In short: A big, fun event over a fab distance - sooooooo many runners! In full: A great day out, a nice distance but soooooo many runners and sooooo many cars! Despite the significant over-crowding for the first 4 miles, it was a great route, nice and flat and fast. Loved it! Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: A nice half, early in the year. In full: This is a good event, especially considering the large number of runners entering. The finish in the stadium is a fantastic finale and the marshalling / organisation is pretty good. The pace-makers are a big plus and I've found them pretty reliable.
The town centre section has good crowds and there are planty of locals providing drinks, jelly babies, cheers and music. The bands were uplifting, as ever especially the underpass drummers.
I had a slowish time this year following a cold a couple of weeks earlier, but at least the bloke in the yellow mankini didn't pass me this year! I'm not a great fan of the dual carriageway stretches in the last couple of miles, but at least there's lots of room.
I'll be back for my forth running of this one next year. Date of review: October 18, 2012
In short: 2012 race review. A great event, but organisation worsening each year. In full: I love this event, that's why I've done it 7 times now. I agree with the complaints others have made, but there's just something special about it for me. Their website is terible, arrive early if you want to use one of the shrinking number of loos, don't expect much at the finish - but it;s still a fantastic run. I did my best time since '88 this year as a nifty fifty.
I will be back next year. Date of review: October 18, 2012