In short: Great race! In full: For my 10th marathon and first in-land...
The hills in the first half weren't as bad as people made out so I felt great up to 1/2 way. Then felt really bad and struggled. The crowds were much more sparse and water/lucozade upto 3 miles apart made the heat even more unbearable. They could atleast have split and had a gap between so I could drink both!
Otherwise this was a good race. The tshirt is well-worth the extra cost, and the madal was a well-received chunk of bling at the finish line!
A special mention to the Motivation Crew at 19 miles. Wow, great guys - even if we could hear you shouting for over an hour!!
Organisation was good, the start was easy, the finish was well-laid out and well-run.
THANKS NOTTINGHAM!! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Lovely race, well organised In full: It's a good race. Mostly flat, where the greatest hill really is just a bridge over the A1, and well populated with cheering crowds. The organisation was good, plenty of water stations, and the start and finish were well laid out and bustling with happy people. Cheers Newark! Date of review: August 8, 2010
In short: Fantastic location, enjoyable race In full: This race always brings out the extremes in the weather - it's either flooding with rain or you're sunburnt before you make it to the start line! Water handed out at the start really helped! Well organised, the five+ water stations were well-manned and the friendly marshalls were happy to give 2 cups each. The local population was magnificent, from the shouts of support to the kids shooting runners with water pistols to the grannies spraying garden hoses and calling friendly encouragement! The route is playful, the 2 mile long bridge is an engineering marvel and a pleasure to run along. The finish zone is good, crowds line the last 200 yards well and the sponsoring supermarket handing out punnets of fresh fruit... just extraordinary! Great t-shirt and medal too. Well done to all involved! Date of review: June 28, 2010
In short: Lovely river-run in the sun In full: Well done to all who organised this race; it was most splendid! Perhaps a bit clubby as the field was "very" small but this did nothing to detract from good organisation, friendly marshalls and a fairly valuable goody bag. Perhaps a 9am start next time so I don't have to run in the midsummer midday sun though?!
"I like to run, it makes me smile, I think I'll run another mile"! Date of review: June 20, 2010
In short: I like to run, outloud I'll say, I think I'll run the Woodhall 10k In full: A well organised race, plenty of people, friendly marshalls, good water stations, good finish. And a rockin' PB to finish with. Yay! Date of review: June 8, 2010
In short: Lon-done- if only I could stay out longer! In full: Fantastic! Any race where world record holders, royalty and organisers mingle with the masses (Richard Branson and Tegla Loroupe were even kind enough to sign my number!) must be special. The course could barely be improved, the crowds were extremely noisy and utterly supportive, as were other runners, water/energy stops were perfectly organised, well spaced, and the bottles weren't too big this time. The race is truely amazing, arguably THE BEST race in the world, and with 120,000 applicants for 37,000 places, it's just a pity they can't increase the field! Thanks to everyone involved, especially the millions of spectators! Date of review: April 27, 2010
In short: Good race In full: Nothing especially unusual to comment on unfortunately, but it was a fair, well organised race with a relatively small field (just under 200). Friendly marshalls, a good finish line, tea shop, handy medal and a fast (though slightly windy) course. Could have put a clock at the finish line though! Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Great idea, just a few organisational niggles. Boring in the middle In full: Generally good, and no malice intended when I say it could have been better organised. The route was great, the buses to/from the start/finish excellent and the marshalling excellent. An almighty screw up meant two faster "pens" left behind mine so loads of pushing and overtaking in the first few miles although it didn't really affect me personally. The cost was steep though the t-shirt and medal very good quality. It's a race that could do VERY well - even increase to 10 or 15,000 runners if they can get it right (and use both sides of the road). A guaranteed PB for a first-distance but I also beat a 12 year old PB for 15 miles! Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Hills? They weren't, they were just lumpy bits! In full: Lovely race and for a relatively new one, well organised. Nothing went wrong and the overall feel was very good. The pre-race blurb and chat kept mentioning two monster hills - even the elevation graph got me worried - and all we got was 1/2 mile of playful incline! nothing really bad, it didn't drag on anything like as advertised! Bit cheeky of the photographer to camp at the top of the second one, though it may have made a few people up their work rate at the crest! Great race, lovely route, my fastest 1/2 for 4 years, see you next year!
PS. Whoever thought of a sign saying "the sweep vehicle is catching you" and one "you won't get a PB here" - halfway up a hill - deserves a smack! Date of review: March 7, 2010