In short: As a new runner I would describe this as hilly rather than 'undulating' In full: This was my first ever race, and I took part as part of my VLM training. The course was very pretty, but a lot of this was completely wasted on me as I was exhausted by the hills. I realise that I am newbie, and seasoned runners will probably find the hills a lot easier to cope with but I found them very difficult.
The marshalls were lovely and encouraging (especially as I was towards the back of the race) And special thanks to the lovely ladies at the top of the second hill for your encouraging words)
The first water stop was very much needed after the hilly start, but it was nearer to mile 5 than 4. Bottled water would of been preferable to cups, but I now know to take a bottle for my next race. It wasn't a huge problem though, I just stopped for a few seconds to take on some fluids.
Thankfully there was a lovely downhill finish, with the finish line in sight from the top of the hill.
Sparse goody bag, but to be honest, I'd just finished my first half marathon so I didn't really care!
All in all, a lovely route, a perfect sunny morning, but a tough course. The VLM is relatively flat so I'm hoping these hilly races will put me in good stead for that! Date of review: March 13, 2013