In short: Good training run In full: 25 miles, partly off-road, with navigation thrown in, has got to be good prep for a marathon. I don't think many, if any, were racing; much more of a steady run. I'm not sure how you rate PB potential on a one of a kind course, but if I did it again I'd read the directions more carefully and skip the extra half mile I added at the end! Plenty of snacks all the way round if you like eating on the run, marshalls all friendly - and it only cost a quid. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Friendliest marshalls ever In full: Didn't actually notice the scenery; I spent the whole race looking at the tarmac in front of me! But really nice marshalls, results up quickly after the race, nice t-shirt - can't complain. Just realised it's the first long distance race I've done with no medal - but big deal, I've got enough of them sitting in a box already.
Didn't like the lap round the field though, because the mud was slippery, particularly on the final stretch - simply couldn't spring properly. That said, it would probably have been fine on any other day. There was one K marker which was more like 750m, and the 1/2m marker was way dodgy too. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: No frills race for people at the quick end looking for a pb In full: More of a club league cross country than a normal weekend event! I think it's more of a pb race than a pb course - the course has it's fair share of twists and turns, but the field is much higher quality than, say, St Neots 1/2, so if you're quick you'll have plenty of company to carry you along. By the same token, Mrs Nutkey says it got a bit lonely at the slower end. Value for money - yes, but if I'm driving 40 miles to get there anyway then an entry fee of 7 quid versus 10 isn't really a factor. Let's have a slightly higher entry fee, and maybe the organisers could afford a megaphone and a snackbar at the finish... Date of review: December 7, 2004
In short: Not as tough as you might think In full: My first half marathon, and still my favourite one. Good time of year, and an undulating rather than a hilly course make for fast times. Date of review: November 14, 2004