In short: I have known it wetter - but not much In full: We're missing a rating for "your performance" - I think I'd have to give myself a 1 or 2, sadly.
I see someone mentioned getting the chips off - at other races they have a line of volunteers sitting down with upturned buckets in front of them to do the job. I found it a bit of a struggle and my friend was paralysed with cramp when he bent down, so a bit more organised help there would be nice. Date of review: March 8, 2012
In short: All a bit average In full: The extra time getting to and from the parking marks it down even if you don't get lost. I agree with the comment about the short section on a fast and busy road - it's just not safe. The countryside is nice enough but hardly spectacular (but I'm spoilt where I live). It's probably my fault but I didn't even find the cagoule handout. And they gave my baggage to someone else (who dropped it outside and I spotted it by chance). So a bit average really. Date of review: December 31, 2011
In short: You know why there's so much traffic ... In full: I live in Berko and run on these routes all the time. On your average Sunday I see half a dozen cars once off the A4251. So why so busy last weekend - yes that's right, it's all those lovely supporters driving round to get an extra glimpse of mummy or daddy on their special day. And then crawling past the other runners to get home once the magic moment is past. Maybe those runners could promise to just order a photograph next time and save the rest of us from the carbon monoxide. Because it risks spoiling a great race. Date of review: March 8, 2011
In short: Lovely with a bit of sunshine In full: And I shaved 1 min 40 off my target time and ran my best time in 10 years so very happy.
As usual I carried my own drink - maybe for the price they could improve on the floppy little cup with freezing water? Leave out the useless little shiny trinket on a ribbon instead? I'm not sure they would even have to pay for energy drinks if they can find a manufacturer who wants to promote their product. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Great having the Colliseum to get warm in - before and after In full: Really good idea having the massage team there. My friend literally could not walk for cramp (that was him howling in pain) - and they completely sorted him out in 20 minutes, while I had a nice cup of tea. Date of review: February 8, 2010
In short: Looking forward to doing it in sunshine next year In full: Well done to the marshals who stayed cheery in awful conditions. That was SO wet. Half the skin on my toes has fallen off. Maybe the council could be persuaded to sort out the road drainage a bit in a couple of places? If you were there, you know where I mean. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Half marathon - lovely route In full: For next year - people should print off (or be given) the map ... easier to follow than instructions, especially when your brain's stopped working. I was glad I did, and so were a dozen others. It's not the hills that get you (there's just the one at the start) but the rough terrain, especially that darned ploughed field. Aren't farmers supposed to flatten a public footpath after ploughing? Date of review: September 15, 2009
In short: Nice varied scenery and terrain In full: I don't really want yet another medal or T shirt - maybe they could divert the cost and effort into speeding up the collection of numbers, and giving us a whole apple / banana / orange at the end. 15 minute delay doesn't seem too awful. Date of review: May 5, 2009