In short: Fast, flat course. Very well organised - clearly organised by runners who know what they are doing In full: This was my 100th half marathon, and I have to say that the attention to detail and the hard work that goes into this event is evident from the moment you enter. Good points: *Regular newsletters by email in the months/weeks prior to the race *Excellent location with plenty of onsite parking *Easy number collection - literally took 20 seconds, I had visions of massive queues but there were none *Excellent start area *Cheerful marshalls - especially the children at the 10 mile drinks station shouting out our names (another nice touch having names on numbers) *The choice of water in bottles or cups - I much prefer cups as I only require a sip, I find bottles quite wasteful (and they make me burp) *Traffic free course - quite a rarity on a rural course - much appreciated *Flat/fast course *A Jelly Baby station!! I didn't have any but a nice thought *Nice finish area inside the football stadium with good commentary. Great for spectators *Great results service - results were online by the time I got home, along with a certificate and a finish line video clip *Nice training T-shirt, medal and goody bag *Free cake *Bacon butties/refreshments/beer available to buy *Links on race website to lots of photographs
Bad points: erm......nope
Room for improvement: *Mile markers seemed to be quite a way out around 5-6m/10k, I thought my GPS had gone haywire until I heard other runners watches beeping at the same time as mine, I think 10k mark was about 35 seconds too early. *A finishing straight would be nice rather than a finishing "bend" *Flatten the hill at 12.5 miles Haha
All in all a brilliant race, many thanks to the organisers
In short: 3 races in one morning - something for everyone. In full: I ran the half and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pancake flat course, plenty of marshalls and a nice run in along the prom. Finishers received a T-shirt, gym bag & medal.
Would suggest the prom needs looking at in future - tourists seemed unaware there was a race going on, could part of it be coned off?
Well done Mablethorpe! Date of review: September 19, 2008
In short: Top organisation and outstanding value In full: A very well organised race and really good value (for £6 you get a great race, a long sleeved shirt and sausage & chips!) A good turn out this year to tackle the tough challenging course over some lovely countryside. Thanks Wolds Vets. Date of review: September 6, 2008
In short: Very well organised, another record entry with a good mix of runners. In full: Superb organisation, small improvements year on year have transformed this race. Flat fast course means plenty of PB's. Loads of clubs represented (probably worth introducing team prizes?).
Only gripe is that it took 25 mins to get out of Woodhall due to the sheer number of cars all being sent down a narrow country lane.
In short: Brilliant organisation, tough course, glorious weather. In full: Those hills don't get any easier, but what goes up thankfully comes down! Well done to Stamford Striders for top class organisation and thanks to very enthusiastic marshalls. Date of review: February 11, 2008
In short: A course almost guaranteed to give you a negative split (2nd half faster) In full: Great race, well organised/marshalled. First half quite challenging due to off road section & hills, but the last 6 miles are very fast. Tea & biscuits much appreciated. Thank you Sleaford Striders Date of review: February 25, 2007