In short: Fantastically organised race In full: My first marathon and a great one to start with. The organisation was superb, plenty of marshals and supporters. Not as flat as I hoped but was warned about the hill at 23 miles. Thoroughly enjoyed the event, would recommend to any first timer. Date of review: October 9, 2015
In short: lovely marathon by the seaside In full: last year i ran the 5k at dusk and that was very special and had a great atmosphere so came back o do the full marathon this year. poor communication from the race organisers regarding how frequent the expensive shuttle bus from the finish to the start line pre-race.course got a bit tiresome with the turns and up and backs continuously.some good pockets of support along the way and the weather was glorious.tech tshirt and huge medal and also a great goody bag were well received.a very expensive race to do so wont be back again anytime soon with other great races on same weekend but glad i got it done and ticked off.pb's are def there for the taking with mostly flat course and only a couple steep hills at mile 13 and 17.the last 8 miles seemed a real slog with the out and back part and soul destroying. Date of review: October 9, 2015
In short: Great race - shame about the canal stretch at the start In full: A really great race, well organised and a super atmosphere. This was only my 2nd ever 10k and thoroughly enjoyed it. Only downside is that for the first 2,5k to 3k it is mainly run along the canal in single file with no way to overtake. So after 3k I knew my chances of a 10k PB was not going to be possible which was a little disappointing. However, managed to make up some time in the 2nd half of the race and great to finish in the stadium. Great value too! A race, medal and tshirt for £8 is very good. I will run next year but will look to start faster to get in the right group for my pace! Date of review: October 9, 2015
In short: Great facilities and organisation really nice friendly event In full: Fifth time I've done this event and as usual all very impressive. I've done lots of other events and don't think I've found any with better facilities and organisation. Great course although I think the hills get a little steeper each year. An unfortunate incident when a runner suffered a cardiac arrest but marshals were on the scene within seconds and paramedics in less than 3 minutes which is very reassuring and thanks to them and several runners who stopped to help he is reported to be making a good recovery. Will be back again next year. Date of review: October 9, 2015
In short: Friendly, pretty, well-organised race on an undulating course. In full: Positives: organisation; race T- shirt given out before the start so lots of people wore it for the event; good parking; comfy loos in W.Kent College (go up to the third floor!) Negatives: none ... But I prefer a less time being talked to over the PA system before the start. Date of review: October 9, 2015
In short: really enjoyed it! In full: Great organisation getting runners to the start! Lovely scenery, didn't really feel like a race as no congestion on the route. Got a pb and couple of prizes, can't grumble at that :-) Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: The best non city based marathon I've yet run. In full: Okay it starts in a (small) city, but most of the Chester marathon is on rural roads - still no small feat to close the entire route to traffic which made for a worry free marathon. Superbly organised, couldn't pick a single fault with it. Ran my first 2:45 there so it's a quick course, although with plenty of undulations there are quicker marathons out there. Would highly recommend. Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: Still one of my favourite races!! And a new half marathon PB In full: Another wonderful morning spent in West London for my 2nd Ealing Half Marathon. I was doing two half marathons this day and Ealing was the first of the two. Everything was brilliant and exceeded the excellent high standards of the 2014 run. Friendly atmosphere, marshals really helpful, wonderful crowd support from the people of Ealing and a new gorgeous medal. The plan was to run this one as fast as I could so I could make my train for the Windsor Half and this year I just flew round. Previous PB of a half marathon being 1:28:29 & for Ealing in 2014 I clocked a 1:32:38 so delighted to have smashed both with a 1:27:06.
Must give a mention as well to the fantastic team on their Twitter and Facebook page as well as the constant monthly emails of news, tips and other handy information always keeping everyone really well informed. Also, can't forget the complimentary car sticker that I received! My Dad now has that car sticker in his car!
Will this win half marathon of the year again? Don't be surprised to see this as the winner next year... Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: Scenic, well-organized, and no wait for toilets In full: Easily accessible from the railway station and makes a great day trip out. Great organization and enthusiastic local support. Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: Good race but the short hills can catch you out In full: This was my first marathon and got round in the time I was expecting - albeit a bit quicker so all good. Lots of support around the course, plenty of water stations and gels (although I had my own supply), good big medal and technical shirt. I can't recall seeing any mile markers from around mile 20-25, maybe they were there but at that stage I was paying more attention to my watch and pace and knew I had to get back to the pier and it would all be over.