In short: Expensive, but good fun.T-shirt issue sorted! In full: Had a great time despite the no so great weather. The crowds really made the event, cheering all the way and more jelly babies than you could eat in a month! Slight grievance about being stood around waiting in a long queue to get medals and goody bags/ T-shirt. The goody bag was fantastic though, with plenty of food and drink. Shame the price is so steep, but worth doing at least once, with a really quick course! Date of review: March 5, 2014
In short: Hard work, but worth it In full: My god when they say hilly half, they aint kidding. It's a killer!! But really good fun, with a beer at the end for your troubles. There are some flat and downhill bits, but as you run down you get the realisation that you're gonna have to go back again as the front runners come boming past you in the opposite direction!! Well worth the money, I said never again afterwards, but am already poised to put my application in for this year! Date of review: February 26, 2014
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!