In short: Great race, hilly challenge, lots of marshalls, water stations were not signed posted well enough in advance and the sponge staation was not great at the back of hte pack. Good T shirt, not fussed on a medal, but a banana or mars bar would be good In full: Marshalls super, water stops the water was very small - had to ask for 2 cups each time, no food at end - the Ricky road run has it sussed for food.
In short: Stressful at the start trying to get through all the crowds to drop your luggage off, but v quick once at that point. Pacers were not good, could not find the 2.15 person at start line so positioned myself in-between the 2h and 2h30 In full: First ever half marathon, great location, great atmosphere, great weather, great route however was spoilt for me for the following reasons:-
Stressful dropping off luggage - had to walk all the way through crowded areas to the luggage drop literally had 10 mins spare after that - not a great way to start
First half marathon, looking for a 2h20 so wanted to go with the 2h15 pacer, couldn't find her at start she was not there at the gun, the 2h and 2.30 was there. Spent first 4 miles with my head looking behind me every few minutes, and then at the u turn saw her as I was heading back, by about mile 7.5 she went passed me and I lost her at mile 9.5. Then at mile 11.5 the 2h30 guy jogged passed my at the last water stop passed hove, no one was around him, I could not believe it... he finished about 3 mins in front of me i.e. NOT in 2hours 30! ( it took us 5 mins to get to the line) are they paid to run - if so I am NOT impressed
My Garmin showed 13.5 miles - at 13.1 I was 2h19
At one lucoazde station my bottle hadn't been opened ( yes I am a first timer and did not notice) so had to use my teeth to bit into it.
I have only ever done a few small 10k runs, a local race, the Ricky Road Run that is very well organised, a Hellrunner and SOTF so some big events -
In summary crowd were great, route, weather just spoilt by the above
We all deserve an official statement Date of review: February 20, 2012