In short: Amazing first marathon experience In full: pace runners, event organisation, location and route, medal and t-shirt. Everything to do with this event was designed to make it memorable, and that is exactly what it will be. My first marathon, and what a choice that was, definitely doing again after I have recovered from surgery. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Great Experience for 1st time Marathoner In full: This being my local Marathon, I feel very lucky to have such a well organised event on my doorstep.
I cannot fault the organisation for this, everything was spot on. I personally like how friendly, approachable and accessible the team are. It all ran like clockwork and the best pacers I have seen at any race (very visible and friendly), even down to carrying one runner over the line.
From the regular monthly prep runs, to the seminars, some with free drinks and gels at 3mile intervals it really provides the runner with a great level of support.
I even had an e-mail query with the training coach and this ended up as ongoing support via e-mail. He even invited me to a Tuesday interval training session that he hosts for Chester Tri.
I really like the personal touches that make you feel like you are important to them. Would recommend, will definitely return. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: friendly welcoming challenging encouraging - top notch race organisers In full: If you're local enough o attend the race training runs with the organisers - make sure you do. great insight and knowledge sharing that will assist beginners and intermediates alike. This was my first marathon in 2013 and I have done 4 this year - returning to take 16mins off my time and break 4hrs in 2014. loved it! Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Well-organized and with amazing local support around the course. In full: This race has a lovely atmosphere. Organisation is excellent and even the weather was perfect for it. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Great event all round, especially for beginners In full: Great event all round, especially for beginners with the training runs. Very smooth running on the day, well supported by the generous folk on the course and nice to be greeted by the organiser at the end. Thank you. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere & organisation - first marathon and would do it again! In full: This was my first marathon and definitely one to do. Great support, pace makers amazing - very supportive and encouraging, support from the residents in the villages we ran through was amazing. Would highly recommend Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Awesome In full: Superb setting, great course, perfect positioning and very clear mile markers, plenty of hydration stations, (water, sports drinks & gels)and awesome atmosphere, marshal's and organisation, not a detail missed - highly recommended marathon for all abilities at the best time of year weather wise! Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Spectacular organisation, pleasant route with great support In full: Fantastically organised event. Every question you could possibly have is answered leading up to the race. Course mostly flat with a few inclines at the start then quite a steep one at mile 24. Support from marshals & locals along the way was brilliant. Would definitely recommend for seasoned pros or first timers. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Great race and a bargain as well In full: I can't think of another endurance race in this region, which is such great value. The organisation and pre-race info was great and the mainly rural route was enjoyable. Apart from the well-advertised 'sting in the tail', there were few sections that were completely flat. The marshals and volunteers were great, the t-shirt is an attractive technical T and the goody bag was good value. A few extra loos at the start might be nice but you can't have everything. Well done Congleton Harriers and Congleton Lions for a great day! Date of review: October 7, 2014