In short: Great first half marathon In full: This was my first half marathon and I'd read good things, it really doesn't disappoint.
The route is very clever, the 2 loops through the town at the start with all the roads lined by supporters are a really nice way to start and absolutely fly by.
It then goes into a rural area that isn't glorious scenery but passes through some nice little villages with friendly support and lots of friendly people handing out water and jelly babies.
The course gently undulates but I only found I really noticed it towards the end of the race coming back into the town.
Organisation was brilliant, a good number of loos, didn't make people wait for ages, good caller at the finish line.
This just seemed so much more smooth than the 10Ks I've done and I will be back next year without a doubt. Happy with my first half marathon time of 1h38 and hopefully I can knock some time from that in 2013. Strongly recommended, well done to all the organisers. Date of review: June 29, 2012
In short: Flat, fast and great atmosphere, excellent for beginners In full: I've done this one twice now, the 2 races in 2011. The Spring race was my first competitive race and a great introduction that gave me the bug.
The Autumn race this year had perfect weather, a friendly group of runners, a nice medal plus water, sweets and bananas at the end with no goody bag of tosh accompanying it.
I would definitely recommend it, even knocked 45 seconds off my PB. Date of review: October 15, 2011
In short: Toughest race I've done but really satisfying and the views are worth it In full: The course is focused around 2 big hills that are very steep. You start by climbing for about 2.5km on mud (it didn't help that it had rained the day before). The second climb is shorter but steeper and on sand. At some points the terrain means that even if you have the energy to run up the hills you can barely get above walking pace.
The views at the top of each hill are breathtaking.
A time of 50 minutes was better than I'd expected but I'm going to have to do it again to see if I can run the whole thing. Recommended. Date of review: August 29, 2011