In short: Terrific vibe combine with a gritty hill run challenge In full: The hills are murderous and though mostly in the first half, a couple of hills in the second half gives you no mercy! Its a fantastic run, wasnt too muddy and in fact was mostly stone and sand. running on downhill slopes require extra caution as most of the course are rough terrain. Once reaching the top of the hill, the views are spectacular.
The Marshalls were the most encouraging, humoured I've come across and there were plenty of them.
The goody bag was actually just 3 items but they were quality. The medal is a very nice large weighty item, a quality t-shirt that had all of our names on, and a 3d holographic cube ornament. Now, these I much prefer thanthese nonsense energy gels and bizarre edibles, and other useless stuff you get in your standard goody bag.
Absolultely recommend this. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Challenging slopes but brilliantly organised, great atmosphere and value for money In full: The logistics behind this event was impeccable and well guided. Atmosphere was terrific and the course was murderous! Well to be honest, there is one humungously tough slope to tackle but becasue this is a complete 1 lap circuit half marathon, this is balanced out with lots of downhill slopes too which one can make up for lost time to try still achieving your pb. The whole run is on tarmac roads (or pavement), no grassy routes at all. The route was very scenic and pleasantly villagy with locals cheering you on. Great vibe. Water stations were also well spaced out. Dame Kelly Holmes was there at the finishing line putting medels areound our necks which was an awesome touch. All runners were given a free technical T shirt which was excellent quality and looks great, seems to be worth the entrance fee alone! The rest of the goody bag was decent, the usual energy gel stuff, two running magazines, fruits and drinks.
Thoroughly recommend this to all (including adventurous beginners). Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: Electric atmosphere, overwhelming sense of being part of something BIG In full: My second ever running event and my first Half Marathon. This was an overwhelming experience. The event is televised on BBC One. Running queue was entertaining as big screens relayed the presentations featuring Ant and Dec and other celebrities. A Red Arrow display overhead made us all feel special. I trained hard for this race and was hoping to run this in 1 hour 50mins but I realised as I started running that getting a pb was going to be a challenge as the running crowd is too dense to get a steady rhythm. Maybe perhaps because I was right at the back. Still made it under 2hours at 1hr 58min which I was elated with. The chip timer worked brilliantly. Make sure you plan your meetup with family and friends well before the race as mobile reception is minimal at the end of the race for some reason. The charity camps were brilliant, full buffets and massages. BUPA also gave everyone free message. The course was fantastic and there were rock bands playing on route and at the 6 or 7 mile mark, a brilliant Elvis impersonator was belting out Burning Love which upped my tempo! Overall, a memorable experience and will go again next year. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Great Tourist Scenic Route - Fantastic Presentation In full: This was my first ever running event. I had got there very early so, I was in the front wave of runners therefore, I cannot vouch for other reviewers who were further back and complained about long queue. The presentation was great with Queens guards parade and the firing of a canon to start the race (which made me jump out of my shorts...was so bloody loud!). Great tourist London route and as my first ever running event, I was very chuffed. Medal is rather tacky looking though! Date of review: October 3, 2010