In short: Thoroughly enjoyed every moment, fantastically organised and great suupport throughout In full: This was my first attempt at this distance and being a local who usually competes in the relay I was well aware of how tough the conditions had been in previous years. Before the day there was a lot of discussion about whether bringing the event forward two months was the right thing to do and I think the success on the day proved that it was. Conditions were brilliant under foot and it was a glorious day. I really enjoyed every moment and seeing the supporters at each checkpoint always made me smile.
Being a local definitely had a massive advantage as I didn't manage to get lost. There was plenty of tape out on legs 1 and part of 3, but other than that you were pretty much on your own, so I'd advise anyone to take a map.
Only recommendation I'd make is maybe to have different size t-shirts as a large is way too big to me. But my hubby loves the t-shirt and with it costing just over a tenner to run 50 miles you can't say it's not value for money. Well done RHAC on organising a great event Date of review: October 22, 2009
In short: My first marathon thoroughly enjoyed it even with the snow! In full: 2 lap undulating course with last mile of each lap on trail path. Thoroughly enjoyed and got first woman home!! Only change would be finish on the field..a few people fell over with the field being slippy, not what you want after 26.1 miles!!! Date of review: February 18, 2009
In short: All worthwhile for the buns at the finish line In full: First year of its running but hopefully there will be many more to come. Bit of a mix up with some people crossing the wrong bridge to get to the start line and getting lost, but it was all sorted out in the end.
Lots of running on road/gravel paths however the crossing of fields at start and finish break up the pavement pounding.
Not the kind of race where there is lots of support all the way round...but that's to be expected on an off-roader. Well marshalled, so there wasn't much opportunity to get lost along the way and it even had mile markers all the way round.
Nice mug as a momento and lots of home made buns at the finish line, would definitely recommend this race. Date of review: May 19, 2008
In short: Dissapointed that organisers resorted to a medal again this year In full: My local race so I've ran this for last 4 years, was definately a lot busier this year due to the record entries. Well organised ...didn't seem to be any issues at water stations which plagued last years race. However I was very dissapointed that all I ended up with at the end was a cheap medal, a couple of cans of red bull and a cereal bar. This seemed a bit of a rip off because of the entry fee. The organisers need to justify this price by either: *Bringing back t-shirts *Handing out a better goody bag *Bringin in bottled water...I don't mind the high entry fee if I'm not choking on water from a cup.
I'll probably still run next year with it being a local event, but I'm a bit dissapointed with the value for money for this event. Date of review: May 1, 2008
In short: Excellent race, track finish makes this half marathon stand out from the rest. In full: This is my local race so my third year running it. The weather made this hard work but there's nothing that could be done about that! It's a nice flatish route (for this area it would be considered flat), the atmosphere on eccy road around half way is great for giving you a boost and running the last 100 metres on the track is fantastic!
Downides were that the price was a bit steep considering that the goody bag was rubbish (especially compared to previous races) and the t-shirt wasn't the best quality. I've entered half marathons in the past that were a lot cheaper and the t-shirts were much better quality. I must say I do prefer a t-shirt to a medal though as a runner can never have too many t-shirts!!
In short: Great race, well organised and excellent atmosphere! In full: First few miles are tough going- long hills and wind was against you, but nice downhill to the finish more than makes up for it. Excellent atmosphere and great prizes for runners.
The course was very well marked and marshalled. Will definately enter the series next year. Date of review: December 4, 2006
In short: Has some very tough hills at the start of the race but the downhill at the end makes it well worth it. In full: Some challenging hills but the downhill finish meant you could get a great time. Not many spectators on route so could get a bit lonely but lovely scenary made this a challenging but enjoyable run (especially with the glorious sunshine this year). Great t-shirt and even some plasters were given out if you suffered from the dreaded blisters! Date of review: October 30, 2006