In short: Bad scenery, windy, fantastically well organised. In full: The traffic in the surrounding roads was very heavy. Once into the car park the marshals made parking easy and gave clear directions. Plenty of toilets, both near the car park and down near the start. Marshals were every where. Clear direction was given and the tannoy system was well used to keep everyone informed of how long to go before the start, the start process itself and the progress of the leaders while on the route. The course is flat and has little to look at; nothing to break up the wind either.
At the finish line, the championchips were removed with little fuss and picking up the goody bag was well organised. The bag was a little disappointing, a T shirt, medal, bottle of water and a lucozade drink.
Thoroughly enjoyed the event and will go back again next year to do it again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: New PB for me at 1 hour 50 47 secs, missed getting under 1 hour 50 as the wind in the final mile was worth. Well organised and supported. Changing in a F1 Garage is a novelty! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Beginning messed up, hill nasty, but OK in the end In full: My first time here, I'd come back but mainly because it's close. It's a two lap course which goes up a long hill, down a long hill, round again and then down to the finish, the hill was fine the first time round but I'm not so sure about the second! I still got a decent time, but it was a bit hillier than I'd have liked. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: My first marathon, good choice, nice weather and organisation In full: Pleasant event. Well organised, with water stations and mile markers. Was my first 'big one' so pleased just to get around. Course and organsiation makes it fine for beginners, but if you're slow it was pretty lonely miles 5 to 20. However, well worth the day out, and good value too. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A great day and managed a PB which is a bonus. Spent ages waiting in the bagage queue and it was freezing but the bus service was great and so was parking in Speke. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Absolutely brilliant! Well organised, friendly and challenging race! In full: Organization was the most impressive I've seen in a race. Marshals were great, really supportive even though they were stood about in biting cold winds! Sweatshirt and food goody bag great (and tasty!)- was good to be able to replenshish fuel so quickly at the end as this really aids a faster recovery. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Great for me as my first 1/2M but didn't find that much encouragement from viewers/marshals. In full: It was my first half marathon and the course was very good. I was doing a very good time until I got really bad cramps in mile 11, so my final time was not good :o(. However, I really enjoyed it, but I think that there could have been a more enthusiastic and encouraging public/marshalls. Also I would recommend providing small water bottles rather than plastic cups 'cause my water went anywhere but into my mouth and we can't run with it. I know it would pull the price up but I would have preferred to pay £3 more if I had known... Anyway, thank you so much, I had lots of fun and will probably do it again next year! :o) Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Not bad run on a lovely spring day In full: For my first half marathon, I was pleased with today. Good course, not too tough with spectator support about half of the way round. Finished inside my 1:50 target, and I'll probably come back next year Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A really well organised event which will have me coming back for years! In full: Never done this 1/2 before and found it to be well worth the trip. Good facilities at HQ once I found it, plentry of room to warm up. The first 5 miles seemed uphill all they way with a few flat bits in between. After that it was a great run through the forest trails with a nice downhill finish. Would recommend this run to anyone Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: absolutely perfect In full: everything was spot on today, the organisers deserve a pat on the back. Knocked 21 mins off my pb i got 1 hour 42 mins, which if im honest i didnt expect in my 2nd half marathon, after doing the same event last year. the energy bar and chocolate in the goodie bag were ded nice aswell, which makes a change! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Tough last 4 miles this year In full: I think the revised course is better than last year. Weather was fantastic, given the low temperatures at the tail end of the week. Was well on course for a first time sub 1.30 until the 8 mile mark when ankle problems set in. The last 3 miles were very tough and I was gradually drifting backwards. This is the first half marathon that I've found mentally challenging as I was very tempted to give up with pain and diappointment at the 10 mile mark. I used this race as a marker for the Edinburgh Marathon in June. This was a bit of a wake up call but pleased that I had the mental strength to press to the end clocking in at 1.42. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Good Organisation, Dull Scenery but in the right conditions cood be a PB course! In full: This was the second time I have done this run, so I had a fair idea what was coming up… but somehow I had forgot how mind numbing the scenery was. Taking nothing away from the organisers, it was slick and well run. Plenty of water and Lucozade, well marshalled, and a better than average goody bag which included a T-shirt and decent Medal. Unfortunately for me, I found the Grey, Cold, Bleak Windy weather too much and ended up 4mins off my PB despite it being a flat fast course. Not the Organisers fault though! Date of review: March 19, 2006