In short: Well organised, undulating, nice medal In full: First marathon, had a great 1st lap despite crowded (but friendly) start but slowed down a fair bit towards the end - found last 5 1/2 miles on the greenway tough.
View from the top of the 8/18 mile hill beautiful as was the weather. Lots of water but got squeezed onto side of the road by cars in a few places. Crowd support very good given rural setting. Maybe london next year...
In short: Very hard to fault the organisation, well marshalled and friendly! In full: This was my second time on the full marathon so I knew what to expect. Nice scenery, views, support all the way round and I always like to finish in a park where there's something going on.
The only downside of this event is the fact that there is a lot of traffic in places and that some of the locals don't seem to support the event as much as others sometimes to the point of obstructing the race. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Excellent organisation In full: A very good race, superbly organised every year. This is how a race with big corporate backing should work unlike the Shell Helsby half which was shabby at best. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Great Sunday morning run In full: Lovely race to get back into gear after the FLM. The park is gorgeous and the support was fantastic. It was a relaxed run on a sunny Sunday morning - not so much PB potential as it was 2.5 laps and faster runners had to run slalom around the slower ones. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Well organised and marshalled. In full: The earlier start made a lot of sense. Those long straight sections on the Greenway without a mile marker in sight are not pleasant. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Sent me the wrong chip In full: Well organised overall, with drinks stations a plenty, would give it a far better score but they sent me the wrong chip, relegating me on the initial results from a time of 1:15 to 1:46, so not best pleased with that, and have yet to respond upon me querying it. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Great race, great scenery, but hugely expensive for a medal and a banana In full: This was my first ever half marathon last year and at the time I thought it was expensive not to get a T-shirt. Now that I've completed numerous 10k and half marathons since and received a T-shirt even though they've cost me a third of the price of the Shakespeare, I was shocked that the price had gone up and STILL no T-shirt! I gave in this year and bought one, but feel pretty miffed at that. I'm sure there were more runners this year and the atmosphere was great, although the usual walkers at the front made it a torturous affair getting a decent start through the narrow streets. Once again the scenery was great and the earlier start made for a much more comfortable, cooler run than last year. I set a pb, half an hour faster than last year (!!!), so really pleased with that. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: A race to look forward to. Trees ,Lakes and fabulous buildings and gardens. In full: Apart from being a great cause that its run for (The Donna Louise Trust - Childrens Hospice) this run has it all In a nut shell its a picturesque multi terrain run with plenty of speed and plenty of water stations and a gong at the end too !!! Great for beginners, Great for the experienced, a right good 10k and thats why I will be running shortly in the 2006 event !!! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: A fiendly, scenic race. In full: I enjoyed the course, although I wasn't expecting quite so much 'off-road'. I think it was a bit over 10k (I have 10.4 on my GPS) and that grass at the end was a killer! However, it was friendly, well-organised (thanks to the scouts marshalling), and had a nice atmosphere. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Nice course, but this is a very expensive race In full: I enjoyed my race and gor a PB, but I think it's expensive for what you get. I've never been a fan of medals instead of T'Shirts, especially when the oreganisers try to flog the T-Shirts at the finish area. Also, for the money they should use timing chips instead of getting times wrong for most of the field. On the plus side, the organisation on the roads and drinks stations is really good Date of review: May 8, 2006