In short: tougher than it looks In full: The stadium start and finish usually provides a few more smiles, and this helped the 'speedy' finish too. Shame about no baggage, given the size of the venue, but not sure about the comment earlier re "be prepared to lose it". Also the High St section is excellent, and given its one-way, you'll not get cars coming at you! The hills and undulation make it a real challenge and cars are pretty common these days. The results were out in good time and I was pleased with mine given I had run there to start with! Happy Days - well done organisers; you've pleased most of the people! Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: very nice local race for all comers In full: 2nd year of running and again well worth the trip from Essex - well organised and inclusive. Managed to find a pb for Mrs Foon which earned lots of points for me! Thanks again Winslow. Date of review: March 12, 2013
In short: given the snow - unique In full: A bit late in reporting, but also wanted to show my appreciation to the club for ensuring that the event not only went ahead, but was efficiently organised with a smile and a feeling that there was no 'weather'! To the men and women who not only ran, but ran in vest and shorts. To the men and women who lived up to their titles as the UK's best marshalls. To everyone who finished, and hobbled and leapt and cracked the ice at some point - well done. Loved it! Date of review: February 1, 2013
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