In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it!! In full: It was my first half marathon and it was a truly enjoyable experience. Fantastic support from the marshalls and the crowd! Some parts could have been improved, eg the organisation at the finish line, but the mood that you are in by the time you finish is that of such elation you can overlook the cue for the medal and a banana! x Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great Race, Smooth Organisation, Value For Money In full: Great parking near the start, good open roads marshalled efficiently and with a smile, on time start at 10:00, electronic timing and a good 'goody-bag'. For £15 this was a value for money race like no other. The scenery was dull but I ran this because it was flat and fast not because of the views. Overall this was a great race, efficiently organised and enough space to run a good time. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation makes this one a bit special. In full: Friendly marshals and organisers really do make a big difference in my opinion. Positive encouragement was everywhere.
Facilities were excellent at Congleton High School with changing and showers and even massage on offer.
Course is challenging in parts but The Sting is only about 300m and so doesn't last forever. Pity it's at the 12 mile marker though! The early start makes for little trafic on rural sections which is always well received.
A T-Shirt that actually fits rounded off the perfect day!
Well done and thanks very much to Congleton Harriers and Congleton Lions. See you next year.
In short: A little disorganised on the day, and the finish line was chaos, but generally OK In full: Would be great if they hadn't turned off the website the day after and actually posted the results. Also very few hotels knew about the event and therefore were not ready or geared up for runners. Hilton had no pasta and would no serve breakfast prior to 7.30!! Not good as wife was running the half and they started at 8.15! Could do with more Lucozade points and someone to measure the course accurately. 27 miles!!!!?? Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: WHERE ARE THE RESULTS??? In full: A beautiful day, a magnificent city, a seafront run, a parkland jog and then CHAOS. A painful crush for medals (I never found the drinks, fruit and chocolate bars). And they've taken the site down so people stop visiting it looking for results, which they haven't sorted out yet. I thought champion chip meant automation. Utterly terrible organisation. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Lovely weather made this a great race to do! In full: As mentioned before the mile markers needed to be higher - I missed a number. Also the waves were very crowded at the beginning making it hard to get going. Too many walkers in the front of the last wave made it tough getting through to start with. Overall though - I'll be back for more next year Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Overpriced and badly organised. Boring course along a main road. In full: I should have known better...what can you expect from a big city race ? Money wasted on over-advertising the event and attracting a couple of minor international runners. Long queues for not enough loos, of course, and a shambles at the baggage collection. Never again !! Give me a little village race with lovely scenery every time. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Id never done a 10k run before but I felt at home with this one due to the great atmosphere. Excellent! At £17.50 it was expensive to enter but definetly worth it. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: If I had of been fit I would have smashed my PB... but I wasn't and I suffered towards the end. The millenium stadium is a pain to get out but overall.. brilliant Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: EXCELLENT RACE In full: The half marathon was an amazing race - I saw no problems with the organisation of the actual race, apart form knowing where to start. Plently of water - sports drinks nice addition. Everoyne was so so friendly, both runners and spectators. I achieved a PB of over 12 minutes in my second half marathon so not even the chaos of the end couls spoil it. I agree music would have been nice in the stadium but nothing could spoil finishing in my home countries most impressive stadium!
The exit fiasco was very annoying - as the last thing you want after 13 miles to is queue for you medal and bag - all this needed to be moved out of the stadium. However I had an amazing time - the time went quickly thanks to the friendly spectators and runners and ill be there next year with my welsh cap! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Fantastic, best GSR ever. In full: Parked at Gunwarf as the trains weren't running (d'uh!) No problems with traffic. Weather fab. Plenty of water. Loved the shower. Not the fastest, but definitely the best GSR i've ever done. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great race with fantastic views In full: Thoroughly enjoyed myself but wonder whether the water station is best placed at the foot of the toughest hill. Also, is one water station enough? Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: 10th Half - and a PB by 8 minutes! In full: This was a fantastic day - The course, weather, fellow runners and the way my body felt all helped make this a memorable day! I was pretty sure I could break my current PB which had stood for 3 years. I think I started too quick and kept saying to myself - "At the next mile marker - I should probably ease off for a while to save my energy." However, I never felt the need and actually ran a negative split for the first time! It was such a contrast from the GNR only 3 weeks ago!
Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Extremely efficient well organised, and attracting more people, and a classier field each year. Weather was superb which help, and dreaded wind from the solent down the final stretch stayed away! Good crowd helped the athletes along! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: A good fun flat 10k race, I really enjoyed the fact that you see the top runners on their way back on the loop. In full: The Organisation problems people have been talking about just need to be ironed out. I think the race was good value for money (Most mass participation races of £15+ so I am not sure what people are moaning about!) Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Fast, scenic, winding course worth the trip from Plymouth. The finish was terrible. In full: Worst organised race I have been running in in 20years. To start, the stadium was not open until 07:15 "secure baggage area" was any stadium seat. Some marshalls were too busy talking to direct front runners or were dummy's who had lost their arms for directing runners with. The finish was rubbish, no music, no atmosphere, no Dragon radio, no updates for the spectators on where runners were, who was finishing etc.., inept Race Director who didn't know what to do or where to put the microphone... No Championship chip disposal area and no one knew who or where to leave them. Amateurally run / organised with a large number of runners is going to cause disappionment for a lot of runners. I would run this race again BUT there needs to be a more professionally organised team running the event in future. Date of review: October 10, 2005