In short: Very Fast Course In full: A very warm evening and pleasant course.Pure PB material through Levengrove park, although the front runners share the same path for a small distance on 'their' return. Great course, thoroughly enjoyed it!
In short: The best Road Race you could enter. In full: A magical day and a good stiff course to test you out. Was amazed with the change in weather from the day before, perfect running conditions. Was slightly apprehensive about the hill at the 17 mile marker, however it was comparable with the hills I do my training runs on, so handled it better than I had anticipated, and will know what to expect next year.
My 2nd time in Inverness but 1st for the Marathon and hopefully this will become a fixture for me in the years to come, Inverness is a real nice place, so much to see and do.
A fantastic weekend, well done to all the Organisers, Stewards and all the runners taking part, a great day out.
In short: Another great day at Helensburgh In full: My favourite half marathon course. Very hot day and I was hoping for rain, but no such luck. Very well organised and roll on next year. Date of review: August 13, 2009
In short: Fast flat course In full: Very congested at the start with HM & 10k runners together. Found the distance markers a bit annoying as it is a double loop....1km 1m 2km 7m 3km 3m etc etc. Plenty water stations, every 2 miles approx. Brass bands playing every 5 mile or so and support throughout the course was appreciated. Nice touch to finish on the running track inside the John Wright Sports Centre, that felt rather good, just like the Falkirk HM all those years ago.
There appeared to be a false start, not sure what happened, I'm guessing the Timing Chip equipment failed and the runners had to trot back. All in all it was an enjoyable event. Date of review: June 22, 2009
In short: The Loop doesn't do it for me, but great event all the same. In full: Odd set out course, you pass the Finish line 3 times and on the 4th approach you actually finish. Reasonable route with a portion of it set in the pleasant setting of Drumpellier Park. Stewarding was excellent and water a plenty, which was great as the Sun made a few appearances and the heat was getting to me. Pleasant surprise in the Goody Bag with a 3" x 2" rectangle shaped glass paperweight with 2 runners etched inside, nice wee touch.
Not a big field with only 120 or so runners taking part, which is a shame as I ran this in 1994 & 1995 and seem to recall a much larger turn out. Date of review: May 19, 2009
In short: Great course for PB In full: A very windy and wet evening in stark contrast to last years scorching heat. The first 2kms had the wind assisted by the incoming sea 'breeze'as the white rafter waves crashed onto the shore, thus it was hard trying to get a rhythm going. The final 2kms again had the wind and rain lashing down, but it really is a great course and found the run on the whole very enjoyable.
The Timing Chip was unique in the fact I had never saw the design before. It was a flat 2 inch square that you laced through your shoe lace, but as long as it works who cares.
A great course and hopefully the weather will be kinder next year. Date of review: May 7, 2009
In short: The Wind Tunnel between 5 and 10 mile mark was excruciating. In full: I was hoping for a Vet PB, but Mr Wind Tunnel saw to that. Normally the hill at the 10 / 11 mile mark would be 'do-able' but just coming out of the wind tunnel made it harder. I would imagine that the wind at the foot of the Alva hills could be present even in the calmest of days. Mind you I last done this race back in 1996 and can't recall the wind tunnel, however I was 13 year younger and nothing would bother me too much then. On the whole it was enjoyable and should be back for next years event. Date of review: April 10, 2009