In short: Very hot and more than 10k In full: Did this event last year. The course has been changed, the loop was not there before. Distance was 10.4k according to my GPS device. A lot of rough field to run over, I turned my ankle at around 6k which slowed me right down as a precaution. Despite that it was fun and I will do it again. Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Excellent first half, lonely second half In full: Excellent race for the half-marathon but got a bit lonely after 13 miles. wouldnt do full marathon again but would do half next time. good event with PB potential, enjoyable. Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Apart from the last 2 miles dragging on & on I liked the bloke offering beer by the roadside after just 4 miles! In full: This was my first go at one of these and will definitely have another go. It was good to get encouragement from the marshalls and other runners, even if some were flying past! Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Nice, flattish course. In full: Seemed to me that this race was geared up for faster runners. The majority of the course was downhill. Could of done without the hill at the end! I would do it again. Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Very good for an inaugural event In full: All things considered this was a great race. Fantastic scenery, well organised, nice atmosphere. As with others I agree it should have been slightly earlier and distance markers would have been useful. Not sure what it would have been like if it was wet. Overall it was good and hopefully I will be following the flamingos next year! Date of review: September 16, 2005
In short: Cold and a bit slippery but still enjoyed it! In full: Lovely location although weather no good for wandering around the "grinds"!
Start was very poorly organised and everyone was getting grumpy with the inane and very low impact aerobics we were all expected to follow and which wouldn't have warmed anything up! Many opting for their own jogs around to keep the circulation going.
Overall I really enjoyed the race as the weather suited me once I was going and because I'm not fast the terrain didn't bother me either - I have time to watch where I'm going. The string quartet playing pomp and cicumstance was quite quaint as well half way round!
Very non competetive atmosphere made this a race I may consider doing again just for a day out. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Came back to half marathons after 20 year lay off. This was and excellent reintroduction In full: Drunken new years resolution came back to haunt me! promised to do a half marathon after 20 year lay off so at 44 and 7 months build up was well pleased with 2:13. Target now id to get sub 2 perhaps next years drunken resolution :) Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: I'd reccommend everyone to do it In full: Did this race last year, was going to do it again, however, can't as it falls on the same day as the Ellesmere Port 10k race, and I can't miss my local race.
However, I'd reccommend everyone to do it, fast course, bit boring for 2 mile, rest is in the countryside and very nice. If it's windy though, before as it's a very open course... and mind the bolloards at the start of the race... about 400m down... get at the front if you can otherwise it's a pain to p[ass people Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Congratulations to the organisers, a BIG thanks to ALL the marshalls . In full: Only my 2nd half after 20years lay off, brilliant atmosphere.Really got the BUZZ back. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Better than expected In full: Like all marathons you've never done before it's difficult to know what to expect. This one was well organised and well marshalled. The gathering and meeting point was large and easy to access. The start was a little tight - for those of us running the marathon (especially as the target was a PB) it was a little frustrating not being able to get into your stride with so many half marathoners around. The energy drinks didn't suit me personally and maybe that's my fault for not trying it before hand but I ended up not using them which I found out to my cost later in the race was the wrong thing to do. The area around the watersports complex was lovely to run through but the wind made it difficult and to run backwards and forwards along the same paths is a little like Edinburgh and doesn't suit everyone including me. It's a shame that there can't be just one loop around this area This race is obviously well established and to be going for 25 years is something to be proud of. I probably won't be doing it again only because there are others to try. But I would recommend this one to anyone who's thinking of it next year. Shame there isn't an official T Shirt included in your fee, but that's a minor point. Well done and thanks to all the marshalls for all their encouragement. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Well organised, large field with some inclines In full: Very well organised, it even started on time. Given the large number of runners some parts of the race were rather narrow and/or twisty which did course some congestion. The start was very clearly divided into expected race times zones - which made even more frustrating that I spent a good part of the first two or three miles passing much slower runners Date of review: September 15, 2005