In short: Excellent race indeed. And bring the family - the kids will love having a go on the RNLI lifeboat... In full: This is a terrible race for those for like to have a good old fashion British moan - I'm trying so hard to think of something negative, but can't...
The Atlantic College campus and St Donats Castle is a special place - any excuse to visit should be leapt upon (how comes I never got to go to a college like this ?!)
The fact there is also a great 10k race on the day, organised and supported by people passionate about the sport is a bonus
Accurate mile markers, well organised, nice vest to all finishers great for the summer hols, excellent VFM etc. Even though it does'nt look like a PB course (undulating, sea breezes) it clearly IS judging by my own and other's experiences.
Leave time after the race to wonder around the place, admire the fine views, take in (but don't take home..) the 16th century (?) stone work, cool down with a pint, chill with some fine live jazz, eat and enjoy some organic carrot cake, lounge in the pool with fellow forumites whilst at the same time doing a spot of whale watching. But don't wear Speedos - "bad karma" ?!
In short: There are faster and cheaper HMs around - they don't have a samba bands and gurkas though... In full: Much better, but could be special with a few tweaks - eg loo paper in the portab*gs, a route that does justice to the town, use of 'championship chips' rather than the clunky armour plated race number (and need to be manually scanned with a table tennis bat at the finish), bringing back The Piper etc. But a great day out all the same - and good to see those who help organise getting stuck in on the RW forum Date of review: March 21, 2005