In short: Tough but rewarding day. In full: My first Humber Half, did the old Hull to Grimsby Marathon over the bridge many times, so good to relive that experience. Quite a buzz running over the bridge, lots of crowd support ever where. Great running through Barton and even support on some of the more out of the way sections. It was a day for pacing it right, suffered a bit coming back over the bridge but dipped inside 1.36 so not a bad day!
The drinks station were well staffed but as has been said a few millimetres of water in a cup is not enough, I couldn't drink enough en route. It would have been easier and more beneficial to just hand the bottles to the runners rather than pour some into a cup. A pat on the back for all the emergency crews, they had their work cut out on the day.
Very well organised, all went smooth, will be back next year! Date of review: June 27, 2011
In short: Expensive race for a cheap T shirt In full: Well organised, no major problems although water etc a bit of a free for all at the end. I finished top 100 so no hassle for me. The water and T shirt areas need moving further away. We do need warning about the long walk from the overspill car park though, for late comers could be a problem. I do think the prize list needs increasing, they stopped at M60+ and F50+, there are a lot of older good runners out there who should be catered for. 36 runners from my club Wolds Vets, any club beat that! Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: Good organisation, traffic congestion. In full: The 10K event Officer stated on local TV that they would push for 7000+ next year, it is too much for the area. Many people got dropped off on the approach to the Lincoln bypass due to the massive tail back on the A15. We eventually turned right on to the bypass and managed to park in Long Leys Road at 10.30, a bit of a rush! The organisation went well for me, finished well within the top 10% so baggage area etc was still quiet. Good crowd support throughout. Very poor good bag, lots of bits of paper, a medal and a bottle of water. Not sure if I would enter again, bit pricey and just too much hassle to get there, even from Grimsby. Too much waiting around at the start, pointless warming up and then standing for ages, luckily it was warm! Date of review: April 4, 2011
In short: Good club race, no rip off entry fee! In full: Done this twice before in 1991 and 1997, so knew roughly what to expect. Well organised, quiet roads, testing but enjoyable course. Sat Nav took me straight to the venue, but could do with signs to start, finish etc.. Will be back for more next year! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: PB potential, expensive race. In full: 290 mile round trip for me, always fancied doing this race since I started in 1981! I have organised many races over the last 25 years, so I am aware of what is involved, kudos to the organisers, all smooth, from the car parking to T shirt collection. Quick results too.
Managed to start near the front, so no issue there, for those further back, perhaps a problem to see the actual start line.
I do think it is overpriced though, I would expect bottled water at the finish nowadays and perhaps chip timing. Decent prize list, my wife picked up £30 of vouchers for 1st F60, very welcome, many races do not do vets prizes in that depth. A lot of comments on Garmins on forums etc. please do not expect your Garmns to be 100% accurate, I have measured courses for 20+ years, I use one as a guide, they very rarely agree with the actual course measurers figures. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Overpriced, poor prize list. In full: First the good points, it was well marshaled from the village to the parking area, the course was well marshaled except for the last turn where my wife took control to stop runners going wrong. PB potential without the wind!
I have organised races for 25 years and know the costs and organisation involved. £11.00 for club runners is way too high for the cost of a T shirt and a very small prize lists, I can order 250 T shirts for £3.00 quid or so.
Why was there no coffee/tea etc for sale in the hall, it has all the facilities to do this, a good earner too, some home made cakes etc, simple. I bring my own flask, drink etc, but people expect have the option to buy refreshments nowadays. I would have to think long and hard about doing this race again. Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: Great Race In full: Great race, superb scenery, fantastic weather, smooth organisation, fantastic cakes. We will be back next year! Spent the following week nearby and the weather remained excellent, a great omen :-) Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: A Classic event In full: Been doing this since the early 80s, COH always serve up a challenging course! Good value, unlike some of the overpriced big city events, will always support this event. Results out very quick. Minor gripe is the 10 year age groups on results, should really be standardised for stats etc. See you all next year!! Date of review: February 1, 2010
In short: Cracking new race In full: Fast PB course, very good organisation, you can tell it was organised by runners! Mile marks in correct places, quick results and good prizes. A bit expensive to enter though, or am I a tight tw**!! Look forward to it next year in the summer Date of review: December 19, 2009