In short: Come on Gloucester AC, you can do better than this In full: Used this as a warm-up for FLM as I did in 2007, and as there aren't too many 20-mile races about this race serves as excellent preparation.
Weather was far from ideal but the course is fairly flat and scenic and my fellow competitors made it a memorable event. Thanks to the gentleman who kept me going in the last few miles and the nice young lady I chatted to on the walk back to race HQ!
However, there is plenty of room for improvement regarding the organisation. Receiving a race number with no indication of which event it was for was hardly an auspicious start, nor was a pre-race briefing which most of us couldn't hear.
I understand that Gloucester AC have received complaints from locals about competitors running more than two abreast, but if you need to get past a couple already running two abreast, how else are you meant to do it exactly?? I've never seen 'yellow cards' given out in a race before.
On the plus side, good value but I wouldn't mind paying a bit more and getting a nice goodie bag. And surely it might be worth investing in a better finish line? 20 miles deserves more of a celebration! Date of review: March 25, 2009
In short: Really wish I didn't have to wait another year to run it again In full: I find it hard to add to my own comments for the last two years or the other comments on here.
Comfortably my favourite half marathon, the fact that I always register my slowest time for the year here notwithstanding.
Some might query why I rate it so highly on beginner-friendliness, but my rationale here is that if newcomers came to this one they would see how a race should really be organised and the glorious scenery, jelly babies, friendly runners and marshals, slick organisation, excellent value for money and goodie bag would be more than enough to tempt them to sign up again.
My only complaint is that I have to wait a year to do it again - is there any way this could become a bi-annual event??
Thank you Hogweed Trotters for such a marvellous event and a great day out. Date of review: March 24, 2009
In short: My first time at the Terminator and I'll be back! In full: I'd heard a lot about this race and wanted to give it a go for some time but unfortunately it had always clashed with the Bourton 10k. Problem solved this year as I didn't get in.
Really enjoyed the event and glad I chose to do it. Certainly not a PB race, more one to use as a good training run and for enjoyment.
More mud than I expected and very nearly lost my trainers early on! Must remember to secure them with duct tape in future. The hills were certainly tough, but the views from the top made the climbs worthwhile and gave me a salutary reminder just how lucky I am to live in a part of the world that boasts such wonderful scenery.
Very friendly atmosphere among the runners and fantastic support from the marshals. Lovely selection of cakes and very impressed with the car parks provided for such a large number of attendees. Liked the pre-race briefing.
Well done PVRC for a great event - I wouldn't be surprised if I chose this over Bourton in future. Date of review: February 23, 2009
In short: Mud sweat and hills!! In full: I actually really enjoyed this race even though I don't normally do well at cross-country events.
A very tough run, I had been warned that it was hard but it was harder than I expected. Very muddy in sections, and some really challenging hills - by the time I got to the last one, I wasn't going to even attempt to run up it!
Excellent training run for the London marathon and superb value - I like the t-shirt!
Thanks to all the friendly and supportive marshals and the locals that turned out to watch us mad people run.
Only suggestion I would offer would be that some hoses or other means of getting the mud off would be good at the end.
Will definitely do this one again. Well done Chippenham Harriers! Date of review: January 26, 2009
In short: Still my favourite, despite one or two minor issues In full: This is comfortably my favourite half marathon for the simple reason that it boasts the best scenery I have ever seen in a race and the nice touches (a cup of tea and a bun at the end, and that's on top of the t-shirt and medal).
I was intent on just enjoying the event as much as possible this year instead of worrying about my time, but I know people who have managed a PB here so there is some potential.
I was a bit bemused by the fact that the t-shirt says 2009, does this mean I can regale my friends with stories of time travel? Will next year's have 2008 on it? I was also a tad disappointed that they had run out of the large sizes, surely there can't be that many runners needing a large?
Not sure what all the fuss is about with people being disqualified for wearing headphones, the rules expressly state this is forbidden which is quite normal from my experience, not to mention dangerous if the roads are not closed to traffic.
Wonderfully friendly marshals, thanks to all of you for braving the elements, especially the young lady at mile 10 who cheered me on just as I was starting to feel the chill!
One small quibble would be that a loud-hailer is needed for the pre-race briefing as I couldn't hear a thing and the crowd wasn't that big.
No reflection on the event, but do all the idiots decamp to Downton on the day of the race? A few drivers gave me some rude gestures, and I know some of the locals abused several of the runners last year. There are some sad people out there aren't there?
That notwithstanding, I plan to return and return. Date of review: December 3, 2008
In short: Another one which I hope becomes a regular event. In full: Another excellent event from Steve Goulding and grass roots events. I hope this becomes a regular fixture on the running calendar, not least because it's on my doorstep!
Flat-ish course, however not easy to get a PB given the conditions but nothing the organisers can do about that.
Nice medal at the end, good value for money but I would say that because I got a spot prize!
Nice atmosphere, results available almost immediately and a friendly awards ceremony which included a raffle.
Great way to spend a wet and windy Sunday morning! Date of review: November 24, 2008
In short: Another excellent event In full: Can't really add any more to my comments from last year. A fantastically well-organised local event that puts many bigger half marathons to shame. (I don't imagine anyone came away from this without a medal..)
Good to see the event growing every year with about 2000 participants this year. The number of supporters around the course seemed to be up as well!
Bit unfortunate with the weather this year, it was a tad too hot for most people's liking - still it certainly brought the crowds out.
Only quibble I have was that there were no energy drinks at the end - it might have been better to have one less on the course and one in your goodie bag.
Will definitely be back for my fifth time next year! Date of review: October 13, 2008
In short: Well done Chippenham Harriers for a superb event! In full: Think all the previous comments say it all. Very well organised, the only cavil being having to park so far away from the start - but at least it gave me a warm-up!
The marshalls were extremelty friendly and supportive, especial thanks to the young lady who cheered me on in the last mile when I had already hit the wall!
Very flat course, little bit of an uphill in the first mile but a fast downhill finish was to die for! Knocked more than 3 minutes off my previous best so very happy with that.
Good t-shirt and goodie bag, a medal would have been a nice addition though. Bit crowded at the start but the sports club made a superb finish area and gave friends and family a good day out.
Well done Chippenham Harriers - choosing this over Bristol was definitely the right move. Please please please make this a regular annual event! Date of review: September 15, 2008