In full: I didn't enter this for the scenary, as I'm sure most people didn't. The reason to enter this race is for it's PB potential. Definate potential on that front. 2nd lap is a bit tough mentally as support is pretty much limited to the finish area. Had a local band playing which was a nice touch.
Would pay an extra 50p on the entry to avoid having to pick my number on the day. An unneccesary inconvenience. 3rd km marker in completely the wrong place and I missed the first two markers so my pacing was shot as I got no update until 4th km. Date of review: April 14, 2009
In short: Great new course In full: The new course is excellent. The hill is at the start of the race when you're fresh then you get the downhill later when you need it. Weather helped as only a slight breeze which was behind you along the riverfront. Perhaps another (more windy) year with the wind in the opposite direction and that last 4 miles could really hurt.
Went wrong at the start due to a marshall, but not the orgnisers fault. Marshalls on bikes for front-runners who were on their own, excellent touch.
I always enjoy this race, I hope the course stays the same next year. Date of review: March 29, 2009
In short: Cracking organisation In full: Okay, my score for scenary is based on the fact that if you like motorsport, running around Silverstone is quite fun.
Great support at the start/finish & 9 mile mark (which is by the start/finish) but the rest of the course is quite quiet.
No inclines of any great gradient, but much of the course is gently undulating. It didn't seem to take a toll on my legs though so I think the course has got great PB potential. Unfortunately I was not in the best shape for this so was off my own target. Date of review: March 16, 2009
In short: Quick time soured by rumours In full: I normally ignore Garmin users who claim a course is short, but I can't help thinking this is. I've mapped the run on mapmyrun.com and the turn is in a different place to where we actually turned. It backs up the Garmin users. Given the high proportion of big PBs, it seems the organisers have made a right royal c*ck up here, which is very disappointing.
If the course was the right distance it would still have excellent PB potential and I would still have broken my own best.
A bit of hypocricy from the organisers - no water station at 5k is in breach of UKA rules. Two runners DQ'd for wearing iPods, which despite the organisers claims, is not prohibited by UKA. However, I do agree with the no-iPod rule and the lack of water in February isn't a major issue.
The village laps were good - the last 2k felt much easier than the normal struggle at the end of a race.
Will run it again and hope that it get's officially measured again to either dispell the rumours, or correctly place the turn point. Date of review: February 23, 2009
In short: Manic Start In full: Too many slower runners at the front which resulted in a number of people being tripped up. Thought it was disgraceful the way some slower runners barged their way to the front when they clearly shouldn't have been there.
Aside from that, the course is okay, although not as quick as I had thought it was going to be. Wind made it tougher in a few places. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Great Half In full: Weather conditions made the walk across the field from car park to start very muddy. But race started on time and was very well marshalled with 4 water stations. Have run summer races with less water. Sponges maybe a bit over the top but that can't be a negative.
Challenging course but some nice scenic bits. Friendly local support dotted around. Date of review: November 24, 2008
In short: Keeps getting better In full: Excellent race as usual. Everything went smoothly and had a text message with gun & chip time & position immediately after finish. Well done, keep up the good work Stroud. Date of review: October 26, 2008