In short: Very disappointed was hoping for a PB. The wave system at the start which I believe should have assisted in a more efficient start resulted in dangerous running conditions. Not a good start to a further 12 miles. Too many competitors In full: The organisers may wish to go to the Plymouth half to see how a really good half marathon is organised. They limit their numbers so they are able to run a safe and enjoyable race. Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: Just like 2006 and 2007 but with sun In full: Yet another great year, same flawless organisation, brilliant support from locals and marshals. Only downside was that after arranging rain for a nice cool run over the last two years this year the organisers ordered bright baking sunshine! Date of review: July 27, 2008
In short: Great route, great organisation, great race In full: Starts and finishes at a pub, hills and a 100% record of drizzle or rain what more could you want from a Cornish race in July. Organised by a runner so feedback acted on- extra loop at start to thin out runners before narrow section and cattle grid removed. Now all they need to do is close the main railway line and get rid of the low bridge, but where would be the fun in that (may as well be on a treadmill!). Excellent. Just about to fill in this Years entry form. http://www.cornish-riviera.co.uk/trotter/trotter.htm Date of review: February 2, 2008
In short: Plymouth does it again, every year they turn out one of the best organised and runner centred half marathons around. In full: It’s obvious that Plymouth is organised by runners; from the £2.50 (that goes to charity) to change your number if injured right through to the finish area – all that food to scoff (I’m sure a pasty is full of carbs! not convinced well plenty of flapjacks instead). Results up pretty quick and available in Excel format rather than crappy PDF – so much easier to filter so as to pick out club-mates and competitors Course unlikely to be PB for most but just sets a goal for next year. One really small criticism the chips directly attached to shoe laces bit awkward after race. Again a plea to commercial race organisers to see Plymouth in action and take points on board.
In short: Looks like Bath has overtaken Bristol in good organisation stakes In full: Well done Andrew Taylor and the team this year was great after last few years’ problems. This year was light years ahead of Bristol’s' 2006 blip (?). Like others I also used a forerunner and it showed 13.26 miles but chip to chip spot on for time by watch and forerunner. Route- well all the best sights are at the top of hills so choice would be flipping hilly or fast. Got a PB but unfortunately running with someone else’s number - oops don't let the organisers know. If I'd dropped dead they may have contacted the wrong next of kin, but of course they wouldn't have as I had my details on back of number, so that must just be a weak excuse not to let us swap numbers. Is it really because despite 12,000 entries only 8100 finished again I'm sure 4000 didn't drop out on course, so do all big races rely on a 33% drop out rate? Does anyone fancy 1/2 as long again queue for toilets. Sorry general rant over, thoroughly enjoyed race. Just need to get rid of 1970s style timing chips.
In short: Brilliant! Thanks Hogweed trotters for an excellent race - best organisation, marshals, value for money, goody bag and well hills - not like you didn't warn us. And finally tea, coffee and cakes. In full: First HHH for me and a revelation, reminds me of my other favourite races (Abingdon marathon, Fowey triathlon) Races for runners – good value for money, brilliantly organised and marshalled, a useful goody bag (I’ll proudly be using it for my swimming togs on Monday). The post-run homemade cakes and yummiest idea the fresh fruit pots. As for the blinking hills – well the clue was in the name and Hogweeds website – plenty of photos and course profile, how much more warning do you need. Never going to be a half PB but who cares back next year to see if I can get a course PB! Only improvement to be made would be to get horse riders to smile! Time for two other large local Half organisers to pop over and see how to get it right. Thanks again Hogweed and all the marshals.
In short: What's the old saying "If it aint broke don't fix it" gone from great example of how to organise race to how not to. In full: Gone from excellent must do to- if you ignore the start and finish still an excellent race. In competition with other 1/2s have organisers gone too big. Start pens weird timings 1:51:00 who goes out hoping to beat 1:51 why not sub 1:50 1:45 1:30 etc. I inherited number and expected sub 1:40 (although previous weeks race killed me and got over 1:50 oops) but one of many with green numbers in faster group- not all because running under someone else’s number, so as so many others slowed at start getting past slower runners. The finish I’m tired and annoyed with time so always nice not to be able to find partner and hang around for 45 minutes before I can stomp off home. So organisers look at this Years results work out how many people came in sub 1:25 1:30 1:40 1:45 1:50 etc – see how much pen space you have allocate % of pen space per % of 2006 finish times. Then entrance to each sub time controlled by marshals either side of entrance shouting out sub x:xx . If people turn up late and fill side road HOLD THEM BACK until rest have gone not funnel in and cause chaos. Rant Rant etc PS race organiser I’m not really called Jon Brown. And you don’t want to get me started about why commercial races don’t allow number swapping, It’s not about race safety, my real details or on the back of my number so in emergency Holby E&R could get hold of my next of kin. It’s about maximum profit, otherwise you’d run it like Plymouth Half (and others) £1.50 to charity for number swap – should be made requirement of all races.
In short: Great inaugural event, worth the 320 mile round trip. In full: Great inaugural event, worth the 320 mile round trip. Entry form did state 50% off round and it was. As for the cattle grid I was fortunately slow enough to see it a mile off! Organisers even arranged some over night rain (in middle of drought) to make it more fun plus some nice cool drizzle to prevent over-heating on hills. Good to see 2007 entry forms on web – I’m booking my leave tomorrow. Date of review: August 6, 2006
In short: Fantastic in everyway as always - not a PB course, just do it every Year and compare each Year. In full: Fantastic as always - not a PB course, just do it every Year and compare each Year. Organisers please don't change route for 2007. All other organisers note Plymouth allow number exchange with small charge going to charity!!! -follow their lead for happy runners and a full start - unlike Bath's 10000 places sold out but only 6000 starters. Date of review: July 8, 2006
In short: Got to agree with others points; well organised - come on Bath take a look how to do it (get rid of those blinky 1960's rf chips). Girlfriend liked the gents urinals said she got a PB? Mmm pasta. But what happened to 3000 entrants? Date of review: October 3, 2005