In short: Cracking scenic race, lovely downhill at the end! In full: I didn't feel like doing this, knackered after marathon mileage building and 2 recent races. I only went because club chairman/organiser Syd Wheeler said he was short of Chepstow runners and it was flat! Well I got there and there were loads of Chepstow runners and it was not flat! The git! Anyway, so glad I ran it, the uphills weren't that noticeable, the downhill went on forever, and I PB'd on my offroad pace, so there ya go! Syd, you are forgiven just this once!
Nice to catch up with other Runners World forumites as well as seeing loads of my Chepstow club mates. I will be back! Date of review: June 21, 2007
In short: Brilliant day, but hard as nail in the weather! In full: Even though it didn't feel brilliant whilst I was running it (the heat nearly killed me!) it was a fantastic day.
The crowds really made it for me, this is my first FLM (3rd mara) and I could not believe the noise - incredible! I ran with the runners world pacer for the first 10 miles, 8 min/mile, lovely guy called Kiernan, but I couldn't hack it all the way as the heat saw me off.
I re-hashed my target, realised sub 3.30 wasn't going to happen and then targeted a PB and 3.30-something, which I got with 3.38.50 (prev PB at Abingdon was 3.41.05).
So, even though most people say this isn't a PB race, I gotta disagree. Mind you, I guess I just got lucky! Date of review: April 24, 2007
In short: Challenging undulations overall with 2 killer hills thrown in just after mile 10 In full: Nice easy start, decline down the valley. However, what didn't help was the strong headwind as we got to the bottom! And there I was hoping it would convert to a tailwind as we turned around and started the very slight incline up the valley, but no such luck, still a headwind!
In all fairness, the incline up the next valley was drawn out so not drastic and I managed it ok.
But then mile 10! Oh my god, killer or what? Got that out of the way then started a nice slight decline. Lovely, all the way to the end, I thought! No such luck, here comes another! I could have cried!
Luckily, once that was out of the way, downhill the last mile or so to the end which was very much needed!
Lovely atmosphere, spectators following the course round cheering and runners encouraging each other all the way. Smiley helpful marshalls and traffic well behaved. Wind awful, but at least it was sunny.
Oh, and to top it all, I PB'd slashing 2 mins off my Silverstone time 2 weeks ago, goodness only knows how! I wouldn't say this course is PB material, I just got lucky. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Excellent organisation and would have been perfect PB material if not for the weather In full: I was gutted to be 2-4 mins off my target, but when checking the forum, many commented on this so I didn't feel so bad.
Being a motorsport freak, this was a great one to do (I also did Brands last month). Great touch to have our Nige starting it with the F1 music. The commentary and music through the loudspeakers when going around was great, though they could have turned up the volume because I needed all the encouragement I could get. Can we please have Murray Walker doing the commentary next year? That would make it awesome! And Damon Hill to start and run it!
The marshalls and crowd were superb, many picking up on the name on my top shouting "Come on Deb, Well Done, etc" This was very much appreciated, and those poor buggers deserve a medal standing around in that weather. At least we were moving!
Organisation excellent, no queue to get my bag back and change my top which was excellent given I was wet through and wanted to change straight away. The free Adidas footscan was great as well, wanted this done for ages so thanks very much.
All being well I will be back, can we please have better weather this time?! Date of review: March 20, 2007
In short: Phew, what a race, those hills!!! In full: I've done two marathons and this was a damn sight harder than both of them. I think I can get a 1:40 on the flat, so aimed for a 1:50 today and got a 1:48 so this old bird is well happy!
The marshalls were great, shouting us on, clapping, really enthusiastic as were the little uns giving out the water. And bloomin eck, I needed all the enthusiasm I could get off them all, cos hills kill me, so thank you guys and girls.
I do hope they publish category times this year rather than just the straight results. Always like to see how I do against the other old birds.
On a final note, this race was special to me because I'm a huge World Superbikes fan, come here every year. Decided rather than walk around watching the bikes, I was going to run it! Whilst running round, I was thinking of the fond memories I have meeting Chris Walker, Frankie Chilli, the two Troys, Nori Haga etc..... What a place! Date of review: February 10, 2007
In short: Very well run for a small club race, nice bit of support at the end, though not much en route. PB guaranteed - I got one! In full: T-shirts were a bit plain though, and I would have loved a medal. Ah well, can't have it all.
Weather very kind - cloudy and a bit milder than of late which helped! Date of review: January 28, 2007
In short: Fabulous day! Stuff Cardiff, I'm coming back here again! In full: I only did this because flu prevented me doing Cardiff the week before, and I'm so glad I did! Compared with Cardiff, much better organised, friendlier, not crowded, room to run and I got a PB and good for age time, taking 16 mins off my previous! The course director kindly gave us a tour around the track the day before and he was there cheering me in at the end - what a lovely touch! This illustrated more than anything else what pride they take in running this marathon, and it ran like clockwork. Lovely start/finish on the track as well. Can't wait to come back, I was SO happy driving home! Date of review: October 23, 2006
In short: Brilliant day, blessed by excellent running weather! In full: Excellent day, and wasn't the weather kind!
The crowd were absolutely fantastic all the way around, picking up on t-shirt names and shouting out encouragement. Special thanks to the mad old gent blasting out music at the end of his drive and that mad hippy woman with the whistle following the course handing out jelly babies.
Nicely undulating course, I was worried about the hills, but there really was no need, I ran them all.
On the downside, price was very steep considering no race t-shirt, no isotonic drinks and water in cups not squeezy bottles. I got all this at Cardiff for the same price.
Anyway, aside from that, fabulous day, lovely part of the world to run in and would defo do it again! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Overall, cracking route and I did enjoy it. And wasn't the weather kind to us! Hopefully I'll be doing the full monty next year. In full: My 2nd half-thoroughly enjoyed it, and the spectators were superb, very supportive! A few things meant it wasn't up to scratch on last year: 1. Runners packs sent out a little late and no baggage tag this year. 2. Double the amount of runners in the half meant it was difficult jostling through the slower runners in the narrow park track. If more runners are taking part, maybe change the route or send us out in speed order. 3. Why weren't the medals given out on a ribbon (they were in a box). I love to stand outside wrapped in my foil wearing my medal for hubby to take a picture! No goodie bags this year.