In short: Good organistation, good atmosphere, shame it was so expensive In full: Probably wont' be back for two reasons, 1. The cost 2. the lack of intersting scenery, especially as a two lap course. But did enjoy seeing some of the pretty sights of Bath in the sunshine afterwards. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Great Race pity about the hills, but that was what we came for, organisation I thought superb, especially as it was only the second running lets hope it continues Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Great to see Liverpool getting a high-profile running event In full: This was my 4th attempt at a Liverpool 1/2m and the 1st on this FLM-inspired course. While I might prefer the earlier low-key versions, it's good to see Liverpool being able to stage an event of this size and I hope to see it having the opportunity to organise a marathon in 2008.
Generally well-organised although it would be nicer to cover more of the city centre in order to capture tourist's imagination as an out-and-back course covering 2 parks can only give you so much enthusiasm. It also would have been good to see water at all of the stations instead of just 2 - if they can cover every mile at FLM, they should be able to cover more than 2 for a 1/2m. People could have struggled if it was warm. Good idea to put clocks by each mile marker though - that was never the case for the old organisation.
The baggage tent was not very well organised and needs to be improved upon. But the support over much of the course was excellent, despite the moaning after the event of roads being blocked. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: I have run a few halfmarathons but this to me had to be one of the hardest due to lack of senery and that the weather was bitter also you could see what you had left to do as it was quite flat in places,so all in all not nice at all. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: A good race well organised, appart from the start and loos as others have mentioned. The run through to country was great along with the weather. would do race again. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Great settiing, good race, distance markers could have been better. In full: I would probably do it again. The distance markers could have been better. Also, there was confusion about my race number possibly being upside down (lots of 8's and 6's that may have been 9's!) and I was told this morning that the clock was 40 secs slow and the race wasn't the full 10km. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Well worth the get up at 06.00 and a two hour drive. In full: Very good and a pb of 3.26 (my 18th marathon). Very sparse support, no media coverage, no front line photo. Well marshalled, good mile markers, good food. Military shirt at end, not a good idea. If more run it, it might be spoilt! Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Well organised, fast course, made for PBs In full: The second annual trip to Silverstone and another PB. The organisation is faultless and although the course is uninspiring, it is fast. This year the wind seemed colder and stronger, which made the last couple of miles hard work, but that's forgotten the moment you come round the final bend to see the Silverstone finish line and grandstands ahead of you.
What impressed me most this year was that my supporters, who decided that they wanted to run, were able to enter on the day and it cost the same as my entry. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Pleasant weather and decent organisation made for an excellent event - pity about my fitness! In full: Cold and breezy, coupled with not quite flat, coupled with poor fitness, equals tougher than expected! I was certainly (and to some extent unexpectedly) 4 mins off my PB and felt every one of those extra minutes! However, the sun was out, the course was better than many for scenery, and the support was excellent - especially through the towns and villages. Concerning the organisation, I agree that the mile-markers could have been improved and that it IS important to runners who rely on these to pace themselves sensibly! However, I do NOT subscribe to all the whinging and bleating about the start. everyone had instructions as to when the race would be starting. The man on the PA told everyone to get moving towards the start about 20 minutes beforehand - enough time in my opinion. Everyone had the opportunity to take a nosey down to the start before the critical time to check it out, and having done so myself it was clear to see that leaving it until the last minute to get down there and then expect to get through easily was going to be a problem. So stop whinging and don't blame the organisers when youc could have taked responsibility for being on time! As for then blaming this for ruining the chance of a PB - codswallop! Sure you have to pass more runners, but the roads were wide and the field strings out quickly! In my experience, there's sometimes nothing more motivational and indeed enjoyable than spending the race passing everyone safe in the knowledge that your chip time can still be a stormer! Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Beautiful race, well organised, great freebies! In full: This is not a fast course on narrow trails with lots of ups and a few downs in the first nine miles, followed by a great coast into the finish for the remaining four. However, if you're looking for a friendly training race in a beautiful setting that's very well organised (although an earlier water stop would be good). This one is hard to beat. Also this year the freebies were great - energy drinks and enough haribo starmix to last the journey home! Date of review: March 23, 2006