In short: Good local Half. Flat and Fast In full: There is something about this race and the weather. Last year it was horizontal rain, this year a gale. But it is hard not to like this race. Its small, well run and there is no hanging around with the start and finish immediately outside the Social club buildings.
I will be back and I will get that PB Date of review: November 6, 2013
In short: As always well organised and good weather and this year bottled water In full: This is always a well organised race. Ely Runners do a very good job. Sold out again this year, but other than a slight squeeze at the start there is always plenty of room. For some reason the sun always seem to shine on race day and whilst the Fenland scenery may not be to everybodies taste, I like tis race.
Added benefit this year, more water stations and bottled water on the high street. I will be back next year. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Flat, fast and friendly In full: First time the Swavesey Half has been run for some time and it made a good spring Half alternative to the exorbitantly priced Cambridge Half and without the congestion for us mid paced runners. Clearly the leaders suffered from some issues regarding the late change to the route, which meant that some fairly narrow footpaths were used. But for anybody in the middle of the pack, like me, it was well organised, with lots of friendly marshalls.
As always I would pay £1 more if it meant getting bottled water rather than cups, but I am getting used to this so brought my own.
In short: Would have been a fantastic race but for the horivontal rain. In full: It wasn't the organisers fault, but there was horizontal rain for the entire race, which made it hard going. However, it is well organised, the scenery would be nice if the sun shone.
Very minor gripes, no goody bag (a mini mars bar in a bag is not a goody bag), no medal and the mile markers got mixed up at 9 and 10 miles. But I will be back it is a good race. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Excellent race, will try again next year In full: Excellent well organised race, scenic views, not too much traffic, well marshalled. Three water stations, last two with bottled water (always a bonus). Nice medal, Mars Bar and a long sleeved T Shirt made a worthy goody bag.
Bit hot but the 9am start helped Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Nice race but could do much better In full: This makes an interesting comparison with my other local Half, The Grunty Fen Half. At £15 for Grunty, you expect a bit of a queue for the toilets and water in plastic cups, but at £25 for Cambridge you don't and to top it all the chip timers didn't work properly. Also really random goody bags, some with lots in and a free book, others with almost nothing.
That said nice route, very well marshalled, well supported. Would do it again, but really the could do a lot better. Date of review: March 12, 2012
In short: Well organised local Half Marathon, needs more water stations with bottled water In full: I like this race, it has a small field (800 max)along minor roads and is well marshalled. Toilets and showers available. My only real gripe is the water or lack of it. Too few water stations, when the weather is warm and in little palstic cups which make it impossible to take on enough water. I would happily pay a pound or two more to get a proper bottle of water. Date of review: September 20, 2011
In short: Excellent race, very well organised, only spoiled by the strong wind and weather In full: This is an excellent local 10k race, running mostly off road on farm tracks and concrete footpaths. It was very well organised. The course is interesting with the first 5k up hill and this year not helped by a strong northerly wind. I can see this race becoming ever more popular. Date of review: September 26, 2010