In short: 2nd half-marathon - enjoyable enough without a PB In full: This was the first time I'd run in Liverpool - despite spending 4 years at university here. I really enjoyed the race despite a suspect stomach for much of the first half (I did fear a Paula Radcliffe moment before spotting the portaloos at 7 miles!), and found Parliament Street not too bad at my plodding pace.
My only other attempt at this distance (Great North Run 2004) finished in 2:00:56, and I didn't expect to get close to that as I hadn't been training as maniacally this time. I also hadn't ran outside as muich as I'd liked although I did do a few 10k races along the way this time. So, all in all, I was just pleased to get round without walking in 2:14:17 and now have something to build towards.
I thought the whole day was well organised, though. Any lack of signs for the city centre parking didn't really affect me, as my running friend brought his sat-nav with him. Plenty of drinks along the course and the marshalls were very encouraging, as were the spectators. One of my highlights was a lady at the top of the Parliament St hill encouraging us all up the hill - she was incredibly enthusiastic (possibly mad as anything too?) and managed to raise a smile. No real concerns over the XL t-shirts from this L chunky monkey, and the very nioce medals reminded me a little of Jim'll Fix It badges!
I think my only complaint (or closest thing to a complaint) was that the band at the turnaround in town were miming!!!
Really hope to be back next year to improve on my time. Thanks to everybody involved in making it such a successful day. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Been meaning to do it for last 3 years..well worth the wait. Personal bests all round - definetely on the calendar for next year! In full: Well organised race - chip timing would make it better though. Fast start - I'm a 9.50-10 minute miler and I did first 3 in 24 minutes!! Well supported race with plenty of supportive marshalls and spectators. Getting away after the race was a bit of a nightmare and we only live 8 miles away. Will be back next year to try to break my PB again! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: A great route, well planned and good practice for a marathon. In full: Fantastic weather (just a bit breezy!) accompanied this brilliant half marathon. The crowd played a major role and were so encouraging - in fact, they were the icing on the cake. Once out of Fleet, the villages were beautiful and the the regular drink / sponge stations were well organised. Quite emotional at the end! A truly memorable day - Thanks everyone! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Nice flat course, but crowded In full: Fantastically organised race - drinks stations marvellous, clocks and mile markers nice and clear, and plenty of toilet stops!!
What put a dampener on it for me was the weather - you are totally exposed to the elements, and I felt like I was running against the very cold wind for the majority of the race!!
The course itself if very very dull as well - there is nothing much to look at, and on certain parts of the course there was quite a bit of bottlenecking, due to the huge number of people running. Also, bit underwhelmed with the XL t-shirt! But will make a great nightie.....
But to be fair it was amazing to be part of such a huge and well organised event. Well worth doing, and excellent pb potential as the course is very fast.
In short: Very good event In full: A big mix of runners seemed to be in this race. The organisation/marshalling was very good and there was some nice support. It was great to be off roads for a change and running through the forest. There were 2 or 3 short and sharp climbs between 4 and 9 miles but the last 4 were largely downhill. Nice straight down to the finish as well. The medal slightly disappointng but cold lucozade drink and sweets were very good. Would do again if possible. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Lovely race, very well organised for a small event In full: I really enjoyed this half-marathon, mainly because the course is wonderful. Also, for a small race the organisation was great - chip timing, clear instructions and goodies at the end! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: well marshalled, fast course In full: This is a really well organised race, and hats off to the marshalls and other officials who had to stand around in the cold wind for a couple of hours or more. For anyone who has run the October 10k, the first six miles of this course is basically the same, but in reverse. This means the first half is a bit uphill, but nothing too hideous. A lot of the run is through urban/suburban streets (not traffic free, but well policed)and there are dfinite PB opportunities. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: A great race for my first Half M! In full: This was my first Half after previously doing 5 & 10K races. The start area had a fun, friendly atmosphere with clearly labelled marquees & there were even clowns to entertain the crowds! I wasn't too sure where to stand in the starting area, despite reading the event instructions - some markers would have been useful - but I managed to get in okay & hopefully not slow anyone else down. Once out of the town there were some inclines but the last 4-5 miles seemed to flatten out. I must have missed the 13-mile marker because before I knew it, I was at the finish. There were a good allotment of drink stations & plenty of stewards (the help at crossing busy roads was very much appreciated.) The race medal is really nice & the tee shirt is good quality - plus there were free bananas!! I really enjoyed it & will definitely do this one again. I ran a faster time than I'd predicted (though disappointingly the chip time seems to take the start time from the gun & not when you cross over the start line - well that or my watch & two of my supporters' watches were all out by the same amount!) Overall this was a really good experience - thank you, Stafford! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Crowd support made the day well done Hastings. In full: A tough course but what tremendous support almost pulled you up those hills. My first half Marathon so a personal best (of course it would be). Bottled water would be better but this would put the cost up. A great and memorable day ill be back next year. Date of review: March 21, 2006