In short: Well-organised, quick, flat, nice goody bag, very good race In full: Only negative was a couple of narrow sections made it hard to get clear of slower runners early on, mostly paths were wide and flat, generally very good. I also remember thinking it would be better if it was run the other way round the course but I can't remember why. Date of review: May 27, 2005
In short: as long as you know it is really a fun run for charities it is fine In full: I think this race is fine, a agree with the point that they shoudl have bmade it slightly more intersting scenicly as it is odd to hjave a race where you aren't going to get you pb due to people being v slow and walkign holding hands so it owuld be better if you had more to look at to take your mind off it. only other gripe had problems finding a toilet beforehand. other than that i think it is a race for people who don't run and due to the lovely atmosphere it succeeds at that very well Date of review: May 27, 2005
In short: Top Race In full: Fed up of all the people criticising this race. Its supposed to be a mass participation event, therefore there are going to be slow people in it. The organisers cannot be blamed for people lying on their forms. I'm an average runner (57 mins), I had to dodge past people walking and holding hands, but it is that type of event. It's main function is raising money for charity. The simple solution is if you don't like it, don't enter it. Typical British mentality, can't wait to start moaning.
Well done on a superb event. Date of review: May 27, 2005
In short: Great apart from a couple of things... In full: Great apart from a couple of things... 1. timings - make sure everyone knows where to line up (maybe in the pre-race pack - an idiots guide to finish times) 2. The daft **** that decided to drive her corsa down a closed road and then stop immediately in front of me at the first water station! I can only apologise to the scouts & volunteers for my outburst at the woman as I hot the back of her car. Apart & my fitness from that it was excellent Date of review: May 27, 2005
In short: course may be flat - but it was SO boring in places In full: have just returned from Vienna - perfect course, perfect organisation (including marathon relay).
Belfast is a wonderful city and should be capable of organising a marathon.
It strikes me as an opportunity missed by Belfast Council to create a major international event.
The committee simply MUST take on board some of the gripes here and on other fora - they are actually constructive criticism and should enable a massive improvement for future years. Date of review: May 26, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, terrible organisation In full: A really enjoyable day and a great atmosphere, but it could be so much better if they'd got the waves right. I applied in December, gave a finish time of an hour and ended up in the third wave - so was expecting crowds of elite athletes ahead of me, not crowds of walkers!! Terribly frustrating to spend the whole run zig zagging around people. Date of review: May 26, 2005