In short: A fast, scenic race but needed more water and clearer instructions to runners. In full: I had a good race but I feel for the people who didn't. The hot weather was very dangerous for dehydration and more water stations were definitely needed. I was disappointed to miss the prize giving (it was earlier than the time stated in the information we were sent) especially as I came 4th and had to go and ask for the prize afterwards. Some people walking round the course were very rude, letting their kids cycle infront of runners and then blaming the runners for being in the way! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: fantastic madness , not to be missed In full: can't move at all today, but can't wait for next year. The only xcountry iv'e done, and can't wait to do more!!!! great day out for all the family especially the beer and BBQ tents. well done all. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: One of the best family runs available In full: Up and down the Headrow sounds boring but the crowd and other competitors make it special. Goody bag well stocked and a medal. Only disappointment was waiting for my dad to finish the Half Marathon. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Shame about the rain...and my time In full: 10 minutes slower than 2005 but still enjoyed myself. Done it for the past few years and am now starting to enjoy the hilly bits. It still has one of the best finishes going past the town hall and the incentive for anyone wanting under 2 hours - Can you finish before the noon chimes? Date of review: May 8, 2006
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