In short: This is my favourite race. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race 2 years ago when I participated in it for the first time and this year was no different. The reasons why it is such a good race:
1. Its fast and flat, so PB's are a definite possibility. 2. Excellent seaside scenery. 3. Organisation is always good with ample toilet facilities and parking areas. 4. Your always guaranteed a nice T-Shirt and Medal and other goodies. 5. Great atmosphere.
The only downside was getting past some of the runners who really should have started further back the field as they were slowing up some of the faster runners trying to get past, but other than that I will always come back to this race, it is my favourite and will take something very special to beat it.
In short: A regular on my race calendar In full: Flat and fast - always a good field too from front to back, so you're guaranteed a race! Organisation is excellent and the atmosphere is good too. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A potential PB course - well organised In full: This is a pleasant flat race in an appealing location in Altrincham. This is the best of the series, but the others are worth a visit too. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Hard work with the hill and the heat! In full: A first class race for organisation and venue. A thoroughly enjoyable event. It is rare for me to go home with a slow time and say I enjoyed the day! Well done to those who organised it. Definitely worth going, but just forget about that PB! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A good time trial over 4 miles In full: Just hope the sea breezes are calm! This is a good flat course away from traffic. Ron organises these races well... deserves a better turn out than he's been getting! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Good race all round - well done Leeds AC! In full: A good quality field help me keep up concentration when coming back from injury. Not a PB course, but a very good work out. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A few improvements suggested... In full: Make the distance the full 5K, you could add a bit by the Gas Tower. Still a potential PB course. Km markers would help. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A very friendly scenic course but beware it is very hilly! In full: This was my choice for my first half marathon, little did I know how hilly it was though until it was too late. For a first timer I would probably recommend a flatter course, but then again I will be making sure my next half is much flatter therefore guaranteeing a faster time!
In short: Great debut for this one In full: Well done organisers. A big first day - done well. Messed up Coventry traffic but at least it gave us something to watch. More mile markers please. Really enjoyed it. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Well organised half - marathon for local runners. Hills were tough. Final mile run-in leg draining. Well done all involved. In full: Being a Coventrian this run was an ideal chance to try out my second half-marathon. Last year did the GNR time 1:31. so was out to improve my PB - so I thought. First gripe, why do people stand near the start when they have no intention of running a 'good time' these peeps just get in the way. The ring road lap at the start was good for warming up the legs. Note lack of mile markers. Climbing out the City Centre to turn-a-round point (8 miles) tough one, but return to City Centre downhill made up for this slog. But the ring road 1 mile run in was very draining on the legs. Overall good first effort. Lots of water if needed. Friendly co runners. Need more locals to turn out to cheer on runners but that will come with future events. My time 1:33 I feel this was harder than GNR. Well done Cov. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Achingly beautiful! In full: I've done several races where people have complained about the course being described as flat when it has a few bumps in it - well, now we all know what undulating means! I remember one fairly flat mile but apart from that it was constantly up and down hill. My sort of running! Glorious views and no chance of getting bored because of the constant changes of rhythm.
Usually avoid races with thousands of entrants but Windsor works - the start is wide enough to avoid too bad congestion and you have plenty of company all the way round which is nice.
Support is fantastic, and I will never forget that last mile to the finish. Yes, it seems to go on for ever, but running through the ever-thickening crowds with the MC yelling at you to finish before the clock ticks round to the next 5 minute mark is inspiring - the 13th mile was my fastest of the whole race!
Picking up on some of the other comments, number 1 hint for next year is - Don't drive! Get there early, park in the town centre, have a nice lunch and walk through the park to the start.
Can't agree with those recommending an earlier start. With so many fun runners , taking up to 3.5 hours, that would mean them finishing in the midday heat which would be much more dangerous. I'd actually prefer a later start, which would have given my lunch more time to go down.
It isn't a flawless race, and the chip timing makes it quite expensive, but it is a glorious place to run and a truly memorable experience.
In short: They said "one short steep incline, and a couple of slight inclines." They lied. In full: As a beginner, I found it more challenging than expected. There were lots of muddy slopes, puddles and cow-pats to dodge. However, it was well organised and the string quartet at the 7KM marker was a nice touch that raised a few smiles and kept me going to the finish. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Great organisation - but watch for those hills! In full: This was such a well-organised event. No hitches whatsoever, good tannoy system and friendly atmosphere despite the awful weather. Hills at the end came as a shocker considering it was meant to be flat, but nice and challenging, considering I was out of breath by then! Only thing I would change is move the start back a bit as it was really crowded and there were two tight turns that were a bit hectic. Still, a great day and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: If you Want a good challenge and a nice day, you have do this one In full: sation, well marshelled, excellent support through every village, drinks and sponge stations galore, large mile markers,superb medal,goody bag and a choice of hot food dishes when you finish, and all for 11 quid! Puts many bigger marathons to shame. Very challenging undulating coarse,definately no pb potential. But what an event, fantastic scenery,superb organi Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Challenging, real multi-terrain but a nice race. In full: Blimey! it was hot and pretty challenging hill wise. However the usual gripe only large t-shirts at the end .Mine reached my knees.I know this is a small detail but its really important to someone like me who is new to racing and would realy appreciate a souvenir I could wear. How simple would it be to stipulate size on entry form but I suspect buying lots of large sizes is miles cheaper. Otherwise a well organised enjoyable race. Nice bacon sarnies and bouncy castle for kids. Date of review: September 26, 2005