In short: A last minute race for me - why haven't I done a Whitestar event before? In full: Having been talked into doing this race at short notice (with the promise that if I bribed the organisers I could have a change of name on the day) I was so very grateful to those who convinced me to do it. Running and racing often this has to have been one of the toughest half marathons out there BUT (and a HUGE but) also possibly the most superbly organised and just so "damn" nice race I've ever had the pleasure of doing. The Whitestar teams' approach is one of total professionalism with a healthy dose of mockery/laughs/badgers feeling/cider thrown in for good measure. There were hills. There were more hills. The course was brutal, but oh so scenic and the miles simply flew past. And as for the lovestation.... if you need to ask then you really need to do a Whitestar event to find out for yourself! My good fellows at Whitestar - I thank you for putting on a spiffing race and perhaps you could show some of the others out there how its done?! However, there is a big part of me that wants to keep my enthusiasm underwraps for fear that too many people will discover these gems of running. Run Rural people! Date of review: March 19, 2016
In short: A fantastic alternative to the local big city half marathons In full: Rogue Runs who organised this first Severn Bridge Half Marathon need a medal of their own. I cannot begin to imagine what a logistical and beaurocratic nightmare it must have been dealing with the many authorities and landlords/businesses/locals in order to stage this event. But, the fact that the day went seemlessly (not counting the false start!) was testimony to the fact that the organisation had been done properly. Sure, there were a few areas where improvements can be made however, for a first running of this event they pulled it off Big Style! Highlights? The course for start; when else do you get the chance to run on the carriageway of the original Severn crossing? The land part of the course was challenging and never boring and the terrain just added more interest. The marshalls were enthusiastic and at every road junction ensuring us runners safety. Thank you all. The event village - a nice surprise to find a buzzing area with so much going on (Manchester marathon take note - yours was rubbish and you should be ashamed!) Medal, tshirt, goody bag (that actually had goodies in it not just a wad of leaflets advertising local businesses and other events. The DJ who spun some awesome tunes And finally it was all topped off by incredible luck at having superb weather. Do it again? I'd move heaven and earth to be there next year. Well done guys from someone who attends a lot of races and has just had the pleasure of being at the best one. Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: Heard this race was a good one for achieving a PB and that really proved to be the case. In full: Entered this race at short notice having it recommended by a friend. Very glad I went. This race is an absolute credit to the organisers and was a real pleasure to run.
Very flat and consequently fast, the lack of appealing scenery is more than made up for in every other aspect (and what's with the requirement for scenery in a race? Surely you should be concentrating on the job in hand not the surroundings?).
Organisation was superb - baggage drop very well organised in particular.
The medal had been thought about and was refreshingly unique and worth receiving.
The end of race was a text book illustration of military precision - medal, goody bag, drinks. And what a superb goody bag - that cake was awesome!
Don't let any review criticising the lack of scenery put you off entering this excellent race. We travelled from Bristol and it was worth every mile.
In short: Someone told me it was a flat road race.... In full: Hats off to Bitton Road Runners (although there was precious little "road" in the slog!) for organising such a superb event. This isnt a race where you can think about a PB, this isnt a race where having the newest kit matters - this is a stripped down, the reason we run sort of race and long may it continue! Date of review: November 29, 2011
In short: Organisers and volunteers take a bow! In full: Hats off to a fantastically well organised race that was an absolute pleasure to run. As well run, if not better than the best big city races, the comical announcements were a welcome light touch, the "runners village" superbly thought out and the medal, t-shirt etc were spot on. And yet a small intimate race atmosphere was maintained, with friendly marshalls, welcoming locals and water stops at regular intervals. Tough course that does test you but doesnt produce any nasty suprises. One to do again next year without question Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: A superbly organised race that Hay Hotfooters should be justifiably proud of! In full: Opted to run this 10k at short notice (having scouted through the race diary in Runner's World) and am really glad I made the drive from Bristol. Thankfully the great Welsh weather was on our side which made for an even better race (albeit a tad on the warm side). The atmosphere was fantastic; everyone seemed to be smiling - although the smiles on the runners faces at the end were probably grimaces - this was one tough race, but without being impossible. The route was challenging but the organisers avoided the cliche of making competitors run through bogs or over walls and there were no flaming bales of hay to tackle! Thankfully a multi-terrain race that was exactly that - a pure off-road running race set amist spectacular scenery. And the cakes at the end...to die for! Thanks Hay Hotfooters for the best alround 10k I've run. Hat off to you guys! Date of review: June 6, 2010
In short: Miserable weather and an equally miserable race director In full: It would have been nice to have been welcomed to the race and thanked for the support rather than craning your neck trying to hear the blunt announcements made at the start. Some info sent with the race number would have been helpful (even the baggage tag was small!). Mile markers were all over the shop and the race was most definately not 20 miles. As for the finish line - Wow! Could it have been any less dramatic?! Gloucester AC you are better than this and I can only assume that one or two local individuals had made this a headache for the organisers. The support from the runners was there and this could easily be so much better - don't let the ba**ards grind you down! The heavy police prescence was enough to make anybody sweat! Thought we had become a terrorist target! Great weather though... Date of review: March 9, 2009
In short: If only all races were run this efficiently... In full: Top marks have to go to the organisers of this superb race. I know I won't be alone in taking my hat off to you. Well done and thankyou for making my first full one a memorable one. Not to say its an easy course though! If you crave a challenge as opposed to monotony, if stunning scenery matters and clean air to breathe enroute (makes a change to traffic pollution) then make this one to do next year. The remote, rural start with pipers leading the way (not all of the way though!) was surreal. The route was breathtaking in every sense of the word, with genuine support from small pockets of people. And the finish...as said by others, finishing in a stadium makes you feel as if you've actually achieved something. Special praise must go to the tireless commentator(s) with typical Scottish wit, humour and staying power. This is how you do a race. Other organisers take note and learn some lessons please! Thanks very much guys Date of review: October 7, 2008
In short: The weather was mostly to blame - but not totally In full: Last Year's race was hosted in a professional and efficient manner, so apart from the weather, what happened this year? Having a partner who was running her first Half and having achieved her ambition received no medal and a huge T-Shirt (because other sizes were gone) left me both saddened and annoyed at the organisers. And how many entrants expensive footwear fell victim to the Glastonbury quagmire? Financially not a laughing matter, however British we are! Date of review: March 27, 2008