In short: Amazing first marathon! In full: Absolutely fabulous race, my 1st marathon and loved every minute. Supporters were fabulous all the way round as were the marshals, loads of drink stations prob need a few more loos as could have got my sub 5hrs if I didn't have to q twice but my aim was to just get round and enjoy it and that it what I did! Hated the little cheeky hill on the last mile but absolutely loved the downhill to the finish. I said I only ever wanted to do one marathon but very tempted to sign up for next year now. Totally awesome event well done everyone involved! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Great credit is due to all the marshalls both on the course and on the campus, they were brilliant. Thank you all. In full: Although there were many portaloos around the campus there were still at times long queues. Had there been some of the circular gents urinals the ladies might not have had to queue for so long and people might not have had to witness men urinating in the open field near the start line. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Challenging race, but very enjoyable. In full: This was my third Chichester half marathon and I definitely will be back (with more hill training) next year to master that hill. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole race. Marshals were very helpful, water stations well stocked with bottled water and locals suporting along the route. Thank you very much to everyone who made this race so enjoyable! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Just awesome In full: This was my first marathon and it was fantastic. It takes in some beautiful sites in the city such as York Minster. The surrounding area is very nice too with some lovely villages, but fog obscured a lot of the countryside. The people of York and the villages around like Holtby, Stanford Bridge etc are an ansolute credit to themselves. Lining the streets to cheer on and offer refreshments & things like Jelly babies to complete strangers was awesome to see. Very much like the great north run. My only gripe would be asking for a few more direction signs on the ring road to the park and run from further out, but that was a very minor issue.
Overall I couldn't recommend the event enough to people, I'd love to do it again next year. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: A lovely little race! In full: Starting with the directions to the free car-park, that was about 100yds from the start-line, this race was well organised. The small field made it friendly and not over-crowded on the narrower parts of the path. Taking us past through the park, along the river and then onto the canal tow-path before the long stretch back to the castle, the route was interesting and scenic. My favourite section (because it was dead flat as well as pretty) was where the canal crosses over above the river - the view would have been even better without the fog! Lots of marshals made up for the lack of crowds, and the finish straight was nicely placed for a final sprint. I could have wished for a baggage tent to leave some warm clothing, on such a cold day, but as the car was so near this wasn't a major problem. The provision of a tent for bags would be a nice touch, as would a little more cheering from the (younger) marshals. Very decorative medal too. Can't understand why I haven't come across this race before. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: New organisers have become greedy - couldn't cope with number of entrants. In full: Let me start by saying how great a job the volunteers did.
What let things down was the poor organisation of transport from the car park at the Mini plant to the Kassam Stadium. There were not enough buses to get everyone to the start in time and I also believe they ran out of space in the car park.
The course was slightly changed from previous years and was very narrow in (additional) places making over-taking difficult. There were also some hair-pin turns in it which weren't particularly safe. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Very well organised, just didn't like the route In full: This race ran like clockwork - online parking booking, loads of shuttle buses to the uni campus for race HQ, which meant waiting inside - nice. Everything clearly signposted and nowhere was too busy. The locals made this race - every village that you ran through has people sat / stood outside cheering you on, often with jelly babies and the like. The entertainment even extended to a pipe band, in the middle of nowhere - with a countryside route, there were inevitably quiet sections between villages and clearly efforts were made to punctuate these sections with some entertainment. What I didn't like was that it felt that there was too much downhill in the first half, and then the second half was predominantly an out and back at one end of an A road, and then an out and back at the other end - this felt like a long, slow drag, with a bit of downhill to the turn around point, and so another climb on the way back. This sapped my mental energy, and although the next few villages were flat, once back in York, there was another long drag at 24-25 miles, which was again very difficult. The worst point for me was getting to the top of the hill, and then seeing a big gantry with a timing clock above it, and, thinking this was the finish, I picked up speed for a strong finish, only to see a sign saying 'Nearly there' - it wasn't the finish ... I hated that, and was too grumpy to enjoy the final downhill section to the real finish. The finish area was again well organised - I liked that T-shirts of each size were on show for you to decide which size would fit. It felt like a long walk back to pick up baggage - but eventually bag returned I could get myself organised and return for the bus. There were no clear (any?) signage for the buses, so we had to rely on our memories for where to go. A nice touch was passing a bar on the campus on the way to the buses - a cup of tea to take on the bus really hit the spot. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: BTR - well done In full: 10k & half marathon on a flat, fast course. excellent organisation as usual, nice course, good finish area with the usual excellent medal and t-shirt Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Let down by park & ride In full: Like others here, the park & ride was a nightmare - arrived at 08:30 on foot and joined the snakey queue for the bus. Arrived at the stadium at 09:20 and we were told the start had been delayed which was obviously needed as when I looked out the bus window on leaving the P&R at the queue of cars trying to enter, it was clear a lot of people were going to be unhappy.
The parking should have been better organised - marshals were a bit lax; traffic lights stopping cars entering: basic stuff - so needs to be sorted for next time.
The first few miles of the course were a bit boring and the first mile marker at 6m 30sec left me thinking old Roger had a challenger, but alas, no. Not that I could judge mile 2 or 3... or 4 or 5 since the next one I saw was 6!
Good organisation around the course and some nice bits in the town although the long stretch along the river got a bit narrow in places.
I'd definitely do it again and try to start a bit forward to avoid the stretches where it was hard to pass. I'll also look at parking somewhere close to the stadium!
In short: tough but great fun In full: really enjoyed this one, superb route with a mix of everything. Getting up The Trundle was hard work but worth if for the magnificent scenery. Very well organised and marshalled, some good support from the public just made the whole event very welcoming. Recommended Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: well done ware joggers In full: second time I've done this race, did it last yr when it was cold wet & miserable, this yr it was perfect running conditions a big thanku to the marshals who as always do a superb job, it runs like clockwork easy parking very friendly Date of review: October 12, 2014