I was a bit worried about doing a 5 lap Half Marathon as I've previously struggled with a lapped 10km, however it was actually really good to know exactly what the conditions would be for the next four laps and helped me to mentally prepare and also speed up on the downhill/back wind parts of the course in order to make up time on the more challenging parts!
It was great to run past the start/finish area multiple times as the crowds were enthusiastic and there was a commentator and water station situated here. Marshalls were enthusiastic despite the weather and it was good to have loud encouragement and music halfway round the course as it can get lonely away from the spectators.
Despite the bad weather, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the race HQ was well organised with plenty of space for runners and spectators to shelter from the rain. The pop-up shops were great as it provided a chance to 'try before you buy' from brands that only sell online.
There was plenty of snacks and hot/cold drinks available to purchase, free pre- and post-race massages, and the goodie bags were good quality - water, bananas, protein balls, jelly beans, etc.
The medal is unique - ties in with the motoring theme - and it's always nice to get a finishers' tee included!!
The only downside I found was the lack of briefing before the race start. Email correspondence before the day was good, but a verbal reminder, especially on a lapped course, would have been helpful at the start line.
Although not the cheapest, I would recommend this race to anyone as it is relatively flat and fast, the course is unique and the 12 o'clock start time meant no super early wake up! I would definitely consider returning.