In short: Great training run for Spring Marathon In full: The climbs up and down the cliffs made this a bit tough but the wonderful veiws made up for it. Only negative point is that some of the mile markers were in the wrong place which made it hard to pace, especially 16-17. Not many of us at the back so I'm grateful that the marshals stayed on to offer support. If I ever do another spring marathon, I'll be back. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Very well organised with great crowd support In full: Nice route in and around Fleet along mainly traffic free roads. Lots of people supporting, frequent water and sponge stations and good organisation at beginning and end. I'll be back next year to have a serious crack at my PB! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Early inclines made it a hardish start but a good testing undulating course. In full: Just a point about result details. Maybe age-groups could be more defined. I.e. Instead of just + 60, also +65, or actual ages. And for females instead of a general + 35 years, higher ages as in males. Otherwise just include runners ages! Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: A bit of a haphazard start but fun overall and well-marshalled. A nice medal at the end. In full: A good event - set a PB for an 'official' 10km race with 1.07 but this was slow compared to recent training runs - I was hoping to finish in 1 hour or just under. There was a strong easterly wind though which I think took it's toll, particularly over thelast 1km. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: Good training for London In full: I would imagine that a lot of the entrants were using this as a warm up for London. Bit short on the water stations, and the marshals were a bit sparse on the ground in the second half of the race. The chap who kept going up and down on his bike in the first half was very good, and supportive. Couple of very busy roads to contend with, which were a bit hairy. Date of review: March 21, 2006
In short: The start was a bit of a nightmare. It was too narrow, and the announcer seemed perturbed that no-one was paying attention to him, even though the speakers weren't pointing to the runners. The race itself was really good though. In full: The start was a bit of a nightmare. It was too narrow, and the announcer seemed perturbed that no-one was paying attention to him, even though the speakers weren't pointing to the runners. And there was some commotion before we completed the loop at the start, which I later found out was because the lead car crashed into the Start/Finish line. That's the first time I've seen that.
The race itself was really good though. Undulating for the first 4 miles or so, but pretty flat after that. I ran a PB by 2 minutes. The organisation out on the course was excellent. There was reasonable support from locals. And although it wasn't as traffic-free as I'd have liked (we ended up in the left hand lane of the road with the other side open to traffic, which meant fumes and too much running on a right-to-left camber), I did enjoy the last 3 miles or so down the old railway track.
Generally I thought that the course layout was quite varied, which I enjoy. A bit of town centre, a bit of countryside, and around the suburbs. More picturesque and less hilly than Wolverhampton, even if the start needs a tweak. Date of review: March 21, 2006
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