Yes the dual carriageway sections are dull but that's because there are so many runners - around 15,000 - so wide roads have to be used. It's to make maximum income from charity fundraisers. A more scenic route would be great but could only accommodate a fraction of those numbers. The race was well organised and well marshalled. I was glad to have used my hydration pack, thus avoiding mad scrambles for water. There was a long stretch without water on dual carriageways and then a water stop at 12 miles so that's something to improve upon for next year hopefully.
Good medal. I'm not fussed about t-shirts but they came in 2 sizes, medium or XL, and distribution of these was very clearly marked at the finish. Compared to the rag given out after the London Marathon this year, it was really rather good.
Best way to improve and train is to join a running club of repute. Learn and train with others more experienced and qualified. I ran Hereford Half today 15.5.11 too. Got PB but do not recommend it, running alongside busy traffic was really dangerous. I would like to do Tewkesbury but if it's not promoted and not advertised then i'll find something else that is.
the event has disappeared from the listings. I ran it today, booked it through runners world, would have been nice to left feedback. Would do it again but i think the organisation beforehand and on the day itself is pretty much hit and miss.
Yes agree with previous posts. Despite being well marshalled throughout the race, the ending was chaotic. The last mile for the marathon runners was ridiculous - having to battle their way through shoppers and even running down steps!
Despite pre-race briefing, the finish for half marathon runners was equally messy and the stewards were not properly informed. All runners had to dodge shoppers, dogs and children whilst trying to work out how and when to finish. Definitely a problem to be sorted out next year - won't be returning to this race otherwise.
Many thanks to the lady driving the bus that took half marathon runners to Pembroke. Thankfully she stayed with us, giving runners access to their bags and warmth. Thanks also to the Castle staff and cafe. Otherwise there would have been a lot of cold disgruntled runners left at the roadside to wait 2 hours for the start of their race.
The course is good but very challenging - fantastic scenery.