In short: BELIEVE THE HYPE!!! In full: unbelievable special race! i did the great North run last year and was so disappointed,i think the only thing great about that race was the crowds,i was sceptical that this was going to be the same,how wrong i was! the crowds here are the best ive ever witnessed and i realise the nice weather helped that but the organisation is top notch for so many runners,so easy to get to the race and away from it. I was in a 4:30:00 pen due to entering 2 years ago but my estimated time was now under 4 hours so i was worrying that i would be blocked in all the way around,however this wasnt the case,there was the obvious odd bottle neck but nothing of concern and i weaved through the course to get home in 3.49 a new pb!I really dont think i can fault this race 1 bit, from the regular updates by email,to the bib collection,the expo(fantastic),race morning,the race itself and after the race, it was just all spot on, never heard my name shouted so much in all my life! I got my own place in the ballot and decided to run for the NSPCC and i would recommend it to anyone! they were fantastic with cheering points all around the course giving you a boost to food,drink and a massage after the race.A special special race and ive still not come down yet. So sad to hear about the runner who died though,my thoughts are with his family. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: All round quality - and great preparation for a spring marathon In full: Really well organized. Loads of pre-race info. Scenic route, undulating enough to keep things interesting. Plenty of noise and support in the villages en route. Water in bottles at regular enough intervals and a great bunch of water station volunteers. And a cracking goody bag full of lunch (even if I had to wait a while before I could manage the cheese cob). Thanks to everyone for putting on a top class event, I will hope to be back for another hoody next year. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: People of Brighton I thank you! In full: There are those that say there is no longer any community spirit in this country. They must be the ones who haven't run or watched the Brighton Marathon. Simply the friendliest race I have ever done both in terms of runners and supporters. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In full: This was my first half marathon. I enjoyed the route, it was scenic and just hilly enough, with some good gradual climbs, but nothing too horrific. There was a nice atmosphere as well, and the marshalls were all good.
There were some problems before the race with the baggage drop, we were queueing for 40 minutes, and still weren't anywhere near the front by five minutes before the race. This was resolved, but meant that I was more stressed before the race than I'd have liked to have been, and this could have been sorted earlier.
Lots of people were complaining about lack of toilets, but there were loads more toilets within sight from where everyone was queueing and complaining, so I'm not sure how they could have made this more obvious. There were even some proper indoor toilets, which I used without having to queue.
The goodie bag was dissapointing, and the medal was very generic. The goodie bag contained some lea and perrins sauce and some cooking oil, which is surely a bizzare inclusion in a half marathon goodie bag. The T-shirt was also pretty dissapointing.
I would definitely do this race again, purely for the route which I really enjoyed, and the cost which seems to be lower than lots of similar events. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In full: This was the first time this race has been held so there were inevitably some teething problems. Apparently some of the front runners weren't being directed at the end of the first lap, but this wasn't a problem by the time I got there, and there were some issues with the timing, although again this was fixed by the time I finished.
There was a nice friendly atmosphere, I quite liked the route, but would have been nice for Walsall Council to get behind the event and close the roads, for an hour, and to have allowed the run to follow the old 10k route rather than having 2 laps of the 5k route. The route wasn't ideal for running off road as there were lots of verges, and most people took to running in the road, which made overtaking difficult.
I was pleased with the goodie bag, which wasn't spectacular but better than other events I've been in, and the medal was good for such a small run.
My big problem was that the course wasn't 10k, Strava measured it at 9.5k. This was disappointing as I was on for a pb.
I enjoyed the run, and would do it again next year, because it's a local event, although it certainly wasn't perfect. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: Awesome In full: Just the BEST thing to do. london marathon or offas???? ummmmmm (for us) a nice day out, lovely scenery, beautiful course, not crowded, oh yeh and CHEAP as chips not much of a decision really.
In short: Well organised, tough race In full: Well organised race. Plenty of marshalls at the right places. A pretty fast field of runners. All the seasons in 1 day, but a great race to push your limits. A bargain in terms of cost as they only request a donation. Well done on another great race to all involved. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: Everyone should give this one a go! In full: First road race I've attempted and really loved it. The volunteers and spectators were all stars and I'm sure their cheering helped me to get a PB. Really well organised event and a lovely day out by the seaside. Great medals and selection of goodies at the end too which was a nice surprise. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: First road race.....ever In full: This was my first attempt at a road race, or race of any kind to be precise, and really enjoyed it!!! I finished in 53:27 and as a 32yo beginner I was very pleased. Will definitely be back next year, perhaps even running the marathon! Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: Beauty and the beast In full: The tough bits were tough, the river side run was a god send. Great race if this is your thing. I'm not built like a mountain goat so some of the down hills were not for me. Well done Chepstow for putting on such a great event. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: An up and down the prom race In full: A Fylde production which all run like clockwork. The wind was a bit of a nuisance on the way out but a bonus on the way back.A small field which one would hope improves over the years. The scenery is not inspiring but as a training run or an attempt at a pb , this is the one. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: Tough but loved it! In full: Great little race, friendly with lots of first timers (like myself) & not at all intimidating. Challenging but would highly recommended it. Really well organised with lots of friendly marshals. In short - a lovely race:-) Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Very enjoyable In full: This was my first half marathon joggle, so due to the juggling I didn't really get a chance to look around much. I ran in charity costume, so combined with the juggling was much slower than I normally am. The wind took its toll too. Great organisation though, and I enjoyed receiving a mug rather than a medal (I found medals a bit useless and a waste of space). Definitely do it again. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Charming village race In full: Apparently there was some other race on in London today, but what could be nicer than tripping through the bluebells at Hartfield? This is just a little village event, but friendly and well marshalled. When it has been raining the course is very muddy, and even on a perfect day like this, it is still gnarly enough to banish any thoughts of a PB. A 'fun' run in the very best sense of the word. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Nicely organised event In full: Well sorted event. They've clearly been doing this for a while now and it all went off pretty much like clockwork.
The only reason that I'd consider not coming back is because of the hill(s). I do train on some 'up and down' routes but the climb up Spooky Hill on lap two is not something that I'm sure I want to sign up for again.....
Big thumbs up for all of the marshals who were clearly enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm definitely is/was appreciated.
Final nit-pick - It's not a big thing at all but is it just me that prefers tee-shirts that bear a date - even just the year - of the event? Looking at the tee-shirts given over the last few years at this event it seems like I may be in a minority as none seem to have been 'time-stamped' in the past either........oh well. Date of review: April 13, 2014