In short: Great 15 miler...hats off to all those who did the marathon...maybe next year? In full: Longest race yet, so a PB guaranteed; was aiming for around 2 hours and got 1:58:20 (my stop watch timing). The route has some great scenery and some real challenges; the hill at the back of Kingston springs to mind. The organisation is smooth and low key; everything works as it should and does so without causing a fuss. Being a local and having run sections of the course in training, directions out on the route are a little hard to comment on. Suffice to say that at one point I did have to call out to runner who had gone off in the wrong direction; at the bottom of the next hill she promptly overtook me and I never quite caught her up again...there's gatitude for you! :-) Date of review: July 24, 2006
In short: Terrible weather, great organisation and support - well done to all those taking part and organising. In full: This was my first 10k and like my first 1/2 marathon (the Beacon in Feb) the weather was awful; strong wind and intermitent heavy rain.
However, the organisation from pre-race info, through parking, onto the race itself, including the finish, was fautless.
I will be back again next year hoping the weather improves and that I can do better than the sub 43 mins I did this time out.
In short: My first 1/2 off road and it was glorious! In full: Thanks to all those involved in organising this event and for making my first time over 13.1 miles off road so enjoyable. Loved the down hills and the ups weren't as bad as I was expecting; then again I was expecting the worst. I would have liked a clock at the finish line (yes I kow I should have worn a decent watch but I didn't...doh), but apart from that I couldn't fault the day. Will I be back? Certainly, although maybe next year I'll do the whole 26.2...gulp! Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: Great race, great crowd and great weather...will be back next year. In full: It was very cold waiting for the start but once we got going I soon warmed up. There are lots of hills but none are too steep and the crowds on the route really give you a lift. This was only my second ever race (my first one was the wet and windy Beacon half marathon) and I managed to cut a nice slice of my previous time getting in just under 1.45. Thanks to all involved; I'm still grinning as I write this. Date of review: March 13, 2006