In short: Good Fun Race. Start and finish need more thought. In full: A good fun race for me. Easy to get parked (about 1/2 mile away in a multi storey) followed by a short walk in to the start area.
The start needs more organisation, I took 13 minutes to cross the start line. I had hoped to use one of the pacers but they were well gone by the time I crossed the start line. Also, there were quite simply not enough toilets for 6000+ runners and their supporters.
The finish was also crowded, taking 20 minutes to get through the tent, T-shirt in hand. I think this was partly caused by them running out of T-shirts in certain sizes, so people were hanging around longer than normal trying to find the right size.
The run itself was lovely, Nice run through the parks, then a nice fast drop from 7-10 miles, then flat along the front for the final 3. Really enjoyed it. Will probably give it another bash next year. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Wet Wet Wet In full: This was my first half marathon for 7 years, during which time I have got very fat. Back on the road to fitness now and I was very pleased with 2.11 (I don't like thinking about what I used to be capable of). Happy to get round and run all the way.
I thought it was a nice route. Regular waterstops that seemed to be well organised. I loved the single track stuff through the parks. Took me back to my cross country days.
The rain did not bother me, but I did feel a bit guilty about leaving the family to sit for 2 hours in the car.
Thanks to the organisers, marshals and spectators, it must have been horrible in that weather and your support was much appreciated. Date of review: October 5, 2010