In short: Beautiful scenery, great organisation and lots of challenging hills... In full: This is the first race my husband and I did in Cornwall and we had heard a lot about its toughness... Expecting the worst I didn't think the hills were that bad and there were lots of downhill bits as well (my husband didn't agree on the downhill bits - he must have missed them...)! I was 4 minutes out of my PB on this challenging course but still came 1st in my category. Very well organised with friendly marshalls and a nice crowd in the villages. I would certainly do it again and I recommend it to everyone, who is looking for a challanging half marathon (and who is not afraid of hills...). Date of review: August 6, 2007
In short: Ideal weather conditions with enough undulations to make it interesting! In full: Very well organised race with plenty of waterstations and marshalls. The lovely sunshine combined with the beautiful scenery made the hilly course well worth the effort. After reading last year's reviews we knew that this wasn't a flat course. But being used to the North Devon hills, these were certainly very managable and a downhill bit was never far away. On the negative side, there could have been a bit more cheering on from the marshalls. Date of review: February 4, 2007
In short: Great rural race with nice mug and lovely cakes at the end! In full: This was the second time my husband and I did this race and we both got PB's (I beat my last year's PB from Wimborne). The weather couldn't have been better and it was great to run amongst a lot of good runners - a big thank you to Frances Anderson, who certainly kept me going... The hill at the end was a good challenge and the lovely cakes at the finish made the effort well worth it! The only difference to last year were the missing Moriss Dancers in a little village and not much of a cheering crowd or encouraging marshalls. But everything was very well organised and we would certainly do it again. Date of review: November 24, 2006
In short: Amazing scenery, very friendly marshalls, great goodie bag ! In full: My husband and I did this race for the first time (after reading all the great reviews). We were lucky to get nearly the last two spaces and it was certainly well worth the drive from North Devon. The views over Dartmoor were incredible and the friendly and encouraging marshalls made the experience even more enjoyable. Everything was very well organised and the only drawback was probably the confusion at the start. We were a bit late (which was of course our fault), but with a gun time 30 seconds behind my time I unfortunately missed out on a price in my category. Still, We would certainly do this race again! Date of review: November 24, 2006
In short: Challanging Hills, but well worth it! In full: This was my 3rd North Devon 10K and my first serious race 3 years ago. I wasn't going to do it this year as I completed my first marathon only 3 weeks before. But I just couldn't resist... So I pushed it a bit less than last year but I still enjoyed it. The scenery is great and rural combined with a friendly crowd and encouraging marshalls. The hills weren't really any easier the 3rd time but all runners were well rewarded with delicious free sandwiches, cakes and tea/coffee. A big THANK YOU to the South Molton Strugglers who organised this race so well! Also excellent facilities with showers, changing rooms and bagage facilities (even at the start). It was also great to run with so many fellow runners from the North Devon Road Runners!
In short: Wet and grey, but Glasgow from a different side! In full: My first race in Scotland after having lived in Ayrshire and worked in Glasgow for 2 years. As expected it was wet and this was my first experience standing at the start wrapped in a bin bag (but it worked...). Interesting course through lots of different areas of Scotland's biggest city. Great supporting crowd and i liked the pipers at each mile marker. This was my slowest half-marathon as I run with a friend who only started running 9 months ago. I was also training for my first marathon (3 weeks after the Great Scotish Run), so this was more like my weekly "long" run at marathon pace. But it was a great experience not to push myself so hard and just enjoy the atmosphere and finish together with my friend. The only disappointement was the missing medal in the goodie bag. I only discovered this on the walk to the car and after phoning up a few days later I was promised that a medal would be sent out to me. It never arrived and after following up with an e-mail I am still waiting. In my opinion this is quite a poor service, especially if you consider the high entry fees of all these "Great Runs".
In short: Wet, wet, wet... In full: This was my first Great South Run and I was really looking forward to it especially after missing the deadline last year. Great PB potential and my husband was lucky enough to get one. I wasn't pushing it too much as I completed my first marathon only 4 weeks ago. I managed to finish in a reasonable time (missing my PB by 1min49) despite the horrible conditions. This race was well enough organised, but I think there should have been time zones within each wave. This would make it easier for the faster and slower runners. It's a shame that only just over 11'000 runners completed the race (out of 18,000). Even though this is the biggest 10 mile race in the UK it didn't seem like such a big race to me. There were areas where there was no crowd at all (probably because of the weather...) and the scenery wasn't always spectacular. In Short: it was a good experience for stamina building (getting used for the winter runs in windy and wet weather...). I would like to thank the crowd who was there to cheer us on and also the bands who kept us going.
In short: Great atmosphere with bands and an incredible crowd. To see the front runners made the laps certainly very worthwile! In full: Despite losing my husband before the start and running on my own it was a great race. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere - it was great to be cheered on by such a big crowd. This is probably why I got a PB... The hills were a bit of a challenge, but being used to steeper ones in North Devon, they were very managable.
Only downside was the missing sign at the M5 exit of junction 30, which should have been very easy to find according to the race instructions. Date of review: May 5, 2006
In short: 2006 Half Marathon: Very well organised Half Marathon and Marathon! In full: Strong head wind at times, but the friendly crowd in the villages made certainly up for this... Very scenic and versatile run - the miles really seemed to come by quickly. Only the refreshments were rather disappointing - bacon rolls are not exactly great refuel after a race... And the tea and coffee were pretty horrible! It's also a shame that "Running Forever (one of the sponsors and a great running shop in Taunton) did not have a stall there. Date of review: April 5, 2006