In short: Well organised on an interesting route with some teething problems In full: I found this race a bit tougher than I anticipated, perhaps because I didn't read the fine-print about it being multi-terrain. But the experience was good. The atmosphere amongst the runners was good.
The water stations were an issue. A bit tough for people to be told that the 3-mile station had been nicked. There were no cups at the 9-mile when I got there either.
I'd suggest that some portable toilets at the start for next year will be a big plus.
In short: This IS the half-marathon to turn up for. In full: My first time on this race and already looking forward to running again next year. The much discussed hill at the beginning wasn't too bad - just take it easy going up. A warm thanks to the organisers, sponsors and the Handy Cross Runners for putting on this event. The chap on the PA added a pleasant touch of humour. I wonder whether I should have had that can of Red Bull...
In short: Well organised race. Excellent family atmosphere In full: We enjoyed this event as a family with the youngest two doing the mini-race. My 12 year old ran the 3k with me. Yes, I was probably the only one daft enough to do both races...
I would suggest that on a warm day like today, one or two extra water stations would help some of the runners who didn't have their own supplies.
The steep start for the first 1K probably knocks off 30secs off ones time overall but does make for a thrilling sprint downhill to finish off.
In short: Excellent scenic route, a little damp In full: This was my first half-marathon on a lovely route. Despite the rain and a sad lack of a waterproof top, I posted a slightly better than expected time. The two real hills were quite something but at least it meant there was much more downhill after then 7 mile mark. I picked this over the Reading half-mara as it was a smaller field with more serious club runners. I was not disappointed. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: An excellent well organised race - highly recommended In full: The O2O organisers really do a good job here. Probably not the course to achieve a PB but the multi-terrain makes it a very pleasant and interesting run instead. Date of review: September 5, 2006