I ran the Half this year and have also registered for next years. There will be a few changes to the route next year, especially the start and finish areas, and they are taking out the pinch point at the Marina. All these changes, plus a map of the new course are on the SH web.
The course this year was fairly flat, except for Itchen Bridge and Burgess Hill. There were pacers but they were difficult to spot as the start was very crowded, and if one didn't get there early, meant starting near the back and taking the first couple of miles to get going. This shouldn't be a problem next year with the new start. Also the finish was poor as it entailed a sharp right hand turn to the finish line. This won't be a problem next year.
I'm afraid the above won't be of much use to you, due to the improvements for next year. I did enjoy the race though, and the race village was vibrant and if you arrived early, there was no queue for the t shirts. These were really good. Another moan though was the long queue to collect baggage after the race, but this is to be expected for any race with thousands of runners.
Hope you enjoy the race, it's got a great atmosphere will plenty of support around the course! I'm sure you will run sub 2hrs 30 mins as this years course was quick and next years will be quicker without the problems I've mentioned above. I ran it in 1hr 48 mins despite starting near the back, and I'm 69.
Ran 6 miles in the forest this morning in my new Salomons. They were really good and gave me no blisters. My calf was also trouble free, so hopefully is now cured.
WtnMel, I once saw the Bonzo's at Surrey University and I thought they were a comedy act. All they seemed to do was mess about! Probably one of the best known commercial pieces of modern jazz is "Take 5" by the pianist Dave Brubeck which was written by his alto sax player Paul Desmond. Another well know piece is" Blue Rondo a la Turk."
BIW, yes indeed and I'm also a heavy metal fan with a large collection of CD's and a few LP's that I did not dispose of. I've probably mentioned it before, but I was at school with Eric Clapton and Chris Dreja who were both in the Yardbirds. Other favourites from the early days are The Byrds and The Doors. I once saw the Byrds at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm.
It's bright and sunny this morning and I'm looking forward to a forest run in my new Salomon Speedcross 3 shoes
Red, Hope all goes well with your land sale. When I was a teenager I was mad about Modern Jazz and regularly went to the Thames Hotel at Hampton Court, and the Palm Court Hotel at Richmond. I was also into Rhythm and Blues and saw the Rollin' Stones when they were a blues band with Brian Jones. This was before they were famous, and nobody expected them to last very long. How wrong can one be? The Yardbirds were also an influential blues band and their line up included Eric "slowhand" Clapton in their early days.
I bought a pair of Salomon Speed Cross 3 this morning at Sweatshop in Southampton and look forward to "christening them" in the forest tomorrow.