In short: A pleasant run which could be improved by better organisation In full: This run follows a very pleasant route that is not very challanging. A number of things could have made it better however.
The biggest problem was the organisation was very amatuer considering we paid a relatively high entrance fee.
There no information posted and so registration and the collection of chips etc relied on a process very reminicent of my school days.
That's fine, but this was the same organisation that carried forwards to to the end of the race. From the finishing line we all had to go through a tent to collect our goodies bag (including water). Unfortuantely they stuck the result board at the end of this tent. This meant we had to wait 10 minutes after finishing the run before we got anything to hydrate ourselves. This really isn't good enough. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: A tough but friendly event In full: Being local to Brackley I thought I was pleased to hear that they decided to host a 10Km race. Unfortunately, with a new baby in tow training was less ideal, more non-existant. I began to worry that being the first time this event was held it would be badly organised, little supported with things like Marshals and KM markers and generally unenjoyable. I couldn't have been more wrong. The small size of the event meant that it was increadibly personal and friendly. It was highly organised and although there was little crowd support on the event, there was a Marshal on ever corner cheering you round. Which was just as well because this event was tough. The hills took all strength out of my legs! Perhaps the only slight disappointment was that there was no medal at the end. A small thing I know, but as I'm likely to do this again next, it's a shame I don't have that momento to prove I was there when the event began. Date of review: June 14, 2010
In full: I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this race, but I was certainly impressed. The organisation was fantastic and the course was entirely flat, making it perfect for beginners and fast for those more serious runners. The scenary was fantastic; you ran past various sights such as HMS Victory, Spinnaker Tower etc. And the crowd suppport was fantastic. In fact, I prefered this event to the Great North Run. I think the compactness of the Great South Run meant the support was constant and there was plenty to see. Boy was that wind strong on the final 2 miles along the beach front though! Date of review: November 17, 2009
In short: Start in Warwick Castle made up for the rain In full: First off, the was not the first time I have completed the event, and probably not the last. I was dreading the hills before the race, especially because of the rain (although this is much better than the scortching heat of the previous time). Some of the hills had gone, however. This might seem like a good thing, but unfortunately this was replaced by 4 km of running around Kenilworth's suburbs. I think I missed the hills. All this was made up by the fact that the start was in Warwick Castle this year rather that the park. A definate improvement which should continue from now on. Date of review: November 17, 2009
In short: Great event. Narrow track at beginning. In full: Being a local race, this is the second time I have run it, this time with a PB. Having said that this track makes hard work for a PB - not becuase of the terrain (which is mostly gentle), but because the track for the first half of the race is narrow (which makes overtaking difficult unless you are near the front). Having said that the scenery is great, the atmosphere has a great local feel and I'll definately be back for the third year on the trot next year. Date of review: April 14, 2009
In short: Great event. Relax and enjoy. In full: Firstly, I will agree with others, not one for your PB. Not that the route is particularly hard, but you will be running through the crowd pretty much the whole way. I will also agree with others that this is a great event though. Great crowds, well organised and the music on route gives you a little extra burst. Highlights include running over the Tyne Bridge as the Red Arrows do their stuff overhead, and the last mile along the coast. Unfortunately, my girlfriend decided to watch me start AND finish and try to drive inbetween. This meant a 3 mile walk at the end to find the car! But that was my girlfriends fault so lets not blame the organisers! Date of review: October 14, 2008
In short: Enjoyable race and well organised In full: This was my first half-marathon (although I have done 10Ks before). It was a very well organised race iwth plenty of water stops and marshalls to help you on your way. Despite a couple of of (small) hills and the warm weather, it was perfectly suitable for beginners. I was not bothered about the lack of T-shirt (already having many), but it does seem as though they could have put one in for the cost that we had to pay. I also did not like the (short) sections having to run on the main road and having to compete with traffic. Overall, though I think this was a great event to run a first half-marathon. Date of review: April 29, 2008
In short: Gentle course that's enjoyable to run. In full: When I woke up in the morning and saw the snow, I thought oh dear! Luckily the Leamington race was very well organised. I was particularly impressed with the Finishers bags (no having to keep queing a seperate tables for individual items). Scenery was great, especially at the top of the golf course when you look over Leamington in the snow. If only the first half of the race had a slightly larger track, as it made it difficult for any overtaking. Date of review: April 8, 2008