In short: Disappointing In full: I have left my views for a week to see how I feel after reflection; still disappointed with a number of factors FatFeet could control, eager for another challenge, but most of all - warm.
Parking over one mile away was known, but for the toilets to be locked on arrival and then no facilities at the start was awful - seeing men and women alike peeing in the trees was surely avoidable.
The race itself was made tougher by the rain and consequent wet feet, mud between the toes, frozen fingers and chafing for the first time - how sore is that!
I over cooked it and finished a good 20 minutes from a reasonable estimate, but no moans about the course - it is challenging and needs to be marketed as such; it should attract more runners that way.
The finish came and I dreamt of achievment, a shuttle back to the car park, change in warm clothes and pick up partners warm clothes and shuttle back - I had an hour to do this.
BUT - a small tent, small bag with soon to be soggy card and a vest (which I like) but no medal - come on! just about everyone loves a medal. It lures the first timer back and it is tangible proof of your mental toughness.
Trudged up the hill but the bus had gone; it took half an hour to come back and I stood with others in the rain, shivering and shaking - a kind chap opened a foil blanket I had thrown in at the last minute. It helped a bit :-(
Partners arrival got close so I let the bus go and hid in the baby changing unit with another chap until she arrived! She was colder than me poor thing, and shook like Mrs Overall, but luckily bus was there and we returned to Sykes Lane - no one on the bus spoke, the rustle of the blankets was loudest and we were thoroughly fed up.
£35 is a lot for little in return which invariably means we won't go back. Date of review: November 9, 2012
In short: always tough with the conditions, but a 'must do' race for everyone In full: So pleased we made the effort from Colchester to participate in an excellent 1/2 marathon - a great town, welcoming and tourist free! The wind against added a virtual half mile I reckon, but it didn't reduce the pleasure of running with a Campbeltown runner who saw me home in 20th place - whilst we don't run for the goodie bag, the fact that this is right at the top of the goodie bag league table means, together with the unique medal, the smile lasts longer than ever. Would always come back. Big thanks to the organisers, supporters and the town at the end of the Long and Winding Road. Date of review: June 9, 2012
In short: Nice race with a big finish In full: The scope for this becoming a bigger race is limited due to no road closures - this can only add to costs though! The course was really nice and in parts has pb potential - the closing km's though, with the moderate climbs, may put the mockers on this. Loved the stadium style finish - it's now my 'local' race :-) Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Lovely race - can't wait for next year In full: Huge well done to the race organisers who did a great job under challenging conditions. There are bound to be a few teething troubles with a brand new race and the atrocious conditions on the day must have meant plenty of last minute stress for all concerned. They should be applauded for the great job they did. The people of Milton Keynes should also be applauded for turning out in such numbers and making so much noise in the terrible conditions, they made me smile! Well done Milton Keynes. Date of review: May 4, 2012
In short: Early start means little support, but also fewer cars! In full: A lot of 'wants' from newer runners, but as races go this ticked far more boxes than most - if you can attack the first half of the race - the one mile downhill followed by a tough climb, the High St and then a gradual one mile uphill - all good fun. It is my local race and we are lucky to have the football stadium to start and finish - got my pb here and was chuffed to bits! Get a date on the medal though! Date of review: March 16, 2012
In short: A very very nice local race that is managed extremely well In full: First time here, but definitely be here again. Great organisation from some super friendly people who want nothing more than a fun and yet professional event. The weather helped no end - the course was good too, and enough of a challenge to make sure you tried hard, burned calories and if you were good enough earn a pb - which I did! thanks Winslow! Date of review: March 2, 2012
In short: A good race to assess your progress In full: A lot of moaning about the race, but it is what it is, a race - you challenge yourself against others. Push hard against the hills and catch up on the way down. Get there in good time and you either get a parking space or you park and walk. Simple. Make your own goodie bag up if you want a "well done" and smile - it helps! I had water, a medal, back slapping and a pb - I then drove 100 miles and went to work in the afternoon, and still felt happy. What does perspective mean? Date of review: February 4, 2012
In short: challenging, but you have to do it to understand its individual beauty In full: A relatively small race with mostly club runners, but still immensely friendly. There are hills of course, but mostly gradual climbs and some do go on for a while, but the feeling at the highest point when the marshall says "it's all downhill from here" - then you turn the corner and see Portree in the distance, far below, aand everything is ok again! Loved it and so pleased with my time at 1:32. Date of review: June 17, 2011
In short: Pace yourself and there is a PB available, just don't get carried away along the sea front In full: This review os for the 2011 race. It was a lovely, warm day by the seaside; a lot of twists and turns, needing a lot of mmarshall support. Plenty of these and water stations too. The 3 miles on the prom, by the beach were lovely, but the last 2 miles on a gradual incline hurt, thus depriving many of a PB. A local event for local people, with a 2-mile fun run and 5-mile challenge too. But hot, damn hot! Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: A race of two halves In full: Yes, its a double loop, but the out-section was tough and hilly and on a fairly busy road. The in-section contrasts perfectly with it being fairly flat, but scenic and since it's where I used to live, gave some happy memories. Date of review: April 12, 2011