In short: Great atmosphere In full: Fab race for all abilities, Chris, Andy and all the team do a spectacular job of organising the race giving so much of their free time and the additional training runs eacb month are priceless. Can't recommend highly enough!! Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Enjoyed my first half marathon In full: first time I'd ran a half marathon after doing 20+ 10k runs, really enjoyable and very well organised, the hill at the end did me in though but I'll be back next year to beat my time. I would recommend this race to anyone wanting to run a well organised half. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Enjoyable race In full: Very enjoyable although the last mile seemed hard (doesn't it always?) but the finish was worth it. Well organised and names on race numbers was a nice touch. Regular updates via e-mail leading up to race day. Would definitely recommend this race. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: A good Race with real PB potential. Amazing support around the route but some things that could have been better. In full: My first time running Manchester Marathon on the basis of its flat and fast nature. A true PB course and one that I took full advantage of. The support around the course was superb throughout, a real credit to the people of Manchester and the surrounding boroughs.
On the negative side, the timing and online tracking was woefully bad. I believe they used the same company in 2014 and believe that concerns were raised after that race (this is just what i'm led to believe) Surprising for a race with such a high profile and when you consider that there are other companies out there that can do it flawlessly.
I also thought that the T-shirt was a bit lack lustre being plain with hardly any design. Again, I expected better and have received better in much smaller, cheaper and non corporately sponsored events.
Finally, the start and finish location.. For me, not the best... Yes, good for parking but not conducive for spectators to come and watch the start and hang round for the finish... Maybe a city centre start or finish would allow spectators to go off, entertain themselves and make a day of it whilst us nutters are running..
For those reasons I didn't come away wanting to do it again... If I wanted another fast course I'd probably find another race.
In short: a great first half marathon. organisation was amazing even down to an amazing amount of portaloos in morning! In full: The live bands, great uplifting crowds lining the cheshire countryside to cheer runners and the amazing organisation made this run great. The two inclines in the last mile were an unexpected challenge but completely forgotten about by the time i crossed the finish line! Will be back to do Chester half 2016! Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Fantastic event. In full: a great cause, and a fantastic event. 2 laps around Upton country park, mostly on trail paths, some mild hills, but nothing stupid. Don't concern yourself about a PB, but just kick back, enjoy the scenery, and the downhill stretch to the finish. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: I'll definitely be back next year In full: My first half marathon and I really enjoyed it. Lots of great support from friends and strangers especially the last 1/2 mile into the city centre. Big thanks to the guy between miles 11 and 12 with the garden hose spraying the runners (if you wanted it). The refreshing shower really helped get me up the hill past the uni. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: The city centre finish is magic, great to mingle with all the other runners and supporters with a coffee or a beer after a rewarding race.A real "big event" atmosphere. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Pleasantly surprised! In full: I signed up on the day with no real expectations, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! Nice flat course, much more scenic than I had anticipated (not as much Green Park, in a good way!) and a really lovely atmosphere, which played to the lovely weather. It was hard to get going at the start, but I think that comes with all races that are designed to cater for all abilities. Being all inclusive can never be a bad thing :-) Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Well organised, friendly, supportive, excellent race. In full: This is the second time I've done the Chester half and once again I throughly enjoyed the experience. From the excellent training runs in the months prior to the race and the excellent facilities at these training runs as well as the amazing flapjacks!!!! The pre race day information including emails. On the day, excellent facilities once again, hundreds of toliets, estimated finish time starting pens, challenging but fair course with excellent scenery, incredible support all the way around, cracking atmosphere, this really is the most fantastic running race I have competed in. Highly recommend, brilliant as always Date of review: May 18, 2015