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
In short: Fast flattish course In full: Positives: Good race and atmoshere. Enough water stations.
It's already been said about the mile markers. Really bad I'm afraid as I didn't see any until 4th. Did 3 mile cool down after and still had difficulty seeing them as some were sideways and small. People are trying to assess their pace so need large markers that are easy to see. Toilets a joke as such large queues and people trying to go still before the start. Getting to the start, this was a problem even if you left early as there was a large bottleneck just after the woods in the field. There were a lot of people here when the gun went off including me and when there are people trying to squeeze through a gate one at a time it is very slow. Took 2mins for me to get to the start and then was behind 2000 runners. This was the end of my going for a good time. The organiser shouldn't have started race on time if there are hundreds of runners still not lined up and should have anticipated this. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: A good first effort. Hope to be back next year. In full: As my first half marathon it was good to see the sun shining. Arriving early meant missing the queues for the loos but the race start was a bit of a crush. A great course that I'll return to and hopefully run a bettertime over. Great crowd support kept me going over the last couple of miles. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Challenging, but well organised and friendly In full: There are a number of hills in this, so don't expect PBs on it. However this is a well organised (by Chorley Harriers) and friendly event. The only complaint is that the country park attracts a number of dog walkers which can cause obstructions - potential accident waiting to happen I'm afraid. Small field - good for beginners. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: great scenery, great route - a 'must do' In full: relly enjoyed this: the hills were not as bad as feared, the scenery was fantastic, no cars, and chip timing. Only slight gripe is the placement of the first water station - at the bottom of the steepest bit of the course. Not really wehre you want to break rhythm. Maybe an extra one would have helped too.
One of the best halves anywhere. Already pencilled in for next year. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Excellent Pre-London Half Marathon race In full: -PB course - they don't get much flatter than this! -Good support from the crowds -Well organised -Sub 1:30 runners can easily get up front (only a few seconds to cross the start line), with plenty of elbow room...Great North Run...err no thanks!! -Bit expensive at 25 notes though, and that doesn't even get you pins for your number..tight, or just an oversight? -On the calendar for next year Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Good venue, great atmosphere, well organised In full: Done this every year and keep praying nce we shall get good weather. Exposed course, so if it's windy/rainy/hail/snow you are going to get it. Not as flat as you would think, but a good race and warm up for future events. Car parks better this year and we did not stand around for a delayed start this time so big progress. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Excellent choice for a first half-marathon... In full: ...just a shame I didn't finish it! Well organised and very easy to find - no queues to get in if you know the back roads. Everyone very helpful and friendly - especially the medical staff who I spent a lot of time with. I'll definitely be back next year, fighting fit and ready to get that pb. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Well organised event, and really good for spectators, my wife was cheering me on from various points in Sefton Park. Lucozade near the top of the hill was an absolute winner and made sure I came in under 2 hrs. Date of review: March 22, 2006