flat but the hill around mile eleven is steady enough to maintain speed. I will be back for this one. Date of review: September 13, 2014