In short: Very good for an inaugural event In full: All things considered this was a great race. Fantastic scenery, well organised, nice atmosphere. As with others I agree it should have been slightly earlier and distance markers would have been useful. Not sure what it would have been like if it was wet. Overall it was good and hopefully I will be following the flamingos next year! Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Cold and a bit slippery but still enjoyed it! In full: Lovely location although weather no good for wandering around the "grinds"!
Start was very poorly organised and everyone was getting grumpy with the inane and very low impact aerobics we were all expected to follow and which wouldn't have warmed anything up! Many opting for their own jogs around to keep the circulation going.
Overall I really enjoyed the race as the weather suited me once I was going and because I'm not fast the terrain didn't bother me either - I have time to watch where I'm going. The string quartet playing pomp and cicumstance was quite quaint as well half way round!
Very non competetive atmosphere made this a race I may consider doing again just for a day out. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Came back to half marathons after 20 year lay off. This was and excellent reintroduction In full: Drunken new years resolution came back to haunt me! promised to do a half marathon after 20 year lay off so at 44 and 7 months build up was well pleased with 2:13. Target now id to get sub 2 perhaps next years drunken resolution :) Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: I'd reccommend everyone to do it In full: Did this race last year, was going to do it again, however, can't as it falls on the same day as the Ellesmere Port 10k race, and I can't miss my local race.
However, I'd reccommend everyone to do it, fast course, bit boring for 2 mile, rest is in the countryside and very nice. If it's windy though, before as it's a very open course... and mind the bolloards at the start of the race... about 400m down... get at the front if you can otherwise it's a pain to p[ass people Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Congratulations to the organisers, a BIG thanks to ALL the marshalls . In full: Only my 2nd half after 20years lay off, brilliant atmosphere.Really got the BUZZ back. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Better than expected In full: Like all marathons you've never done before it's difficult to know what to expect. This one was well organised and well marshalled. The gathering and meeting point was large and easy to access. The start was a little tight - for those of us running the marathon (especially as the target was a PB) it was a little frustrating not being able to get into your stride with so many half marathoners around. The energy drinks didn't suit me personally and maybe that's my fault for not trying it before hand but I ended up not using them which I found out to my cost later in the race was the wrong thing to do. The area around the watersports complex was lovely to run through but the wind made it difficult and to run backwards and forwards along the same paths is a little like Edinburgh and doesn't suit everyone including me. It's a shame that there can't be just one loop around this area This race is obviously well established and to be going for 25 years is something to be proud of. I probably won't be doing it again only because there are others to try. But I would recommend this one to anyone who's thinking of it next year. Shame there isn't an official T Shirt included in your fee, but that's a minor point. Well done and thanks to all the marshalls for all their encouragement. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Well organised, large field with some inclines In full: Very well organised, it even started on time. Given the large number of runners some parts of the race were rather narrow and/or twisty which did course some congestion. The start was very clearly divided into expected race times zones - which made even more frustrating that I spent a good part of the first two or three miles passing much slower runners Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Race organisation good In full: Race organisation good. Infra structure around race like car parking, signage poor. marathon route second half a bit dull and bleak Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Too many people on too narrow streets In full: It was a great race but no one could run their ideal pace as there was massive congestion until we split with the half marathoners at 12.5 miles.
In short: Great fun will be better next year potentially a great race In full: The rating I gave for organisation reflects the fact that it was a first time race for organisers and I think they need to know where thwey need to improve< rather than how I felt about it I loved the atmosphere and friendlyness, and the little problems only added to this, this could become my favourate race, to anyone who lives near Gloucester/Stroud do this race next year,and the Sharpness to Glaws canal is one of the best training areas I know.Well done to Kev the organiser. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: see below In full: The 1k marker was more like 1.5k apparently they have been told it was in the wrong place for the last few years but have done nothing about it!!!! Signposting to the event was non existant(we had a lovely tour of local villages and country lanes trying to find it) hence arrived just in time(2 mins before start) to jump out of the car and dash to the start line Marshalling good and nice trophys.!!