In short: Fast flattish course In full: Positives: Good race and atmoshere. Enough water stations.
It's already been said about the mile markers. Really bad I'm afraid as I didn't see any until 4th. Did 3 mile cool down after and still had difficulty seeing them as some were sideways and small. People are trying to assess their pace so need large markers that are easy to see. Toilets a joke as such large queues and people trying to go still before the start. Getting to the start, this was a problem even if you left early as there was a large bottleneck just after the woods in the field. There were a lot of people here when the gun went off including me and when there are people trying to squeeze through a gate one at a time it is very slow. Took 2mins for me to get to the start and then was behind 2000 runners. This was the end of my going for a good time. The organiser shouldn't have started race on time if there are hundreds of runners still not lined up and should have anticipated this. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: A good first effort. Hope to be back next year. In full: As my first half marathon it was good to see the sun shining. Arriving early meant missing the queues for the loos but the race start was a bit of a crush. A great course that I'll return to and hopefully run a bettertime over. Great crowd support kept me going over the last couple of miles. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Challenging, but well organised and friendly In full: There are a number of hills in this, so don't expect PBs on it. However this is a well organised (by Chorley Harriers) and friendly event. The only complaint is that the country park attracts a number of dog walkers which can cause obstructions - potential accident waiting to happen I'm afraid. Small field - good for beginners. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: great scenery, great route - a 'must do' In full: relly enjoyed this: the hills were not as bad as feared, the scenery was fantastic, no cars, and chip timing. Only slight gripe is the placement of the first water station - at the bottom of the steepest bit of the course. Not really wehre you want to break rhythm. Maybe an extra one would have helped too.
One of the best halves anywhere. Already pencilled in for next year. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Excellent Pre-London Half Marathon race In full: -PB course - they don't get much flatter than this! -Good support from the crowds -Well organised -Sub 1:30 runners can easily get up front (only a few seconds to cross the start line), with plenty of elbow room...Great North Run...err no thanks!! -Bit expensive at 25 notes though, and that doesn't even get you pins for your number..tight, or just an oversight? -On the calendar for next year Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Good venue, great atmosphere, well organised In full: Done this every year and keep praying nce we shall get good weather. Exposed course, so if it's windy/rainy/hail/snow you are going to get it. Not as flat as you would think, but a good race and warm up for future events. Car parks better this year and we did not stand around for a delayed start this time so big progress. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Excellent choice for a first half-marathon... In full: ...just a shame I didn't finish it! Well organised and very easy to find - no queues to get in if you know the back roads. Everyone very helpful and friendly - especially the medical staff who I spent a lot of time with. I'll definitely be back next year, fighting fit and ready to get that pb. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Well organised event, and really good for spectators, my wife was cheering me on from various points in Sefton Park. Lucozade near the top of the hill was an absolute winner and made sure I came in under 2 hrs. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: A great day out. In full: My 1st half marathon and i thought it was pretty special. Super day great atmosphere and a beautiful city. Will definately run this one again. Thank you to organisers and for street support. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Why go all the way up the M1 ! In full: OK, the Great North will always be a special one, but scenic, fast, PB potential ? This was my first real try out at the 1/2 M having done lots of 10k's, and I knocked 24 minutes off my last GNR time ! Didn't notice the hills, apart from a couple of great downward ones. Nice to see the support from the locals and stewards, genuine support, though I agree about the b.b.q....as bad as the bloke with the beer barrel in Newcastle. This is probably my nearest quality 1/2 M, I can't believe I left it so long to enter, but it's going to be my benchmark PB one from now on....unless I do better in Blackpool. Date of review: March 22, 2006