In short: Ow In full: My first half-marathon, and a great experience. The course is a tough and hilly out and back, with a steep and unwelcome flight of stairs about at about mile 12, but the last 1/2 mile is a lovely sweeping downhill. Just as well, as I fear I may not have made it to the finish otherwise.
Marshalls and spectators were all very encouraging, food stations had a generous selection of Jelly Babies, Jaffa Cakes and Mars Bars, and you get a splendid technical t-shirt with your name on, a classy trophy and a big bling medal. Brilliant. Oh, and a carrot. You also get the National Anthem to start you off, just like a proper athlete.
Not without its hazards - I did fall over on one of the downhill runs and lose a bit of skin, and I was chased up the steep climb to the tower by an over-enthusiastic and slightly out of control horse, but it certainly made me run faster.
The one surprising thing for me was the large number of people who entered and then didn't turn up and run. This is a great race and it fills up very quickly - please don't take up a place if you're not prepared to run up the hill on the day! Date of review: March 11, 2010