In short: Good for a PB, but chilly was the right word In full: At least the weather wasnâ€™t as bad as the forecast had suggested it might be. It was decidedly cold- and I didnâ€™t enjoy squelching through the mud up and down a grass bank on the walk to the start- but there are distinct advantages to racing on a circuit. No distractions, no traffic, just you and the person in front.
I wasnâ€™t too worried about the lack of scenery. The thing about 10k is that there isnâ€™t really time to be bored. Doing three circuits was fine- by the second time round I knew where the tough spots would be (the wind in the last part of the lap was hard going, especially as it coincided with the only real incline).
The organisation was faultless, I got a PB, what more can I say?
In short: perfect for this beginner! In full: My first half marathon, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a man, I had no problems with the loos- nipped in and out of the urinal in seconds...
I thought the organisation was great, marshalls supportive all the way round, as were the enthusiastic crowds. I didn't mind the inclines- gently undulating would be a good description of this course- but wasn't too keen on the wind and unscheduled rain.
Finished in a respectable 1:55:50 and can't wait to do it again... Date of review: October 25, 2009