Thorpe Half Marathon – ★★★☆☆

 

Our team took on Thorpe Half on the 25th of February. With an overall FSE rating of 3.4.

Take a look below to see our thoughts on the race.

James – 1:46:25 (PB – 1:44:45) ★★★★☆

“Thorpe is a race that I like. It is one I intend to do most years, I will return in 2019 to race again. I do like the size of the field with roughly 1,500 entering. Makes for a good buzz and people encouraging you along the way.”

Favourite thing? 

I do like a race which has some cut backs involved, especially when running with friends. Being able to shout at everyone I knew and give high fives to Ollie and Liam was good. Great to have about the 3.5 mile marker.

Least favourite thing?

I felt that the start was quite rushed. We got there with an hour to spare, but massive queues for the toilets, and then baggage queues meant I actually started pretty much last. Spending a good 5k getting through people. Maybe it’s my lack of organisation, but seemed a bit too frantic to ensure the start time was met. I was still dropping my bag off when the gun went off.

Course?

The course was good and the fact its closed roads and through some very nice countryside made for a great experience. I think a little more could have been done to encourage locals to come to support. We ran past a lot of houses yet hardly anybody out supporting.

Value for money?

For £32 I think it was a good value race. This included a race medal, t shirt and closed road course.

The T shirt compared to last year seems a little bit like it’s gone down in value however. Think a little bit more could have been arranged for the goody bag at the end for the price.

Organisation?

A good amount of information was given up front and on the day it seemed to flow very well. Other than the start feeling a bit frantic I liked the overall day. I do know for the second year in a row there was an issue with medals. Last year having to cut off a piece and this year the top 300 people not receiving the correct medal.

Laura – 1:24:46 New PB! ★★★★☆

“Really enjoyed the race and the atmosphere on the day, would definitely race here again in the future. It’s just a shame it’s not a little later in the year so we can go into the theme park after!”

Favourite thing? 

I really enjoyed the route and thought the event village was great, offering lots of freebies and a well-earned massage post-race. I also thought the fact all race photos were free and put up on Facebook within a couple of hours was a really nice touch.

Least favourite thing?

The start funnel was small. With the vast quantity of runners waiting around in the event village before the start meant as soon as the announcement was made to make our way to the start, those trying to get closer to the front in order to be competitive got held back. My medal was also a bit of a disappointment.

Course?

Great course, loved the route and appreciated the mile markers, traffic free roads and water stations. Also lots of supportive marshals out on course and even a sign to tell you you’re nearly at the top of the hill!

Value for money?

I think this race was good value for money. It had a decent sized field which made it competitive and racing on traffic free roads is always nicer. There was also plenty going on in the event village post race and lots of freebies at the end including a t-shirt, medal and lots of sweets!

Organisation?

The pre race information was sent out in plenty of time before race day and was easy enough to find online if needed. On the day it was very simple to collect our race packs. The organisers had sent out an email warning competitors to arrive early due to the extra time needed to park and had offered alternative methods of getting to the park itself.

It was a little rushed getting everyone to the start but other than that everything seemed to run smoothly.

Liam – 1:24:46 New PB! ★★★☆☆

“Will definitely be back next year, the time of year meant the weather was perfect for running without being too cold or too hot. Being only the second year of this race, I hope the toilet issues and timing for organising the race start can be sorted for future events.”

Favourite thing? 

The bands scattered around the course were a great touch, especially the group of drummers! The marshalls were great too, very enthusiastic and motivating, I’m glad the weather held out for them!

Least favourite thing?

Cyclists, despite the event being closed roads a number of cycling groups decided to ignore this and having a group of 20 cyclists weave their way through runners is less than ideal.

Course?

Really enjoyed the course, was slightly gutted to find out a big hill from the previous year had been removed, hills tend to be where I make up some ground on the other runners.

Value for money?

The value for money was spot on, the time and organisation that goes into a closed road race will always carry a bit of a premium. Factor in the event tshirt, drinks, snacks and massages at the end, the value for money is there.

Organisation?

The race start came about very quick after queuing for nearly half an hour for the toilets. The announcements for sub 80 minutes, sub 90 minutes and sub 2 hours didn’t have enough time between them for runners to get to the start line area from the event village. This meant the first 2-3 kms were spent finding gaps between people to get ahead. Otherwise the organisation out on the course and pre-event was good.

Ollie – 1:39:30 (PB – 1:32:55) ★★★☆☆

“The experience was enjoyable overall. A lasting memory though was the quietness on the course and I may be needed to be gently persuaded to return next year. Marshalls were informative and enthusiastic which is always an added bonus.”

Favourite thing? 

I thought having the gifts and freebies at the end made the pain a little more bearable. It was nice also having your name read out on the loud speaker to get you over the line.

Least favourite thing?

I thought the support going round the course was lacking to say the least. The beginning was quite rushed and gave people little preparation times especially when dealing with queues for toilets and bag drop.

Course?

The course was pleasant and stayed away from too many hills. It was also interesting running over the motorway as this was a first for me (although very windy)

I would’ve liked another porta-loo stop on the course – however this could be just for me an unorganised competitor.

Value for money?

I think overall it was good value for money with the medal and all the freebies and an array of different services at the end helped to add touches that many events wouldn’t bother to do.

Organisation?

I thought the organisation was very good. The parking at the beginning was good and contained minimal holdups as was exiting Thorpe park. Marshall were nearly round every corner and bands were well placed around the course.

George – 1:55:58 (PB – 1:54:58) ★★★☆☆

“I liked the race, but would have liked the race course to utilise the theme park more, or run around more populated areas who would come out and watch.”

Favourite thing? 

I really enjoyed the race village, it was great to hang out there before and after the race. Parking was such an ease and stress free. Really liked the flapjack and protein shake at the finish was a nice touch.

Least favourite thing?

The warnings to go to the start line were limited and there was hardly any time between the, for example, 1:30 and 1:35 timings, I felt that it left the pack a bit jumbled and faster paced runners had to run around slower runners

Course?

Despite the course being fair it wasn’t overly challenging, also at times there was no support and it felt very quiet (the bands did help)

Value for money?

Good value for money, free parking always helps as saves a bit of money. Getting a nice medal and a T-shirt is always good. Decent value for the money for the closed road event.

Organisation?

The race was well run and they gave really clear instructions before and during the race which made everything really easy on the day not to have to worry about anything.

The course was easy to follow and good warning signs for drinks stations and mile markers.

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