Tom Fallon

Birmingham , United Kingdom
Member since Jul 2017

My Completed Races

2018
Market Drayton 10k
2018
Stafford Half Marathon
2018
Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon - Classic Distance
2018
Edinburgh's Toughest
2017
Bournville Leafy 10K

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

Wow, just wow

Edinburgh's Toughest

I entered this race whilst on holiday in Scotland, booked a few days before hand, all the information was absolutely spot on, I did not require anymore that had been communicated 

starting at the bottom on Arthur’s seat, we made our way around the rear and up to the summit, due to the snow that week, the terrain was very muddy, extremely difficult to run, walk and run was the option for many.

A sharp descent made up for the ascent, a water station was waiting at the bottom, for those who had chosen the short course, you pealed off here for the home stretch, for the long course it was back up to the top! A Ariel view of Leith docks made it worth it.

the event certainly lived up to the name, I can recommend this race for those who want a little more of a challenge.

Posted on 13.05.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

Lovely local event !

Market Drayton 10k

This race had the superb local feel that some of the larger races lack, the event village had everything you wanted, the run started through the town and wound its way around Market Drayton anti clockwise, passing through a number of housing estates, we were soon embarking on the hill, squaddies marshalling at the bottom ensured we did not lack encouragement !

after a grassy sprint iwe were soon collecting our lovely gingerbread man medal and excellent goodie bag, overall, a lovely day, well done MD, i will return.

Posted on 13.05.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.5

Stafford Half

Stafford Half Marathon

Re-arranged from the beast from the east, Everything was duplicated for today, a clear guide came with the race number with all the info you could wish for, car parking aplenty, free in most locations which was a bonus, a lot had deferred because of the date change, approx 2,600 ran in the event.

Running through the centre at the start was fairly narrow and a bit congested took about a mile to get going, the course looped around the town, crossing over several railway bridges for the west coast mainline, undulating in summary, energy sapping at times, the crowds were encouraging, Marshalling looked challenging as it was not completely closed roads, although many of the drivers were patient. 

With all good managed events, this appeared to be seamless, which is a good sign, no dramas, at the end, nice finish area, fab medal, T-shirt, no goody bag though? Unusual for the larger events. 

 

Posted on 15.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

Great Series Birmingham 10k

The Great Run crew are great, promoting running for all, mixed abilities are welcome to all theirs events, for this reason waves are mixed and associated to music of your choice, this may frustrate some club runners as a result of weaving from different pace groups.

atmosphere was great on this out & back course, turn around point was the popular Cannon Hill Park, through the famous Edgbadton Cricket Ground, a treat to those you have not accessed the venue before. Returning to Brum’s skyline, you pass the Bullring, the futuristic Selfridges building, sharp incline to the new finish point at Millennium Point, a green space there allows friends and family meet and greet.

The medal for these events has a much the same feel to them, a step down from the Bupa sponsored era, goody bag was well stocked. 

Certainly an event for mixed abilty, Running with work colleagues with a big city feel

Posted on 08.10.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Pure Beauty!

Tissington Trail Half Marathon

wow, what can i say? Superb organisation from start to finish, a coach trip from the finish to the start of this point to point race was seamless, we were met by the blustery wind as many of the club runners warmed up, portaloos a plenty, quick briefing and we were off on the klaxon.

Following the tissington Trail which if you do not know, is a disused railway through the Peak District, rolling hills, dry stone walls made this course interesting and stunning, the weather held off and it soon warmed up.

There were plenty of fuel stations, water, Jaffa cakes and jelly babies, were on offer, the surface was made up of compact gravel, so no need for trail shoes.

The organisers do not have rights to the path, it is not a closed event, all the cyclists and walkers I passed were very encouraging, offered support.

The final 400meters throws a curve ball, like every good story, I will not spoil the ending!

Great quality medal, no goody bag, that did not reflect badly, certainty value for money.

Posted on 07.10.17

Completed in 2017

4.8

Lovely local leafy race

Bournville Leafy 10K

A must do race for 2018, this locally hosted race by Bournville Harriers quickly sells out due to the uniqueness of this run. 

Starting off from Rowheath Pavilion a stones from from Cadbury’s, the course takes in the playing fields,  football matches are in full swing, beware of low flying footballs!

A swift run downhill, turning left by the model boating lake, no time to watch the flotillas, this takes you through a wooden area onto the main A38 Bristol Rd, sharp left up hole lane, steady incline takes you back into parkland, running through boggy grass you are soon into woodlands park, a short sprint through the housing estate you find yourself behind the running track, if you know your local history, this was gifted by The Cadbury family for the well-being of its workers, a steepish Hill brings you up into the playing fields, returning a half a lap brings you back to the start line, one final lap of the whole course makes it to 10k.

The organisation of this event was superb, the marshalls were very encouraging, although an open road event, local drivers waited and were patient for us to cross, excellent and well received.

This course have everything, mud, hills, tarmac, wooded areas, it had a cross country feel to it in the middle of south birmingham!

The Medal was a wooden leaf very apt of the environment, the goody bag was very well stocked, excellent with the treats, lots of chocolate, you can see why this sells out! 

Popular with local clubs, sign up quick to avoid disappointment.

Well done Bournville Harriers, it was a credit to your club

Posted on 01.10.17

Completed in 2017

4.8

Sandman Tri Sprint

The Sandman Triathlon

First time at AIM High event, I took the option of registering on the Friday night before the Saturday 07:40 start time, the event village was in full swing as the light was fading, very friendly and had a good vibe. Collecting my bib number and essentials was straight forward, managed by a team of experienced volunteerers. 

it was a pleasure to park in spitting distance of transition, as you are too aware, it makes things run smoothly when setting up, there were plenty of toilets, both portacabins and a toilet block, an update and commentary were informative as the sun rose over the stunning pine forest.

500 metre or so to the swim start across the sand, the wave was sufficient in numbers, as we entered the water, it was evident that it was not quite the high tide we aimed for, shallow in parts it made swimming impossible, wading in knee high surf, this disappointment was soon behind as a beautiful rainbow appeared as we exited through the sand dunes into T1

The bike like began climbing out of Newborough Forest and onto the local "open roads" friendly locals cheered us on, whilst drivers gave us plenty of room and respect, after a undulating 25km we entered the forest decent back to T2

The run Left had routed us in a clockwise circuit of the forest, so uphill for the first half through a combination of paths and muddy trails, passing across the descending bike leg, you ran through the sand dunes onto the stunning beach with the Snowdonia National Park as the back drop, if ever there was a more scenic location, let me know and I am there!

The final push was across the sandy bracket, up through the same steep sand dune as Swim exit and fown into the finish area in front of the event village.

isotonic Water, bananas, ginger biscuits and chocolate awaited those weary triathletes.

overall a well organised event in a truly stunning arena, one to tick off the bucket list and yes I will return! 

Posted on 19.09.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

60 Not Out

Bedford Half Marathon


I had chosen the Bedford half for my 60th Half Marathon, this Inaugural event had the feel of a large corporate race, but the atmosphere of a local run, supported in the main by club runners across the Home Counties.
A multi terrain, dumbbell shaped course, think Kingsbury Water Park & Arrow Valley with a sprinkle of Henley on Thames. Having a cross country feel in stages, perfect for those who tire of road races, the last mile on grass was particular challenging.
My main objective was to complete the course in time to return to the hotel with enough time to shower and check out, for those who know me, I do not run for PB's, just run to enjoy, with 60HM behind me, you think experiences counts, unfortunately not! Getting ready this morning I discovered I had no socks! Joking on Thursday with Paul about barefoot running, karma was fast approaching. A 6:30am dash scouring Bedford for a pair, finally purchased Tesco's finest, oh dear, let that be a lesson in complacency.
Overall a very enjoyable race, hot, but plenty of shade, not much support for a country park, those who cheered were encouraging, definitely a race for the calendar, thanks to Belinda, I purchased the Bibb clips earlier in the week, oh my what have I missed? A flapping Bibb number has often annoyed me over the years, they are fab, a perfect solution.
Plenty to eat and drink post race in a family picnic type environment, great medal and t-shirt too! Did not glance or take notice of my Garmin, I crossed the line around 1:55, all in all a great first event, well done Bedford.
And the socks? I have a blister the size of New York :-(

Posted on 03.09.17

Great race with local feel

Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon

Lovely Stu Webb organised point to point race, always a winner for the Running community, good vibe, well marshallled, nice medal, goodie bag, 10th anniversary means we also get a T Shirt.

back next year? Yes for sure 

Posted on 01.07.17

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Genuine Support out there !

i was taken back by the most genuine support at this event, apart from mile 20-22, the course was pretty much supported.

Posted on 17.04.16