In short: Extremely well organized and friendly. Testing with biggest gradients in 2nd half. Recommended, as long as you are not hunting a PB. My 1st marathon, so a PB for me. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Very hot In full: good race but running half and full marathon race at the same time was probably not the best idea. Places were short for on the day entries probably due to Thanet 20 cancelled race being offered places in this race. Weather was very hot and marshals were very good . A very testing run Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: good.. In full: Course is more accurate this year. Closer to the 10km, although markers not always accurate along the way. (beats the 11 1/2km course last year) Some more direction needed along the route, as some runners diverted to a crossing while others weren't. Great activities after the race. Good access to facilities for showers/lockers etc. A really goood day out for all. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: I thought undulating meant there would be some 'down' bits! In full: Found this a tough half-marathon, but was a great day out. V. hot but plenty of water stations, sponges etc. I could tell I was in Windsor as well, I saw loads of people running and chatting on their mobile phones!! See you all next year... Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Thumbs up for a Cov's First Effort In full: Even though I beat my Great North Run time by over 10 mins - I was upset that the race was delayed and I would have liked Energy gels provided as GNR - the last hill hurt but knowing that I was near the finishing line spurred me on and even managed a bit of a sprint. I think this is a start of something new. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Street cleaners urgently needed in this part of Manchester! In full: Shouldn't complain as I cut 8 minutes off my time to crack 2 hours (1:57.04) BUT, no sign indicating the start until 15 mins before the start, last year's (different) map was little help. Runners were wandering around asking if anyone knew where the start was. Answer: on top of a car boot sale. I have never seen so many broken pavements, so much dog-fouling and other unattractive detritus even after years of running in London. Definitely wrong to describe this course as part-urban, part-rural. Only rural bits were the very attractive park at the end. Not enough water stops - glad I carried water. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: The third time I've run it..... and I'll be back again ! In full: This run has almost everything I look for. It is at the right time of year ... not too hot or too cold , it is about the right size ( lots of space to do your own thing without feeling you're running on your own ),almost flat course etc.I struggle to find any real fault with it , but,nit-picking , a little more spectator support out on the course would have been nice. Thanks to the organisers , marshalls ,drinks station helpers and others for a job very well done. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: whole day was made perfect by the forumites marquee - thanks BB and BD In full: hot and hilly but a great atmosphere plenty of support around much of the ocurse - superb scenery and the advantage of being a back marker is that we got to see the deer close to! Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Flatish, good views, fast, well-organized In full: I like this race. It's a series of six races, in fact, held on the first Sunday of each month from October to March every year. Signing up for the series costs a mere score, and it allows me to monitor my progression over the winter. Loos (with a queue) right by the start, the fliers go at the front, but there's plenty of room for not-so-fast runners further behind. Flawless marshalling, limited numbers, blinding. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Hills, heat and horrible water stations but a beautiful route In full: I was hoping for a good time following the Reading Half I did earlier in the year. The start was a bit of a squeeze and I lost a minute in the first mile, which meant I ran too quickly in the second and when I got to the first water station, struggled with the plastic cups. These are unbelievable for the money and with a water sponsor.
Hills galore put paid to me running the whole way, let alone hitting 1:48.
Parking was great, and the atmosphere good, so this is a run to enjoy yourself: don't worry about the time, admire the scenery, stop at the water stations and take it easy.
I think I might invest in a Camelbak if I decide to do this one again next year! Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: tough in places but great course In full: Really loved this course always something different to work at, downhills and of course the up. Great support and organisation , friendly atmosphere and top home straight. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Small friendly race In full: Small friendly race in warm conditions, however i lost 30 secs at the end as myself and a few others took the wrong turn just before the finish, apparently the marshall wen't awol. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Good weather good run In full: Expecting rain, but weather was ideal. Windmill hill and the hill by the field after the 9k were testing. All in all a nice race. Date of review: September 28, 2005