In short: Super -dee-duper In full: Well organised race, great fun and glad I did it. Looks like I'll have to run faster next time to avoid the queues for a massage:( The misfiring of the hooter and the start was quite comical (who was that idiot?). Plenty of lucozade and water and accurate mile markers (mile 16 was missing but it was windy down near the sea so maybe it blew away). Its an expensive trip from Belfast but I might do it again. More comments on http://ukirelandmarathons.blogspot.com/ Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great stuff In full: Only my second half-marathon and loved it, especially the last speedy bit down the very Fair Mile. No toilet problems - try the club house! I'll be therenext year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: The sort of event that gives running a good name. In full: Fantastic. The atmosphere was inspiring, the organisation was flawless, the course was lovely & there was no wind! I have never enjoyed a race so much. Roll on next year! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, lovely day all round In full: Definately do again, 2nd time I have completed seems to get better every year. Great for all the famly and good course for fast times. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good race for a beginner, spoilt by the crush at the end. In full: This was my first half marathon, and I must admit I enjoyed it. Lovely course,good pace for a starter, but I felt the end was a bit of a non event. Like others I was rushed off the track, without water and endured a 30 min wait for a medal, with no time to stretch before standing for a long time. With the space and size of the stadium I'm sure there could have been somewhere better to give out the medals and water. I had family come from London to see the race, and sadly they missed me in the stadium due to poor transport links.....does anybody liase with the Cardiff bus companys? Having said that it was a great morning and will certainly be looking to do it again next year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good organisation makes an otherwise ok race In full: Human Race are reknown for excellent organisation and this race is no different. The route is nothing special, although the trot along the Thames Path up to Hampton Court Palace is quite nice.
A nicely placed race to include in marathon training. Better than running on the paths on your own but will never be my favourite race. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised and great atmosphere. In full: There always seem to be problems at the start, moans about 'fun runners/walkers' etc. with the large events. The GSR seems to have this all in hand. A great event that I last ran 3 years ago and intend to do so again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Flat fast course. Loved it! In full: Cardiff or London - give me Cardiff anyday. Flat fast course - excellent potential for a PB. I felt the event was generally well managed, with the marshalls/police doing an excellent job, despite pushy motorists and some ignorant peds. Loose dogs in Sophia Gardens were also a bit of a problem second time around - a dog around your ankle at 23 miles, potentially a big danger. Drinks stations and lucozade well managed with encouraging, friendly faces, although some didn't seem to be where they were published as being in the pre-race blurb - some mile markers were also missing.
Everybody was extremely friendly, superbly varying scenery, with a finish in the Millenium Stadium - although very difficult to do a warm down at the end!! due to lack of space.
Thanks Cardiff, will give it another go although its a hell of a trek from East Yorks. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Brilliant race but let down by organisation! In full: Anyone know what I'm meant to do with my Championchip? I was asked by at least 6 other athletes. I even asked a marshell who kindly radioed through and yet know one on the other end knew!! Still got mine! Besides that it was a fanastic race, lovely scenery, one of the best courses I've ran. Date of review: October 10, 2005