In short: A well organised race on a nice route In full: After the disappointment of the initial cancellation due to the snow+ice this race turned into quite the opposite - dry and very warm. Only thing I missed was a car park a bit closer. Walking back to Peach Street felt like another half mara.
Many thanks to all the organisers. I hope those who had problems with the heat have already made a fast and full recovery.
In short: A good race at an excellent venue In full: This was a nice family day out (weather depending). Excellent location and pretty much a perfect surface. Organisers somewhat amateurish in places (children's race, overall starting and ending of the race).
A little steep on the price - my children and I received three rounds of posting for this event (a staggering 10 envelopes). I would prefer if the posting was stremlined and the rest spent on the good work that the charity does.
In short: A well organised race with a good atmosphere amongst the runnerss In full: This is a good race on a very nice course. It has two proper hills and some smaller inclines to navigate but the downhills are sufficiently gentle to make up time. A p.b. for me so a good day out. Thanks to all the marshalls for their efforts.
There are a few tweaks that I hope the organisers will consider for next year: - chip timing - the race website should have up to date information including news items - more control of traffic: in a couple cases there were cars, runners and groups of cyclists with no marhalls around - bananas instead of oranges at the end :-)
In short: Very well organised race, picturesque route and very challenging In full: This was a really nice race to take part in. I wasn't aiming for a quick time but a steady pace. The ups and downs and the scenery made it quite memorable. The only real dampers (literally) were the two flooded sections of road.
Just a tiny request for next year - could there be more "large" t-shirts please? With no medal, that would have been my memento for the race but all were gone by the time I finished in the 500s. Date of review: November 2, 2008
In short: Nice event but not really one for a PB In full: A good race but would have been brilliant if the surface was uniform. Rocky sections meant more time was spent looking for safe footing than enjoying the scenery. I was a couple mins off my PB that I acheieved on a harder course a few weeks earlier at Whipsnade and I definitely found this one tougher.
One small adjustment might be useful would be to put different colours for the 5K and 10K race markers.
In short: Fantastic organisation and a great family day out In full: First time I've done this race and I think it was excellent for a 10K. Three laps around Whipsnade zoo past the animals and overlooking some lovely scenery was a treat. There were no dreary bits at all. The medal was very good too. Date of review: June 2, 2008
In short: Meticulously organised, really nice route In full: My first marathon and really pleased with it. Thanks to everyone involved in organising this race - marshalls and everyone at water stations in particular. Just the one hill (twice). I did feel guilty dropping water bottles and sponges everywhere. Must have been tens of thousands to clean up. More large plastic bins to aim at might help.
In short: A really good half-marathon for the more serious runners In full: Well organised - very well attended by regular distance runners. The route is very good, the scenery distracts from the three genuine hills (20-25m inclines). Really good atmosphere.
Good marshalling and signs. A no frills race with a sparse goodybag and very little local support.
In short: Well organised on an interesting route with some teething problems In full: I found this race a bit tougher than I anticipated, perhaps because I didn't read the fine-print about it being multi-terrain. But the experience was good. The atmosphere amongst the runners was good.
The water stations were an issue. A bit tough for people to be told that the 3-mile station had been nicked. There were no cups at the 9-mile when I got there either.
I'd suggest that some portable toilets at the start for next year will be a big plus.
In short: This IS the half-marathon to turn up for. In full: My first time on this race and already looking forward to running again next year. The much discussed hill at the beginning wasn't too bad - just take it easy going up. A warm thanks to the organisers, sponsors and the Handy Cross Runners for putting on this event. The chap on the PA added a pleasant touch of humour. I wonder whether I should have had that can of Red Bull...