In short: Smooth organisation, beautiful country roads (closed!), a few undulations but nothing major. I In full: Fantastic race! Really well organised with an abundance of happy marshals. Lots of water stations, great t-shirt and decent medal. Beautiful route on closed country lanes. Results sent via text incredibly quickly. Very impressed with race, would definitely do it again. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Water? In full: Good race overall. But what sort of race runs out of water?? Only one table had water at the 6k point and they were scooping it out of the barrel and giving it to you so you had to stop and wait. All other tables had run out. Most of it seemed to be on the road?
At the end of the race, where you got cake, banana and water they also ran out just as we got there. There was (according to the results) about 500+ runners behind me who obviously didn't get water too.
Not a major issue for a coolish 10k but you know how many people have entered, 'cater' accordingly please. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: My second PB in two years... In full: This is a quick course, the one real climb is out of the way by the 2 mile mark and it's pretty level from there. The wind added around 30 secs/mile to my pace along the waterfront though. Support was patchy in places but the people who turned out were really enthusiastic. The start was busy, and I started way back because I couldn't get in to the correct pen, but it didn't matter. Excellent race overall. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: The final long run of the training... a lovely morning out! In full: This was the last LSR of the campaign. I didn't enjoy the first hill but the rest were fine.. I looked at it as a really good training run. Lovely friendly marshalls. Lovely jelly babies! I ran without my water bottle just to see what would happen.. the drinks stations were too spread out so I know I need to run the marathon with my bottle, but I'm glad I tried. I'd definitely do this again. Thanks Gade Valley Harriers - you're a great club! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Could not get to the start In full: Spent 45 mins getting from the motorway only for the police to close the road before I could get into Wilmslow. They sent us back towards the motorway. 12 weeks training and 1 hour 30 in the car wasted..... Have done this race for last few years. Time to give it a miss. No point having 4000 runners if they can't park... Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Well organised with great marshals In full: (Firstly need to point out these are my wives score as she ran not mine). Well organised pity it had to be changed to 5 mile rather than 10K but that's better than cancelling. marshals were good and course pleasant, parking really easy and easy to get away afterwards, only thing lacking was a bit of local support on the way round.
Definitely recommend Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Reasonable organisation but lack of medal really knocks the score down In full: Course was ok bit dull (but that's eastleigh), marshals were excellent. Good course for PB (knocked nearly 2 mins off mine). The organisation at the start could have been better, walked around the leisure centre a couple of times before finding where the start was. The biggest disappointment was the lack of medal, for what is supposedly one of the biggest local events not to have a medal but instead get a very poor t-shirt which is clearly designed just to be free advertising for the sponsor B & Q just isn't good enough. in Summary a good race but let down by the back of house. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: A nice event very well organised In full: Pre-race registration was a little tedious with a bit of queuing necessary but otherwise smooth enough. A glut of 'on the day entries' meant that the start was delayed by a few minutes.
The course was nice, first 5.5k on the lanes to the west of Mickleover and mostly downhill. The return home was along the old railway line and was a steady shallow climb.
My only gripe with this one would be that my GPS had the distance at only 9.64km. That only goes some way to explain my PB. Even had I continued at the same pace for a further 360 metres I'd have still smashed it so I'm not going to get too upset about the missing metres.
Nice t-shirt and weighty medal. All in all a very satisfactory morning....and the rain held off. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: A delight to run!! In full: From the moment I got to race village, everything ran like clockwork. A fast moving toilet queue, no waiting at baggage, before and after the race. A nice quick course with a nice downhill for the last 5 miles. I will say though, if a radio presenter is going to say a course is perfectly flat moments before the start of a race, then maybe he should run it himself, it was more undulating!! Marshall's were great and course support was a lot better than I was expecting. A lovely bit of bling at the end of it, maybe a normal Tee would have been nice too. A great event!! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: A great half-marathon In full: A challenging, interesting and rewarding course. Very well marshalled and supported and very smooth organisation. Nice mememto and fantastic atmosphere. Used the shower/changing facilities at the Sea Cadets afterwards which was great. All in all a great race and I'll be back to take on the hills again! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Hilly but very well supported In full: Thank you to the organisers and all the wonderful supporters for making this such a smashing race. Beautiful weather made the day even better. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: First year back ,good but will improve with more years under its belt In full: Being the first year staged after along absence there was always going to be a few sticking points. For me this was very enjoyable. I admit not the best of scenery and I know the area well. There was one Marshall who should of being watching for traffic rather than reading texts on her I- phone but overall the Marshalls were very encouraging and helpfull . The supporters that were around the course did well to add atmosphere including a couple of people in houses that came out to see what was going on and then added their vocal support. The finishing straight did seem a little strange despite the fact in didn't hinder me I did think there could of been a better finishing route. The goody bag which means a lot to some was of a good standard and the facilities changing rooms toilets supervised baggage area all of a good or better than usual standard. I will be back and expect to see this race get better each year in terms of organisation and support but it will only do so if everyone gets behind it. Many thanks for an enjoyable race.
In short: Friendly smaller race In full: Lots of hills,sharp turns and change of surfaces meant that I could never drop into a good rhythm . You won't get a PB here, but nether the less really enjoyed the race and felt like I had a good workout,prior to a spring marathon. Was very friendly and seemed well organised apart from lack of toilet facilities at the start. Would love to run it again next year. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: good race despite the wind, enjoyed again In full: good race, well organised, bit slow at the start due to numbers and unable to get anywhere near the 2 hour finishing time in the starting pen. good route excellent t shirt and finisher medal. Will be here next year. Great had Liverpool legend starting the race Date of review: March 23, 2014