In short: Fast and windy! In full: Good for beginners, plenty of space to run and flat enough to get a fast time. Very windy, no problems with parking, good organisation. Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Rain? What rain? In full: Great race - just the right amount of people & not too daunting for my first "smaller"/local race. Excellent PB potential, fast & flat course with some very nice scenery. Good value for money if you fancy a day at the zoo as race entry also includes zoo entry. Recommended! Many thanks to the organisers. Date of review: June 7, 2009
In short: Fast and flat In full: Great organisation made this an enjoyable race; well-organised wave starts, although the course did narrow in some points. Good pre-race information however made sure this was expected. Excellent PB-potential, nice scenery, and very beginner friendly. Also excellent course for taking a good long look at the elites whizz past! Will be back to try and catch up with them next year. Date of review: July 20, 2008
In short: Good, but lacking wow-factor In full: Adequate, but enjoyable. No major problems, baggage facilities ran smoothly, good signage and nice route. Suffers from congestion, particularly in the first 3km, so not great for serious runners, but still PB-potential as it's a fast route. Good route, nice crowd support. Goody bag was a bit disappointing, and shame there was no chip timing. It's a very expensive entry fee for what was provided, but I still enjoyed the day. Room for improvement. Date of review: July 7, 2008
In short: Not quite what I expected In full: The 1-hour delay to the start can be forgiven. I accept that sometimes these things happen. The bottleneck that was just after the finish line can't be. I came in at around 2 hours and was barely able to move for about 35 minutes, as I just about managed to collect my goody bag, scrabble for a bit of water and a space blanket. There was no space to stretch out and water was minimal for anybody stuck right in the middle. I was fine, but if anybody had had problems in that crowd, support would have been VERY difficult to get. I find this extremely worrying and a huge oversight of the organisers. Surely with 26 years experience behind them they'd have better organised the majority of finishers, instead of crowding us all into a small narrow lane with barely any support or direction?
Negatives aside, it's a great route and the local support is phenomenal - better than any I've experienced before (even the GNR).
It's a shame; the race has potential to be so much better, but this year it was just too overcrowded and lacked some serious organisation.
If you're going to do it, make sure you come well prepared. (Wellies are a must for the sports rec if it rains. In light of this, perhaps the 'MudBath Half Marathon' would be a better name for it'). Date of review: March 17, 2008