In short: Very enjoyable half marathon along scenic country lanes In full: My first half marathon and what a great experience. Well organised, good facilities, friendly marshals and spectators, plenty of water stations along the way. Fairly flat course with just a few undulations, through some pretty villages and countryside. Will definitely do it again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere but very cold wind! In full: My first half marathon and I'm glad I did this one. I was raising money for hearing dogs and it was nice to hear the marshals call 'Go hearing dogs' as I went past. Wind was freezing cold and seemed to hit only on the harder parts of the course but it was a great race. Well done everyone! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: First ever race, really enjoyed it. In full: Had a great feeling to be amongst so many other like minded individuals. the course was fine, the uphills were hard but were compensated by the downhills! The finish on the stadium track was a nice touch. Good showers, changing and lockers.
Downside: Why move the start up the hill 2 mins before the race? A tad confusing.
But I'll definately be back next year, if only for the sentiment of it being my first race. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Shame about the wind - that combined with the undulating nature of the course made it too difficult for me to hit the 1:15, but at least I was 2:35 quicker than last year. Well organised. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Excellent scenery, great hills, tough course & wonderfully organised. In full: A great alternative to a big city marathon, well organised, friendly support along the route with breath taking scenery & lots of marshalls. A quick finish with a welcoming table of tea & cakes. I look forward to running it again next year. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A PB for me perhaps cos I did not see a mile marker until mile 4 and by that time I was knocking out 6.30's. The wind brought that back to a manageable 7 min miling In full: Sort out the mile markers and this would be a race to beat. The Mrs enjoyed spectating from Queens Sq, nice medal as well. Race village was a bonus Will be back next year Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: like a mini London Marathon In full: nice race well marshalled with plenty of drinks stations.The runners village was a good idea and the course was ok.The head wind on the way back made it hard work but i got a pb anyway.Gripes mile markers need to be higher up ,chip times not the official time on the results but gun time to finish is so you lose time getting to the start line good race though well done cadets and marshals Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Excellent organisation, PB potential, cold wind, great London warmup In full: I was really pleasantly surprised by this race - everything worked like clockwork, queues for ladies' loos manageable which must be a first, time at every mile, and a goody bag with t shirt AND medal. Only problem was the biting cold wind which seemed to blow only on the uphill sections...... Scenery dull but didn't matter if you're treating this as a pre-London training event, and knocked 2 mins off previous PB so well chuffed! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Excellent race In full: A lovely race through the forest. A few hills but nothing too bad. Great support and organisation. Well done for chip timing. Could of done with an extra drinks station but still a brilliant event and very friendly. Support from Haribo sweets too and a bottle of lucozade/medal at the end. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Great for an introductory half marathon and if you want to get a good time. In full: First half-marathon for me and managed a respectable 1:54 so very happy! Well organised, well marshalled and clear directions throughout. As the course has no shelter, it was quite windy but no big hills which was nice! (Couple of cheeky wee inclines, though...). Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Excellent organisation. Good PB course. In full: OK, not the most fantastic scenery but I rather liked the novelty factor of running round a track that a Formula 1 car would lap in little more than a minute. The course is very flat but also quite exposed and can be a bit windy. Excellent marshalling throughout. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Well organised and enjoyable run, although not a big fan of out and back courses. Lots of support in Sefton Park, but a little bit thin on the ground heading out into town. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Enjoyable day out in Stafford. Varied route with good fast flat finishing 2 miles. In full: There had been some worries about the 'squarial' chip timing arrangements. More detailed instructions might help if these devices are used again. I must have been slow getting to the man with the chip-reading paddle, because someone I just beat is recorded as 4 places and 11 secs ahead of me. But results were up on the web really quickly, and within 5 secs of my stopwatch reading, so can't complain. Overall a very good run (and a PB). Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Heard it was good. Now I know what they mean In full: couldn't believe how good the crowd were considering the location of some of the groups. I do wish they wouldn't sip guinness and cook bar b q's as I ran passed though :-) Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Brilliant In full: I'm really glad we are back to the original route. I like the two laps as this helps give excellent crowd support. (Spectators can walk between various points of the route) I don't think the route could be improved now its back to the original!
Two minor grips though - the water bottles were a good improvement on the cupped water, but I was so conscious of waste - can we have smaller capacity bottles? Also what am I going to do with the male deodorant in the goody bag? Can we cut out the goody bag and have a cheaper entrance fee? Having been a loyal entrant to this race for many years, it is now being priced out of my reach! Only entered this year as I used credit card!
Now we can't use the Pavilion, I'm very worried about 10,000 runners trying to shelter if we have the monsoon conditions of a couple of years ago! Do the organisers have contingency plans? Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Had a great day - PB and am still aching In full: Most of the problems from previous years have been fixed. From keeping the pushchairs out of the starting area to the logistics at the end. Marshalls quietly effective and the cadets etc at drink stations were great, well done. I Liked the course changes, any chanch of making Pultney Road downhill on the way back! Date of review: March 19, 2006