In short: Excellent race In full: Organisation brilliant, marshalls were great,great medal and T shirt and goody back, support along the route was good, really would recommend this race to anyone,I will definitely be back next year Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: Friendly, well organised, beautiful scenery In full: The support from the large number of marshals, local residents, families and friends was amazing. Very hot and hilly but the water stations were there just when you needed them. Nice touch to be able to leave your drinks/gels at the stations. Fab medal! Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: 3rd time I've done it, brilliant! In full: Market Drayton is my home town and for the past 3 years I have brought several runners from my Manchester based running club to do it (despite the fact it clashed with the Great Manchester Run this year too). They love it. The goody bag is legendary.
The central town is pretty, but is only small and you run through it fairly quickly, but I like that it runs through residential areas as this means the entire route has spectators cheering - half of them I haven't seen for 20 years but am in no position to stop for a chat!!!
The flexibility of the organisers to transfer race numbers shows pure commitment and I hope this never changes. A few of our runners had to pull out last minute but we were able to transfer all the numbers at short notice to other runners in our club, which must have been manic for the organisers but great for the town and the race. I have never come across such accommodating race organisers.
The carnival atmosphere on the school field makes it a great family day out for those who have partners and children who think they've lost a loved one to running. My nephew even ran in one of the kids races this year.
I think you've gathered that I like this race and would recommend it. Date of review: May 13, 2015
In full: This was only my second half marathon but it was thoroughly enjoyable. Well organised at the start and plenty of loos (for blokes at least). The starting pen (I was in the 1.45-2.00 pen) were not over full and I had plenty of room to run in the first few miles without having to weave around, which can be a problem at other races.
There were 5 water stops at 2.5 mile intervals and an energy drink stop at 9 miles which was plenty. At one of the water stops, the water bottle did not have a nozzle which made it difficult but forgivable given the number of water stops. I'd also question the need to have 500ml bottles. Most runners just needed a few swigs and then discarded virtually full bottles. I would have thought that 330ml or even 250ml bottles would be enough.
The support and music round the course was excellent and I don't recall any bottlenecks. I quite enjoyed the Olympic Park section save for the gravel that had been put down at the incline as you passed the stadium. Hopefully one day the race can finish in the stadium itself.
Definite PB potential and would do it again. The price is a little steep but it seems to be in line with most of the Vitality races. I suspect that a large scale event in London is going to cost so I can live with it.
Medal and T-shirt were good. I'm never too fussed about the goody bag so long as I get some water, an energy drink and something palatable to it, which there was. Would highly recommend the race for beginners. Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: Hilly and hot but a p.b ...... Just! In full: Entered this one late after illness meant I couldn't do London. Very well organised event with very supportive stewards from Halstead RC. It was a hot day and I would class this as hilly rather than undulating but I guess this added to the challenge. Spent large parts running by myself through quiet villages which I found hard but I guess the upside of this is you're not fighting through crowds like in larger events such as London. A friendly well organised event if you fancy something different from big city marathons. Date of review: May 12, 2015
In short: Well-run event with great crowds and participants In full: One thing I would say is that I am sure the Olympic Park route will improve. Clearly the goal would be to finish in the Olympic stadium - something which is not possible until all of the building work has been completed.
If that happens, it would make this one of the best races out there I imagine.
Great support and impressive organisation and great people to run with makes it a great 1st choice for a Half Marathon. Seems as tho they do listen to feedback too. I recommend it - I managed around 2 hours for my first half marathon here, and that was carrying an injury. Date of review: May 12, 2015
In short: Day to remember In full: This is my 10th marathon and it completely lived up to my expectations, extremely well organised with a second to none atmosphere. A very hot day but extremely enjoyable. This is a challenging hilly course but beautiful scenery. Very pleased this one was my 10th achievement and would do it tomorrow if given the opportunity. Date of review: May 12, 2015
In short: best goodies bag, the streets were packed with supporters, In full: The fun run was well organized for the children before the main race. With plenty of time for parents to prepare for the 10K. Real community event with the towns youth organizations assisting the adults also. Scouts, Army cadets and Guides, Organisation is amazing. I am booking early as both main event and fun run sold out early this year. Date of review: May 12, 2015
In short: Very well organised, great friendly atmosphere & awesome goody bag In full: This is the 2nd year I have run this 10k and I was not disappointed. This year it was a family day out with my 2 children in the fun run, whilst me, my Mum & Auntie ran in the 10k. Lots to keep the children entertained with a bouncy castle and rides. The medal & t-shirt are great. I have already entered for next year. Date of review: May 12, 2015
In short: Awesome In full: Exceptional organisation, something for everyone,my dad came with me, hes 78,and he was an athlete years ago,he commented that he wished there had been events like that years ago, he would have loved it.Plenty of catering and lots of loos this year. Bring in 2016. Date of review: May 12, 2015