In short: Too hot for a PB! In full: Decent race. Well organised, despite being run on a fairly busy Sunday morning in Epsom. Very hot conditions meant that I ran out of water halfway round, another water stop would have been appreciated in a June race. Couple of medium climbs and a nice downhill finish! Still searching for that sub-50 PB... Date of review: June 16, 2008
In short: Poor start, but excellent everywhere else In full: I think the start of this race may need some rejigging as a set of steps less than 0.25miles into a race is not the best idea - caused lots of standing still in a queue. The canal route ruined the early pace (mainly due to people unwilling to step into puddles thinking that their feet would remain dry for the rest of the 20 miles).
After it took 35 mins to do 3 miles, the rest of the course was excellent. Very challenging in places, but never impossible. Marshalls were superb, always offering cheery support, despite being very cold and wet. Water stations were well equipped and perfectly spaced out. The mile markers were near perfect according to my Garmin (every mile too). I wasn't a big fan of the finish though, back onto the canal route, and past a 20 mile marker, where I stopped thinking I had finished, only to walk round the corner and see the real finish!
The cup of tea and cake was like mana from Heaven, as it was freezing cold outside (the heating bill for the cricket club must be huge as it was toasty inside the pavilion!).
Most of my criticisms were amplified by the terrible weather, as overall this was a brilliant race, and very challenging, just what you need before a marathon. Date of review: March 17, 2008
In short: "The Hill" - it's bark is worse than it's bite In full: Great race - got my third half marathon PB in 7 days! Was dreading the two hills, but left plenty in the tank for them, and they weren't that bad. Meant that I could really go at it hard for the last 4+ miles and got that all important PB. Date of review: February 24, 2008