In short: I have no regrets, i'm still glad I did it. In full: Will definatly be back next year, as its such a flat coures with great PB promise, but in the right conditions. I'm sure the organisers will have learnt by their mistakes. I was lucky, I took my own bottle round with me. (My time was also over 1M slower on the results then on my Garmin & time @ finish line). Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: WARNING I won't be doing this one again. In full: I finished second in the overall race, and was given exatly the same as the last runner...nothing. During the race, the marshalls stood chatting instead of indication directions, and twice both me and the winner were ahead of the leader car, and at one stage it was caotic with cars and runners in both lanes and directions on the road.
But the absolutely worst thing was the organisation of the kids race, where the fastest boy and girl were forgotten and almost not allowed to start in the final after winning their heats, this is very important to six year old "athletes" in the making, and on top of it all, the speaker and were taking the mickey saying that he didnt know if the parents or kids were more competitive, obviously he has never done any sport on any level himself. I would imagine that most people want to be as good as they can be.
In short: Web site not updated - insulting response to constructive criticism In full: Having been injured, I left it late to enter. The web site said I had till 23.59pm the Sunday before to enter online. I tried at 20.00pm & online entries had closed! Er Why? I decided to check the evening before the race to see if I could enter on the day. Half marathon full, still places on the marathon for on the day entries between 7.00am & 8.45am it said - great! I got there at 7.10am, having driven 45 miles to be told by the ladies on the desk that there were no on the day entries. When I & another chap who had also read the web site voiced our disappointment in a calm manner, we were verbally abused by the lady organiser who refused to accept the facts that perhaps the organisers should learn from this fault & improve the situation for runners in future years. Shouting "I'm a volunteer" repeatedly at the customer does not cut it. These guys have got many lessons to learn. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Great race for all !! one not to be missed In full: Great atmosphere and people, go for a lemon top at paciatos Ice cream parlour in Redcar to make the day complete Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Excellent PB potential ruined by poor planning In full: I was looking forward to a flat fast course - which it was. Weather much too hot and humid, but that can't be helped. What is unforgiveable is the organisers lack of contingency planning for the conditions. When the race start was delayed the organisers should have announced it and allowed people to get off the road and into the shade. I was fortunate enough to be close to the front so had plenty of water, but even I was wondering where the rest of the water was for the other runners behind us. It's a question of maths. 1000 runners means a minimum of 1000 bottles of water at each stop in these conditions - plus sponges, showers and anything else to get fluid inside the runners. It isn't down to pleasantries it's down to health and safety. Having taken our money the organisers have a duty of care which they fell woefully short of. Marshalling was dreadful, most looked like they did not want to be there, and in truth they might as well not have bothered. My suggestion, sack the marshalling company, refuse to pay them, and use the money to give the poor sods who endured this event an incentive to return next year. Finally the results are a complete cock-up, 13 minutes faster than my actual time. Yes, I may be back to run it next year because it one of the few true flat marathons in the country, but on the reviews I have seen I suspect that the organisers may struggle to fill the event. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Great race despite the heat! In full: Travelled from Cheltenham to do this race and glad I did! Running over bridge was brilliant. First time I've ever walked in a half - much too hot! Nice atmosphere, the hosepipe owners and kids with water pistols in Barton saved the day! Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: a very hot day made it a difficult race for the runners and also the organisers In full: if it wasnt so hot this would have been a much better event. i dont think i will ever forget this race even though i my time was an hour more than i expected Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: tough but enjoyable In full: Ok, there were some hiccups, the start delay and lack of water were not the fault of the organisers. In my opinion, the organisers did really well to recover from these. The atmosphere is nothing when compared to races in the North East, but that can only be expected as the majoity of people around were not locals, but people on holiday who only saw the race as an inconvenience to them.
I think credit is due to everyone who organised this and who volunteered to help run the event. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Normally a great race - pity about the delay and lack of water. In full: This is one of my favourite races and it was a real pity that it was spoilt this year by the 45 minute delay to the start and the lack of water in what was an absolutely boiling hot day.
I think the organisers were a little unlucky and if the weather had been cooler the water problems and delay would not have bee such a big issue. But in this weather it was a real nightmare.
Overall though I still think that this is a great event and I will probably do this again next year - but will be praying for a much cooler day. Date of review: June 21, 2005