In short: Two years in a row and will be back next year. In full: Absolutely lovely setting. This was my first half and that was it I was hooked. I was back again this year and will be back again and again. Run round a beautiful estate with plenty of water stops. It's not the cheapest race and the goodies are sparse, but the setting and scenery easily make up for it. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: Hilly but quiet roads. Really well organised for a small event. In full: Entered this just because it was 1/2 mile from my house. I have to say I wasn't disappointed with the organisation, even timing chips for every runner. Can of Redbull also included before the start and after an interesting and fairly challenging course a goody bag and medal at the end. It's more than I been given at many of the bigger races I've entered. I would throughly recommend making the trip to take part next year. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: Fun and Friendly. Narrow in places so get to the front early if you want to set a time. Great for a first In full: Right lets get the bad stuff out of the way: 1. Getting there by car was awful. Plenty of parking, but my god the queues. 2. Baggage collection was appalling both before and after. The queue for took almost as long as the race! 3. At places it was really narrow with traffic going past inches away, not unsafe but hard to pass. Right good bits: 1. Very friendly, lots of chatting before the start. 2. Reasonably picturesque with nice stuff to look at. 3. Pace runners were brilliant and were really helping before I got injured. 4. Lots of medics! 5. Plenty of drinks stations. 6. A great goody bag with recovery gel and some walnutty cake thingy was very welcome. 7. Massage tents that looked great, but as it took so long to get my wallet back I wasn't able to use it!
All in all a pretty good showing for the second event and I think it will only get better, well worth a punt next year!