In short: Great marathon training In full: Must be doing something right, ran 15 minutes faster than the previous 16-miler in March. Well-organised, great scerny for half the way and plenty of room. Only small gripe is finishers gift of a mug rather than a medal. Still, it will come in useful for my builders this week and keep them off the good china! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised event. Fantastic that it was traffic free. Excellent PB material. In full: Very well organised and busy event. Loved finishing in the stadium. Would have been excellent to have had some music playing in the stadium. Very impressed with marshalling and all those involved as well as traffic free. Lovely weather and excellent race to get a PB which I did manage to achieve. Would recommend this to folk who like running on roads and prefer a low undulating course. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well organised. Great atmosphere. Ran the whole way with a smile on my face. In full: Very well organised start in 3 waves (maybe the Gt North Run could take note of this) meant not too much crowding. Nice historic city. Great goody bag, T-shirt and medal. Would definitely do this one again. Thanks Portsmouth - Great City. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Average In full: Better signposting is needed, at every turn I had to stop and ask the marshalls which way to go! The parts around the park, harbour and castle were pretty, I noticed some of the faster runners had to weave around pedestrians through the park as walk ways were still open. Medal was dissapointing as it has no ribbon and doesn't fit in the box properly. Could be a good marathon but improvement needed. Would reccomend Loch Ness instead. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Good fun - 3 wave start works well especially for beginners In full: Very well organised. Loos not a problem if you weren't in the elite wave. Enjoyed the cold shower at 6.5m. Lots of water at the two stations. Thanks to Cystic Fibrosis for their hospitality. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: good run In full: i dont know what everyone is moaning about. The announcer clearly stated where the start finish was and the electronic ring of the timing loop clearly let you know where it started and finished.
Wonderful views of liverpool waterfront and a number of sites along the route. (runner 307 was very nice).
The people who complain about the goodie bags and t-shirts and organisation should actually try and arrange a race themselves.
In short: Very good (getting better each year) 10 mile race, In full: Kids runs on Saturday very well organised, DL 1 mile challenge excellent event also - good warm-up for the Sunday race. Sunday went well, no real problems (not enough loo's as ever). Nice day, great shirt and medal. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Excellant Half Marathon venue In full: really good half marathon run, the hill will reduce the time that could be run but it only added a minute and a half to my time. really nice course and definatley one to do again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: First 4.5k steeply uphill, then 5.5k downhill all the way. 2nd half so exhilarating it made up for the misery going up! Scenery stunning. In full: I found the first half of the race so tough that I walked/ran most of it as did everyone else around me. The view at the top was spectacular though all across the Welsh countryside -could easily have stood there for 10 minutes taking it all in! There seemed quite a low turnout, maybe 200 runners max? but there was a really good atmosphere, much better than the other Cancer Research 10k I did. The runners were friendly, the marshalls were excellent and the chap doing the commentary was very good, reading out peoples actual names from his list as they finished. I did it in 1hr 14 mins but people were still coming in 20 mins later! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Lovely Half-Marathon let down by the chaos at the end.. In full: My first half-marathon, and it was a lovely experience (apart from the badly organised end!). The spectators on the way were fantastic cheering everyone one. The course route was excellent. However, it was let down by a number of factors: At the finish we were herded up the nearest exit only to join the chaotic crowds waiting to get the medals. Only 3 people giving them out for the thousands that finished! No organisation, no queuing systems at all! Shambolic - 45 mins waiting! When I reached the next stall that had the fruit, I enquired about whether we'd have some water, and was told that was given at the finish, it was only when going to get my bag that I saw the water stand at trhe bottom of the course, but was herded up the nearest exit by marshalls before we could get to it! The so-called 'secure' baggage area - was just a seat in the stadium, with no security - anyone could have wandered in and taken bags etc. Also, the atmosphere in the stadium was let down by the fact that there was no music playing, when it was clearly stated that Red Dragon Radio would be entertaining the crowds. Even though, the end was a mess which desperately needs to be sorted out, I will definitely be back next year. And I'll now know what to expect! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Only problems were the start and fi ish In full: An expensive race but worth the money for the stadium finish. Main gripes are the start where most of the field seemed to be outside the 'under 2 hour' section leading to some congestion in the first few miles. Also the organisation at the finish was so bad it was almost funny. Other than that, a great, flat course, well supported most of the way and an ideal race for the capable runner as well as the beginner. Date of review: October 10, 2005