In short: Lovely scenery, well marshalled, couple of inclines In full: A nice little jaunt through twisty trails, some bluebells to be seen this year. Very boggy down at the lower field, people trying to avoid but you've just got to run through them. Lots of marshals keeping You running the right way. A 2 loop course. Fantastic cakes at the end with a free cuppa for all runners. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In full: Second time for me in this race and I beat my last time! Son did the kids race which is a lap around the zoo and loved it, a few hills round the course to test yourself on, will be back next year Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Lived up to all expectations In full: Easy to see why it was voted number one. So many PBs were achieved today. I knocked 10 minutes off last year's time and just over 2 mins off my pb. A full tray of yoghurts, pork pie, gingerbread man, mars bar, plus loads of money off vouchers. The best race tee shirt and a nice medal. Already looking forward to next year! Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: If you are running your 1st marathon do Chester, if you are running your 1st half do Chester In full: I am not surprised in any way at all by how fantastic the half was today. Superbly organised, effortlessly smooth, and even the people asking the runners to make room at the end of the race did it extremely politely and very effectively. Top class, this is exactly how a race should be run. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: great race, shame about the weather In full: I'm biased as I got a PB but what a great race. Flat apart from a slight incline in the first kilometre. Out and back course with spectators who stood out in the rain to keep you going. This is my local 10k, so I WILL do next year's. Did I mention the home made cakes and coffee at the end? Lovely Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Great event, In full: This is a great half marathon course, hilly enough to bereak up the run. The organisation was great, parking are we're well marshalled and the support on the course was great. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: fantasticly organisation with that legendary Goody bag In full: Big Event organisers who charge ridiculous prices take note......this race is the one to follow!! A superb race, excellently organised and with a goody bag that includes a tech t-shirt, medal, yoghurts and chocolate bars, decent draw-string bag AND a free pint of a local ale. The course is very well marshalled with enthusiastic crowds on large sections through the town.... is it any wonder this race fills up so quick? Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Chester is becoming one of most runner friendly races. In full: Smooth and silky organisation once again. Can't fault anything, the crowd was brilliant and the course with the town hall finish amazing. I would definitely recommend this one, it is getting bigger and better each year. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Flat,coastal... round the egrets one mo' time ? In full: My first time at the race, and aprt from not receiving a race number/chip before the day, I'd give it another go. On a sunny South Coast day it would be lovely...and supporters waiting at The Chequers with a cold Guinness afterwards would make it even better. But beware of the traffic en route - Lyndhurst is a pain! Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Well supported, great value and with a real chance of a PB In full: Great race with a massive 1600+ runners made this trip to Shropshire well worth it. I beat my PB by 3 minutes, loved the local town feel despite the big race nature and really appreciated the support from marshalls and local residents. Tough hill at 5 miles, but the rest of the race was very quick and enjoyable. Well done to all of the organisers, no wonder you got the top 10K in the country award for 2012, if it was anything like this year you deserved it Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Fantastic race, great scenary and very well organised In full: I wasn't sure what to expect from this race, but what a delight.
The scenary was fantasic, great facilities and very friendly and efficient organisation. Well done to all involved.
The run itself was a bit of a challenge. The first 1k+ was all up, although not too steep. It then seemed to be down or flat to about 5k. At around 6k there was what I can only describe as a monster incline for another 1 - 1.5k. Then it settled down again. The last 500 yards are a steep up, but you know you are home and dry by then.
Coffee and cake (which was superb) for all finishers.
This is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. See you next year. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Well organised and managed Charity Half In full: Ample facilities and parking makes a good start for this run. The course has several ups in the first 3 miles, down for one, then 9 miles of undulations. Four water stations, all with bottled water, is fantastic, and one just before halfway had Gu gels also. All in all, a very good event, and whilst a PB may be a struggle here, it's a good course that I intend to do again. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Nice little race In full: Nice little village-green race with a fast course and pleasant community feel. Well organized and very efficient, and well marshalled. Clearly a well-established event with an experienced team. I'll be back. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: MORE TOILETS NEEDED! In full: Organisation before the start terrible, Marshalls sending people the wrong way etc, long queues for toilet at race time cos people been in the queue for half an hour, Get some Portaloo's & better plan for the start people were having to run to the start line & yes I know its chip timing but I had to fight through all the fun runners to get to my pen or it would ve been walking pace for a few miles! I was at the car park at 7.35 so its not like I came late. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Well worth doing In full: Brief review, i would say all runners should give it a go sometime. Its really well organised, there are loads of Marshall's, you get people out clapping you, at various points in the race and you get a decent size bit of cheese at the end. Also plenty of free parking and a tea, bacon butty and cake stall was available at the finishing area.
If you like challenging races, with some good tough hills and great views i recommend the Black Sticks Blue 10K. Its similar in ways to the Longridge Lions 7 Mile run, so yes give a go next year you'd enjoy im sure of it and i think, time allowing, i will be there again next year.