In short: As a local I'm pleased to see a half marathon in my home town. Its the first for years and so a few teething problems were to be expected. A good course with potential for good times. In full: On the plus side: great scenery through the town good support along the roads plenty of drinks stations passes my front door course is predominantly flat stadium finish
Room for improvement more atmosphere at the start and timing pens a racer timer at the end - no idea of the elapsed times lots of pavement running and limited road closures baggage drop off not up to capacity required
None of these things detract from the pleasure of the first race in Oxford for years. They can all be sorted for future events.
Not my all time favourite yet - but hoping they'll be challenging in the future Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: The event is simply a pleasure. No frills but good organisation, good value and good sense. In full: This is the third Chippenham I've run and the high standards have been common to them all. Best of all are the cheery encouraging and friendly marshalls and the local support. The course is very flat and would be good PB potential for me if slightly later in the season. If you're tempted to try a race - this is once of the best events to start. Date of review: September 11, 2011