In short: Well-organised race for PB hunters! In full: This was my first race at half-marathon distance, and it was a corker. Dorney Lake is just about perfect for running at this time of year, with the only potential downside being the wind across or along the lake. The course is mostly pancake flat, and the wide paths mean the course isn't crowded. The distance appeared to be spot on. You can get your result including 5K splits as soon as you've finished. The only negative for some PB hunters will be that the race isn't UKA-licensed, so your result won't appear on the runbritain website.
Effortlessly efficient organisation, with friendly marshals. The smoothest baggage storage and collection I've ever experienced at a race.
We got a group discount that worked out at £23 each. I'm not sure I would've wanted to pay the £34 full price. A fairly decent medal, but it doesn't have the date or location. No goodies to speak of, but given how pointless most goody bags are, that's probably a plus!
I'd definitely recommend this race. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Flat and scenic off road course In full: This was a fab flat off road course, following the Middlewood Way and returning along the Macclesfield canal. Apart from a few steps and a couple of short inclines/declines at around the 10 mile mark - it was totally flat.
Organisation was superb, and the marshals did a great job. Plenty of free parking and a smashing goody bag (including a bottle of beer, bar of chocolate and plenty of gels). Water stops were well placed and a well deserved banana at the end.
It was a little tricky underfoot, I would consider trail shoes if you have them. In places its also a little narrow so whilst it is in many ways a PB course, you could find yourself struggling to achieve it. For me it was my second best HM time ... so no complaints.
All in all a smashing run at a time of year (February) where there are not too many HM's around. I'm very likely to return next year.
Many thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: February 28, 2015
In short: Breath-taking coastal scenery. Very friendly and organised crew. Tough terrain but so worth rewarding. Loved it. In full: This was my first race (I thought I’d start with a marathon). I hadn’t trained for a month and a half due to a bad cold. I almost didn’t turn up. I was so glad that I did…
The weather was stunning but not too hot. The crew were so very friendly and informative and the course was clearly laid out (just one wrong turn for me but I’m somewhat directionally challenged, so I may have missed a sign). The support from the general public, other racers’ families and from all the other racers was amazing – it really spurred me on.
The terrain was hilly in places but when compared to other parts of the Jurassic Coast it was pretty tame. The views, on the other hand were spectacular. Such a dramatic coastline, and you get to see it all again on the reverse loop of the island.
Not a fast course but certainly memorable. I’m putting my name down for 2016.
In short: best race of the year In full: One not to miss, have run this a few times now and it keeps getting better. Wonderful route, marshals and support from the start, friendly pacers on course aswell. Early start means early finish, number pickup really worked. Tough hill but definitely PB potential if you are good enough. Date of review: February 27, 2015
In short: Great local race In full: The course is pretty boring, but that's just Winslow (sorry! I live there but the countryside is flat, scrubby and ugly!) - the race itself is ace - friendly marshals, great organisation, cheap and cheerful. I like the no-frills side of it all, it attracts some speedy runners, the HQ is awesome. Even though I hate the distance and the course, I come back every year! Date of review: February 27, 2015
In short: Pleasant 10km run In full: This was my first running of the SMaRTT smasher, and I did enjoy myself. The route was a pretty basic out & bag along the cycle network from Calne to Chippenham, on muddy but firm paths with some (frozen) puddles. It was not closed to public, so there were a few bemused dog walkers watching 250 people running up and down, but it did mean a fair sized crowd were at the finishing area to cheer on the runners. The first 500m was a bit hectic, as you are taken on a small loop in a grassed area of the park, and if you were not at the front you did get a bit bunched up, but after that there was plenty of room, even when running back against other runners when you came around the turn at 5km. The glass paperweight memento was lovely, a change to the usual medal & T-shirt combo. The town hall was used as HQ, and all runners picked up their race number from there before the race which did mean it was a bit crowded. Date of review: February 26, 2015
In short: A Good solid race, just not a couple of minor faults In full: The Brighton half is a good solid and flat race. It is mainly well organised, the only exceptions being that the starting pen flags went up very late this year (about 15 mins before the race start) which meant a fair few slower runners had put themselves too far forward with no real time to make their way back! Also, it is very crowded after the race making your way along side the Charity Village from the Baggage drop past the finish. It would be better if they could move the village onto the beach, although of course I don't know if that is an actual viable option. That said, recommended race, with great support and a nice big medal. Date of review: February 26, 2015
In short: Enjoyable! In full: My wife & I love this event, we always have a large numbers of club runners turn up for this one, nice lumpy bit to start, fast flat, little lumpy again, ending with a quick finish. Only problem no T shirt in my size at the end, very dissapointing, although according to other club runners, the t shirts were very small this year. Why change what was an excellent morning by upsetting the paying runners. Now have to wait for a t shirt to be posted out, but will probably be dissapointed by the size anyway. Will have to re-think if I want to do this event next year now, otherwise I'll end up with a cupb'd full of small t shirts? :( :( Date of review: February 26, 2015
In short: Great race, lovely route, fantastic seamless organisation, will be back for no.4 In full: Well done to all involved in putting on the event, great race organisation. Was worried about the hassle of number collection, but it was very quick and easy. Thanks TWHarriers see you next year! Date of review: February 26, 2015
In short: Enjoyable! In full: Have marshalled this event before, so thought I'd better try it. Loved it from start to finish, nice mix of hills, mud & water, great t shirt & chocolate at the finish. Keep up the good work ETL :) Date of review: February 26, 2015
In short: More off road than on. Hellish weather in the run up and during the second half made the field section comical. Despite it being fairly tough I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Date of review: February 25, 2015
In short: Would help if they could lose the off road bits but otherwise very good. In full: Would help if they could lose the off road bits but otherwise very good. Need to speak a lot louder at the prize giving as most could not hear. Small points of what is a very well organised, fast race. Date of review: February 25, 2015