In short: A great XC Half In full: Brilliant views, very challenging route - hills were one thing but the stairs really added to it.
A couple of sketchy moments where I was unsure of the route due to lack of marshalls. Mile markers are only at the water stations (4, 8 and 11.5 miles), which indicates you're unlikely to be running a PB.
Overall, a very worthwhile race, go for the challenge not the time. Date of review: August 22, 2012
In short: Hilly and Hot In full: Interesting start, given that cars were rolling through the start line until a group of people just stepped into the road to start the race.
Ridiculous start time of 11am, there are ferries from 7am allowing people to get to IOW early enough. For a mid-summer Half to start at 11 is crazy.
Tough course, good challenge, PB's are unlikely for most. I did the Needles XC half earlier this year in similar conditions and in fact ran mildly quicker, so that should put the course in perspective.
Given the entry fee I wouldn't expect road closures but maybe worth seeking some investment next year to reduce time spent, often alone, on busy roads. Date of review: August 21, 2012