In short: Fantastic course! APART FROM THE END!! In full: This is the 6th time I have run this and I enjoy it every year. The support along the route is fantastic and really helps push you along.
It's just such a shame that it gets ruined at the end by 2 bits of track where you double back on yourself! it just sapps the last bits of energy you have trying to get round the tight corners and you loose all momentum!
if they got this sorted it would be great! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Good little Half Marathon In full: This was the 1st running of the Cheshire Half Marathon. There were about 550 runners, plenty of car parking and space for the kids to run around whilst waiting (Note - Arley Hall was not open to public until 11am and were not allowing spectators to visit). Could have done with a few extra toilets, but most races seem to struggle with this. The course was mostly flat with a few little inclines (Nothing too taxing). The route is essentially 2 laps, mainly through the countryside and the Arley Hall estate, so lots of fields and trees. There was a bit of traffic on the roads and at times there were cars trying to pass runners & oncoming traffic which led to some distractions. The large groups of Sunday cyclist on the roads also made for some close calls on some bends. There was no ban on headphones, but with the amount of cars this should probably be considered for next year. There was one water station that you passed twice on the 2 laps of the run, and I had no problem with it, although I have heard others say the water ran out later in the run. The marshals did their job well, and the route was clearly marked, with mile markers. Very few spectators on the course, getting your name announced over the finish line is always a nice touch! The finishers medal is really nice, colourful & detailed. You also got a cotton t-shirt, banana's, flap jack, water and free lucozade (before & after the run). Overall, for a first time event it was very good. Results were on line before I got home, and their communication via email and facebook is very good and a nice personal touch that you often don't get in larger events. The only reason I would not run this again is that I was only visiting the area when I spotted the race and I wouldn't drive 4hrs + especially to run this race again. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Very tough hilly marathon In full: Great value race and fab medal and t-shirt but would rather pay an extra few quid and have more drinks stations - 3 stations for a very hot August marathon didn't seem anywhere near enough (and I carried my own drinks too). This marathon hurt more than a 50 miler on the flat. Got lost a couple of times which added around a mile extra but all added to the fun. Most confusing bit was the final mile where a lot of people seemed to go astray !!! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Very badly organised and late starting In full: Race was nice but did not like the double back thing. The route into the car park was dreadful the parking a shambles the marshalls were hopeless. Not enough toilets people were having to find bushes to go behind. I will not be running this again very disorganised Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: The atmosphere was superb, support excellent. In full: This was my first Run for All race and I can honestly say I will definitely be doing it again. The event was very well organised and the support from the cheering crowds was incredible. The course was well marked & lined with race volunteers so it was have been impossible to get lost. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Excellent and challenging night race - top organisation In full: Thank you for the brilliant organisation! Route along the South Downs way was great and weather played along - nearly full moon ;0) Snacks at drinks station were welcome too. These pineapple, cheese sticks and melon pieces went down well. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Not good having two oout and back bits in last few km! In full: I was not impressed with the run backs near the end, am sure they were not there when I first ran this event! As for the organisation that, yet again, meant a delayed start! Any club organised run that dared to start late would be hung out to dry, why does this event get away with it? Not enough toilets for the size of the event and poor/useless car parking/marshalling. A nice route (apart from the end) spoiled by poor/inadequate management of the overall event. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: What is says on the tin In full: It's a marathon running over midnight.
I've run through the night before but never started at night. Makes a=for an interesting day before hand - trying not to do too much before hand - and what to eat for tea?
I had done some of the south downs before but I don't think that helped. up untilthe half way point I was following two others so directions where easy. I had a proper map with me - but didn't use it. The finger posts on the SDW are pretty good and for the times I was on my own used the. The route was programmed into the garmin which served as a safety net.
Steady running all the way - although the hills on the way back were mostly walked.
Although alot of the scenery was hidden by the dark there was lots of wildlife out and about - bats and some sort of glowing bug - and the moon when it first appeared was fantastic.
Water stations were frequent enough and well stocked.
Really enjoyed the run - and that's all you can ask for
In short: Great race parking a shambles In full: The race was good fun - nice scenic route and loads of support out around York although the numerous sharp bends and cobbles made it difficult to generate pace. Two sections at the end where people have to run back on themselves is a bit harsh - especially the last one as people going home come past that way.
The race was however ruined by the parking fiasco at the racecourse - it took me 45mins from the A64 to park on the way but leaving was the biggest shambles ever - over an hour to leave the car park and we didn't even move for 50 mins. Not enough wardens and those who were there weren't doing their job properly. Disappointing for such a costly race. Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Some big issues to sort out....but a great view In full: When I last ran this 2 years ago I was in the toilets when the race started after arriving late due to traffic problems. There were big traffic problems again - why not turn off the lights and have police/marshals directing traffic to ensure people get there on time?
It was a good idea to have a block of urinals for the men, but I did feel sorry for those female runners and those men who needed number 2s - perhaps there should be designated runner only toilet blocks (marshalled properly) to ensure those runners who need the loo can go before the race starts.
I did appreciate the fact that the race was delayed this year, although I heard no official announcement (and I lined up about 9.20-9.25).
As for the race itself, support was great, the course if reasonably flat, although the two U-turns near the end weren't ideal. If you want a PB course, go to Leeds. If you want a fairly flat course with great scenery but lots of twists and turns and aren't too fussed about a PB, then York is more your thing. I might be back again but it's not at the top of my list of races to do in future.... Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Hard, great course In full: Great route very challenging. Marshalls were superb. Very hot wiped me out 2 big hills on the way back. Very good value for money. Thanks Gary great event, yes I will do it again next year!!! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Great Event, thoroughly enjoyed but very hard! In full: A big thank you to all that were involved in running this event, you did a great job. It was my 2nd ever 10k (and the hardest!) and I felt very welcome and the atmosphere was there that was needed to keep you going. It is definitely a tough one to do but I'm more prepared for next year! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: After a three year hiatus from running this was a great race to start back with, beat my expectations. The crowd was great, much welcome street music and high fives too. Encouraged me to keep running and get back into it. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: A great tough midnight marathon - well worth another go next year! In full: My first proper night run having done the 10k ghost run in Portsmouth with street lights - this was proper dark!! I opted for the early start 8 pm rather than 9 as i take a good 5.5 hrs to do trail marathons roughly and the extra hour of daylight certainly helped. I have to say i wasnt completely aware that there wasnt going to be any signage or marshalls as such on route although this was probably my fault not reading the race notes carefully enough. It was basically follow the South Downs Way which in the daylight was fairly tricky but at night goodness me im so glad i chose to keep up with someone who did know this route. The halfway point at Cocking was a glorious sight to behold - cheering supporters dressed in neon and friendly faces asking how we were getting on , a nice selection of food - before turning back round and heading back up the road for the return 13 miles. I ended up on my own for the first time on the way back and soon realised this was not such a good idea as i was unsure of the route. i had to wait til someone overtook me then follow their headtorch but unfortunately we both ended up going wrong taking a 15 minute detour before running back to join the row of headtorches going the right way!! We werent the only ones - a few stories at the drinks stations made me feel better i wasnt the only one.Once back on track i kept tight to the other headtorches around and that was a very sensible thing to do. The occasions when i was running alone were awesome though - starry and moonlit the surrounding area is just so beautiful. And it was kind of cool running through deep dark woods at midnight like something out of Scooby Doo! The terrain was mainly farmtrack and this at night was extremely tough to cope with. I tripped so many times but that is im sure part and parcel of night running . The course is pretty hilly but the tracks underfoot were harder to deal with than any hill . Finally returning back to the QE park via the ridiculously spooky dark forest with another runner for company 6 hours after starting i was smiling as i finished - i bloody loved it! - Yes i got lost and yes my feet killed after taking such unkind punishment on terribly uneven tracks yes i felt better signage in certain places wouldve helped alot of orienteering novices like myself but you know what i really hope they do this again next year - it was a lot of fun to do a marathon at night the halfway support was brilliant the organisers did a good job - the wonderful people to greet you at 2 AM i just wouldve liked a little more help on route thats all .Is this one of my all time favourite races? You know what ? I think it is !! One i will never forget .
In short: Nice day but more toilets needed In full: This was my second year of running. Parking was an issue so arrived early this year and had no problems. Lack of toilets though had people queuing and it was a good job start delayed otherwise would have missed start. Sub 45 bay not big enough but soon became apparent that a lot of the runners in there were not likely to get a sub 45 run. Really can't understand why these people do it. Course is enjoyable through the city and next to the river and always plenty of support on route. Dissapointed that there wasn't the same amount of facilities there this year. Coffee bar there last year with seating and also inflatable slides which weren't here this year. Advertised as a family run but more needed for kids to meet that. Date of review: August 2, 2015
In short: A very hot day, so a tough run, but well worth the effort! In full: A gorgeous route, although the hills are very steep in places. The hot weather meant it was hard work, but a fantastic marathon and well worth all the hard work. Fab medal and t-shirt makes this exceptional value too. Date of review: August 2, 2015