In short: A great race for all F1 fans!!! In full: This is the second time I have done this race, and is a nice course for a fast time weather permitting (last year during the first lap we had an Hale storm!!!). Can feel like a training run with lack of spectators. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Challenging first marathon for me, a beginner. In full: More toilets please - I had to dash into my sister-in-laws house at M4. I was surprised at the number of walkers who pushed their way to the front at the start and then blocked everyone behind them while they walked. Some bits of the scenary were lovely, but others quite industrial. They ran out of lucazade for those of us who finished at 5 hours, which was not great. The extra mile due to the bomb scare caused me lots of problems mentally in assumed lost time - but at least I can say I ran an ultra at 27.1 miles. I was stopped for a truck in the industrial section, which broke my rhythm. The drunks in the Army Barracks at M22 hurtling abuse were also less than encouraging. Overall I expected better. Northern Ireland has so much to offer - it could/should be a great marathon that attracts many more entries. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: A Challenge - not a race - one to find the route - the other to finish In full: Organisers need some help from the runners. could not believe how long it took to get my number on the day. If the entry form says route will be marked - then IT HAS TO BE MARKED - whether or not a map is handed out. If the event is to grow - just needs a few tweaks - in any case a great challenge !
In short: tough course but fun . very enjoyable In full: took a while to find it could do with a few more signs however once there everything ran like clockwork be back next year Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: A very hot day and some tasty hills, especially the run UP to the finish line. Great local support. In full: The only negatives were that, as the organisers are well aware of, more toilet facilities next year. All runners should have their times recorded, not just the first 100 as was stated at the start of the race, please dont ignore the middle and back of the pack runners. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: A tough 10k! In full: A good 10k, could do more on the facility front. More toilets, drinks stations and more medals!!! But in general a good race in nice surrondings. Will be back next year. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Quite a crush to get out of the stadium and I'd dispute some of the mile markers but the support around the half way mark more than compensated for the few shortcomings In full: Definately one to go back again for, start and finish in the stadium is great and route is pretty twisty and turny that you forget how far you've run. Getting to the stadium for the start was a bit of a challenge on the tram - maybe cattle truck is more appropriate(!), but once there organisation was good, route was interesting (as long as you don't expect to be running in the countryside) and the supporters along the half way couple of miles would have given the most disheartened runner a huge boost. Disappointed that you didn't get a free t-shirt for finishing (surely they make more sense than giving out foil blankets for that distance?), but I will be back for this one next year Date of review: May 3, 2005