In short: A cracking post-Christmas canter around the countryside In full: What a great way to end the year. Lovely marshalls, the lady in the red coat at registration reminded me of my old headteacher (she was bossy too), a few puddles for those that hadn't had their fill of rainwater during the last week and great support at the finish from faster runners who had stayed behind for those of thus that had run slowly to admire the scenery and an adequate goody bag. I loved it. The band were good too.
In short: A wonderful run but get some hill training in beforehand In full: A stonking half marathon. Superbly organised in a beautiful setting. I loved it. If there is one criticism is that the pens seemed to be a bit generous 1:55-2:15+ covers a huge number of runners and could mean a difference of more than a minute and a half per mile between the fastest in the pen and the not so fast. But I'm being petty. It was a brilliant race and I loved it. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Fast! In full: Very peebeeable. All roads (Country lanes) virtually traffic free thanks to good marshalling, dead flat. All gun times (no chips). Lovely goody bag (they don't call it the Christmas pudding race for nothing!). Hot soup for finishers too. Could do with a few more portaloos but what race couldn't. Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: A bit tamer than expected but still great In full: The big hills were grim but the rest was......fine. Not quite as hard core as I expected but great fun, a smashing atmosphere and great organisation. Could do with more girls loos but there were plenty of bushes and if Paula can do it then so can I. An inch of ice on the bog of doom and at least another foot of water would have been nice (they got it last year apparently)and perhaps slightly wider trails so that those that wanted to run the hills could rather than being caught behind walkers. Nice Brooks t-shirt and generous goody bag too. Will certainly do it again. Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: The hills hurt, the marshalls were uplifting, the scenery was superb In full: My first marathon and I chose a challenging one. The marshalls and spectators were the stars of this show. Weather perfect, the drizzle at mile 14 was a nice touch. Date of review: September 25, 2011
In short: Excellent organisation, super facilities but where's my medal! In full: Freezing cold but sunny morning, no wind to speak of at first but half way through it picked up to 20 mph in places so was a little on the cool side. Marshalling was extremely well organised and lots of them, water at 2, 5, 7, and 11 miles and a jelly bean station at 11 miles too (one large box of jelly babies, one lady, by the time she's got one out I'd passed her). The course is two laps on tarmac cycle tracks and underpasses around the town. The first lap is a mile and a half shorter than the second so the second lap is psychologically tougher than the first. Did a good time, a steady 9:50 minute mile all round and a sprint finish so knocked four mins almost of my PB. The last 300 metres was on the Ridlins running track, cinders, tannoy man called out your name as you entered the stadium and you finished in front of the "grandstand" (seats about 150!). Finish funnel was well organised, lots of bodies with wire cutters to remove your chip, lots of drinks and huge boxes of bananas. Lovely fluorescent yellow tech t-shirt (great for evening runs). Great changing rooms, plenty of loos, courtesy bus back to railway station and town centre car parks. I'd recommend this one.