so Milton Keynes half was my second half this year and my 5th half so far. Those that don’t know I run to control my condition known as POTs postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. I’m well controlled and manage my condition well. It will be come clear why I’m telling you this later
I registered a while ago as people had told me this course was good for a pb as was fairly flat. There was regular updates from the organises and in days leading up to event information about what to do in the heat etc.
getting to start was easy the baggage drop is one of the easiest I have been to and plenty of toilets (always important) I was in yellow pen and was running with my race buddy we couldn’t get into pen to start with but once first wave went off they filtered us in.
The first part of course is onthe road this was nice and wide and didn’t feel congested. it is fairly flat but there were some inclines but these felt hard in the 27 degree heat. There were water stops every 3 miles and plenty of local support. The last 5-6 miles are through country paths which were lovely and scenic (from what I remember) sadly mile 10 and things started to go wrong for me. I had slowed my pace for this race due to the heat as POTs and heat is not a good combo. My awesome run buddy kept me going but it wasn’t pretty.
The stadium finish was amazing but sadly on crossing the finish line I collapsed. From what I’m told I got medical suppprt very quickly and I was very well looked after. I recovered within about an hour and after been checked over was allowed to go home. The risk of my condition is that I will collapse. I have been out running since and I am fine
so would I run it again yes definitely but I have agreed that I will only run if not hot as not worth the risk again. This is a fab course
Posted on 15.05.18
I took part in this race for the first time. This is part of a race series and is held every second Sunday of the month. I believe they open it up the 600 runners
Registration was very simple as was collecting my race number on race day. They even provided pins.
Parking is busy and make make sure you have change or card for the machine it was £2.50 for 2 hours or £3 for the whole day.
toliets were very limited for us ladies but queue moved quickly and this is out of the organisers hands.
I missed the breifing due to toliet queue lol and missed the start but only by 30 seconds. But given it’s on a chip I wasn’t worried. The first km felt cramped but I was right at the back so needed to pass people. But they soon spread out.
the course is not flat with a hill near the start and a few more dotted around. They are small and short lived but the views are stunning and love Running here.
The marshals were regularly spaced although some of them seemed a little young. There is one water station at around the 6km but the water was in cups (pet hate) now this is fine during colder months but this neededs to be looked at in the hot weather.
This coyrse is not traffic free yog havd members of public public out walking most who keep to one side but they are travelling in both directions. There are also cyclist I found these less considerate and am slightly worried someone might get injuries. Not sure there is anything the organisers can do about this.
The bag at the end was well stocked with a lovely medal, water, protein shake, sweets and a chocolate bar. You could also chose from a hat or headband. Nice touch from your usual t shirt.
My plan is to run this again it was lovely views not to busy but enough people to help push your pace. Just need to watch for general public and cyclists
Posted on 12.02.18
my only half this year. This was a mass start with 10km runners at the back. The half is two laps which I'm not a fan of if I'm honest as it's a bit soul destroying. The start was well organised plenty of toilets and able to collect pack with ease.
You had to park and walk in which isn't my idea of fun before a race. I found the course challenging. Some of that might have been my POTs flare after 7km. The course was well marshalled and they were very encouraging. The mile markers were not obvious and that made it difficult for me. The course is through woodlands and at times twisting and turning and I found it undulating. Plus there is a killer hill that was not nice that you have to do twice if doing the half
there were water stations with bottled water at 5, 10 and 15km it's a shame nothing else was offered or a bit more frequent but that is personal preference. I enjoyed the views and there was good local support but I'm not sure I would do it again other than to prove to myself I can do it as I struggled
Posted on 10.10.17
this was my first half in 4 years and my first half since being diagnosed with POTs. What can I say I love Bournemouth, this course offers you beautiful views, well marshalled, plenty of feed stations including gels. The course is well sign posted and great support. The bonus is the marathon starts a hour later. I was able to complete the course get back to sisters beach hut and cheer on the marathon runners.
This course does have one steep uphill onto the cliff top but what goes up must come down
Posted on 10.10.17
this was my first women's only race and I loved it. Will be back again next year. You have the choice to do a 5km or 10km. I did 10km which is to laps. There were pacers which helped and I sat between 50min and 55min pacer. The course was well sign posted with regular water stations although one station top the tops off which isn't helpful when trying to run a pb (water everywhere).
You do need to watch for public traffic on the route route but everyone soon got out the way. It was well marshalled with a great medal and goody bag. I managed to bag myself a new pb. The course was fairly flat with a few twists and turns but nothing difficult with some lovely views. I really enjoyed this. Plenty of parking will be back next year
Posted on 25.09.17
So this is my 3rd time of running the two castles. This is a 10km course that can be challenging there are a lot of hills or at least it feels like it. If you want something a little more challenging it's a good course and I actually enjoy the hills they are short.
this year they ran a ballot as is a very popular course and I believe approx 4000 people take part.
Beautiful views along the way and lovely to start in one castle and finish in another. The event is well marshalled with lots of toilets (always important). There are km markers and water stations are sign posted. The roads are closed so no traffic to worry about and plenty of space
there are three water water stations along the route however one of them today unhelpfully removed the sports cap so ended wearing a lot of the water lol (might not be a bad thing was warm)
lots of local suppport cheering you on handing out goodies along the way even when I have done it in the rain.
The finish is is a bit of a bottle neck but once through the finish you are very quickly moved to goodie bag with a t-shirt and medal, you also get a water and snack bar (yummy)
this course i really enjoy and love the hills running from Warwick castle to kenilworth castle is lovely through the countryside. I will be back next year
Posted on 11.06.17