In short: Well Organised Race!! Pity it's too popuar!! This is my third year running this half marathon, and I too was frustrated by people who started at sub 1:50 but were walking within 1 mile! I think I ran 5 miles in the first 3- dodging slower runners Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Big turn out for 25th Anniversary In full: Most years i have been a spectator here , but this year decided to be a competitor. Fantastic first half Marathon , Loads of toilets at the start , well organised water stations , great Marshalls , and i take my hat off to the Spectators for helping me get round . To see the stands filled with cheering people on the last 200 meters is something i will never forget. For the 25th Anniversary this was a special day , this event can only get bigger and better ....Watch out GNR Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: A great half marathon in a lovely setting. In full: The potential for a PB at Vyrnwy is very good, however, the course is not as flat as some people make it out to be - much of the first mile is up a pretty significant hill and there is another long 3% drag between 6 and 8 miles. Nonetheless, a fantastic half marathon at a great venue. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great day out - great atmosphere In full: This was my first marathon after four or five halfs, and the largest race I've taken part in (12,000 entries). fantastic atmosphere, great organisation and a field full of toilets at the start!
The first half of the race is very well supported but when you split from the half to continue on the full the support seemed to disapear within 20 feet literally! The second half of the course was flat but I agree with others who've commented that the 2 and a half lengths of the rowing lake is so demoralising, it's more a test of mental strength than running stamina.
One word for the stewards, they gave encouragement all the way round which made a change to some of the races I've done and the supply of drinks and gels never slowed - something Blackpool could learn about! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Very well run race (by the organisers!) In full: A few negative comments from others so I thought I'd add some positive. Lots of loos; lots of water/energy drinks/gels; lots of supportive marshals. I think the route's good; a few small hills for the first half, second half pretty flat. If you like your races flat and wide you could always take to the track! On a personal note, a dead straight 21st mile into a headwind was a good (bad!) test of determination! I'll probably come again. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: For Gods sake think of the children and change that lake route! In full: For the first half the support was brilliant but it drops off dramatically after the 12 mile turn off and you get into the full, luckily I met a great guy called Ian and we kept chatting for the rest of the way, but please ditch the cones! It's hard enough but seeing the long lake and you have to run pass the damn thing 3 times! It was my first Marathon distance and I loved the whole atmosphere, great facilities too! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great organisation, poor scenery - please don't make me run alongside that rowing lake again In full: Great organisation and welcoming environment. Lovely, encouraging marshalls. Scenery got dull after the first 12 miles - could the route be changed? I hated running up and down the rowing lake! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: A walk with runners invited, so not really geared for serious runners, but good tough fun with fantastic scenery. In full: Start time varied according to media, so we comprised with a 10am and 11am start. The organisers did not appear to know much about runners ie. 2 drinks stations, no one to record times at end, having to run with a map/directions in hand. Fortunately, in the second group there were only 7 of us, who had great fun meeting up in the middle of fields for a 'which way now' conversation after arriving from a few different directions! We also needed to be able recognise a silver birch!! in order to begin the run in the right direction. The scenery was fantastic, with lots of variety in the terrain. It was a tough run but great fun especially dodging all the morris dancers in full flow along the final furlong. A big cheer is also given to the cooks who provided the apple pie, cream and caramel shortbread at the end. I will definately be back next year with some friends. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Over-crowded but a good bunch; great weather In full: Surely this race is now too big for some of the bottlenecks on the course. Apart from the crowds though, it was a good race in great running weather with a friendly bunch of runners.
Woolaton park was nice but otherwise the route is pretty dreary in the most part and could have been a run through any town.
Organisation was good (and loads of loos!). If I can't get into the GNR, I'll probably be back next year. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: they ran out of medals???? In full: seemed to run out of medals for the slower runners. one of our group did a fantastic 2.13 which was a brilliant achievement for her. she thought that only the fastest got medals. say a lot of upset runners at the back. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Too many people In full: Lets start with the good points: The mile markers were spot on and very visible which meant I didn't miss a single one. Bad points: Too many people for this kind of course (very narrow in some places). This meant that even by mile 11 we were reduced to walking pace. Quite a lot of people seemed to start in the wrong place. Runners who started at the sub-1.40 marker were walking after half a mile. Not too much of a problem if only one or two do this but it also makes people move closer and closer to the start. After reading some people's comments about the amount of toilets, I must be blind! I saw queues and queues of people before the start and only about 8 loos for 16,000+ runners. The course is quite uninspiring. I chose to only do the half this year as I was so disappointed with the second half last year. Some nice parts (Lace Market, the Park) but mostly could be in any city / town race. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Running almost 3 laps around the town at the start was novel but overall the route changes worked well and the cider memento was well received. In full: The real winner on the day must have been the local council with the car park costing £2.80 for 4 hours, but that's about the only gripe I can think of. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good race despite a few aspects of organisation which could be improved. In full: First marathon so when I say I enjoyed it it's a relative concept for miles 20 - 26. Good organisation, plenty of support, drinks, gels etc.
On the down side the directions to the car park were rubbish, I wasn't too keen on the bits in the second- half where the course went up on side of a row of cones and back down the other, and the price is a bit steep (but cheaper than the GNR, not difficult). Date of review: September 12, 2005