In short: Poor Organisation and shame about the atrocious weather In full: Firstly, can I say that the weather was truly atrocious - definitely a day for staying indoors. I was impressed by the number of people who were out supporting us runners on such a foul day.
Also, thanks for all the marshalls and helpers who gave up their time on such a terrible day.
The 2009 race was my first half marathon and I thought it was well organised. Unfortunately the organisation was shoddy this year.
Queues for the loos were massive and I only just found the baggage area (no signposts)in time for the start of the race.
There were a few bottlenecks on the course and it was made more awkward by pedestrians being in the way. I wonder what had happened to the mile markers as I didn't see many en route.
The worst point was definitely the finishing area. It was almost impossible move forward due to the congestion caused by the chip removers and the narrow width of the area.
I couldn't find a silver cape for love nor money. Turned out they were at the far end of the finishing area. By the ime I finally got a cape I was frozen to the core.
I then had to fight my way back to the baggage area which was a nightmare as there were so many finishers and spectators in the way. The route to the baggage area should have been exclusively for runners. It was a free for all to get your bag back as there were no marshalls supervising the area.
In short: Fast course - quite windy but at least the rain held off. In full: The course definitely has a PB potential. I beat mine by over 7 minutes (first time ever under 1 hour)! It was a bit breezy in one direction but at least the wind was at your back on the home strait. Date of review: November 15, 2009
In short: Wild, wet, windy, muddy, but fun (in a mad sort of way) In full: I have never run in such atrocious weather but despite this still enjoyed the event! The organisation was not to be faulted. Support around the course was very good. Much hillier than expected. Course info states 1 hill but I counted 3 and that's not including the fair few uphill inclines during the course. It will take the village green a long time to recover from yesterday as it was truned into a sea of mud. Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: seafront hike In full: This was my fist ever 1/2 marathon and I really enjoyed it, even though my time was a bit slower than expected.
I was a bit disappointed to get to the end to find I had to make do with a LARGE tent-size t-shirt. I would much rather have received a medal to remind me of the race. I really liked the fabric goody bag though...
Some of the people watching did not quite know what to make of the event and seemed to be there due to being in the right place at the right time.
The seafront is a regular training spot for me so I found that part seemed to last forever. I quite like the hill from the pier up to Dukes Mound (mad I know!) but struggled with the hill up the cycle path to the cliff above the Marina.
No doubt I will sign up next year as it's very convenient for me. Plus there's a good pub to go for Sunday lunch not too far from the finish! Date of review: February 22, 2009
In short: My first ever race - enjoyed it and great weather In full: A flat course along the seafront on a gorgeously sunny morning. There was a drink station just over half way. The locals/tourists on the sea front seemed a bit bemused by it all! Myself and a friend enjoyed it enough to want to find another run (maybe upto 10km next time!) Date of review: October 15, 2007