In short: Better than last year, a good PB race, but ... In full: Got a PB by 2 minutes, managed a sprint finish as felt ok after - woohoo!
You can't take it away from these guys, they do put on a good race. Organisation was better this year than last, the fun run starting at the back! Water bottles were good - just enough with little waste. Goody bag was excellent, scoffed the lot!
The shuttle bus from car park-B was a joke though - instead of taking the most direct route, we ended up going aarroouunndd - could have walked quicker.
I still can't work out why oh why they don't put some toilets closer to the start - people just end up peeing in the hedge.
The mile markers were out from 4 miles onwards - I clocked 4.2.
I did say that I wouldn't run after last year, but I'm glad I did, thoroughly enjoyed it. Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Good race, nice PB course but poor enroute organisation. In full: First the good things - I got a pb by 20 minutes, result. The start was well organised, the baggage drop was well organised, there were plenty of toilets close to the start, the funelling at then end was ok and the baggage collection went smooth.
Bad things ----------- Mile markers were not obvious enough. Water station markers were too far out. No markers actually at water stations. Not enough tables/preperation at drinks stations. Drinks stations were spaced out the further on the course, when more drinks would have been needed. No showers en-route - the likes of London do, even on cloudy days! Very congested for 1st half. Poor signage for actually exiting the finishing area. Bus transport organisation exceptionally poor. A number of us were directed to and fro between 2 stops 5 times until we were told just to queue here - at a red stop, when we had a green ticket. NOBODY had a clue what was going on!
Would I run this again, yes probably. As a run, it's a great course, Yes you go passed a few dodgy areas, but so what, the majority of the route was very nice indeed.
BUT - Edinburgh needs to get its act together - there is ZERO excuse to run out of water, especially on a day like that! The organisers should be ashamed!
In short: Another good half at Sheffield, always a great Stadium finish. In full: No complaints from me. 2nd time I'v ran Sheffield and will be back next year. I missed the water station at 7 miles - too much congestion but got a pb, so really pleased.
Great t-shirt and medal. Would still prefer drinks in small bottles as drinking from cups slows you down. Date of review: April 27, 2009
In short: A no pressure run - but WINDY In full: A great race, glad to be part of something that's so worthwhile. Organisation was great, nothing to complain about - apart from some miserable OAP ramblers. Hundreds of people running and they were the only ones who refused to move to the side at let us pass. Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: Fantastic run - mildly undluating, but definate PB territory. In full: I entered Kenilworth in run up to a marathon, so was aiming for a nice steady 9m/m pacing. Despite the rain (of which there was lots!), I soon got into my stride and everything felt good. Ended up knocking 8 mins of my PB to come in at 1:49 - totally delighted :-)
Organisation, directions, course, baggage etc etc I thought was better than some larger races. The mile markers were perfectly placed - my Garmin registered exactly mile for mile.
I'd say that this is my favourite half marathon to date, and the PB put the icing on the cake. Oh, and the chocolate cake was great also - hmmm.
Thanks Kenilworth for a superb day, no complaints at all - see you next year! Date of review: October 5, 2008
In short: 4th time's a charm - pb achieved. In full: Like always, the atmosphere and organisation of the run itself was great.
CarPark B is a long way to walk, especially at the end of a long run. CarPark A is always a nightmare. An event of this size which has been running for so many years should get this sorted by now.
Still can't understand why they dont put the majority of the toilets at the start, instead of 200 yards away.
Mile marks upto 5 miles were off - mile 4 was at 4.25 miles according to my Garmin?!?!
I echo other sentiments about slower runners starting too far forward - congestion up to around 5 miles. I'm not the worlds fastest runner but was frustrated by slower runners in front, blocking the way. The Relay Race should start at the back and people who stop to walk should move to the side. Date of review: September 14, 2008