In short: A Fantastic Trail Race In full: Walked the hills, raced the descents and enjoyed everything about this half-marathon. Had booked into the marathon, but didn't do enough training, so instead of winging the 26-miler transferred over to the half (and got the t-shirt) and enjoyed the distance. Marshalling was good and the mistake/slip up at the bbeginning meant we were in the lead for a short while, only to be overtaken by the eventual leaders. It's nice to run with these athletes once in a while. Suggestion for next year: Run the last 13 miles of this years marathon as the half-marathon next year so us back of packers who aren't as hard as nails get to see what the marathoners did this year!! Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Unlike last year... there was MUD... In full: ...which was nice! Race no.3 of 7 of the ELVIS series, nicely organised and excellent course, around lake and up Newman Hill... twice. Date of review: July 21, 2011
In short: Wow... A PB with those hills... In full: If it weren't for that blinkin' horse I've been faster... That's my excuse. Still a PB is a PB even if it's just by 2 seconds!! A little hilly, with superb country lane running in between the M1 and M10; who'd've thought that little wedge of green would be so lovely. A friendly, chatty crowd, cheap as chips race with an engraved medal and excellent cakes and refreshments... Thank you St Albans for making us feel very welcome. Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: A PB with THAT Hill??? You bet!!! In full: Second time after last years brilliant stormy version. Lovely weather this year and didn't realise there were downs as well as ups so made the best use of them!! Well done organisers and marshalls, back next year!! Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Blimey, that was tough!!! In full: A challenging course with excellent support from spectators and marshalls plus first class facilities in the college. Nice slate coaster memento. Date of review: February 14, 2011
In short: Knack'd out on the Knacker Cracker In full: A brilliant race. So different ot last years frosty but solid course - this year wet, muddy and slippy. As has been said before - The Best Race Finish Ever. Excellent value for money: t-shirt, mug, medal, cheese roll, carrot, soup, raffle - everyone seemed to "win"!! See you next year! Date of review: January 4, 2011
In short: Brilliant!! In full: Couldn't fault it. Everything top notch - organisation, buses up to start, course (tough, but it is the Highlands!), atmosphere, fellow competitors, support, goodies. And Inverness is great.
See you next year. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Thanks Bristol! In full: A great race. And we beat the chicken! He overtook us at 6 miles and my wife said "Give me an energy gel, I'm not being overtaken by a chicken". We caught up with him just before the finish line. But well done that man. And the Miltary boys with the back packs.
Course was nice, different aspects of Bristol were shown and I had a good look around.
Didn't lose my chip - tied it to laces after I noticed paper had dissolved in rain in start pen! Will use twist-ties in future. Nice shiny medal, good t-shirt, goodie bag OK. At least it has something in it, unlike Royal Parks! And you could be sneaky and get lots of lucozade stuff. Including lip balm. Technical t-shirts were for sale, but it's be nicer to get one in the pack.
We saved money by entering on 1st day.
See you again Brizzle! Date of review: September 6, 2010
In short: Got a PB... In full: So well please. Nice race. With a couple of inclines/hills. Water station very well positioned. And run downhill was superb. Marshalls were excellent especially controlling traffic (one road was missing a marshall and it could've done with one... going up the hill!). Date of review: August 9, 2010