In short: Fantastic atmosphere, but too many people In full: First 11 miles spent dodging other runners, pretty frustrating really, the roads are too narrow to take 50,000 runners, and with the weather today they needed water stations much earlier in the route. Loved the atmosphere and the crowds, very friendly from arrival in Newcastle all the way to leaving this evening. Race for the day, definitely not for the time. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: quite hilly In full: It was much more hilly than I expected with one in particular being difficult. My gps said I'd done well over 6.5 miles at end. After 52.30 last week, I wasn,t much under the 1 hour. Very pretty run - will do again next year Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Great scenery and well organised! In full: People finding that they miss the start should turn up earlier!! Agree with the comments about motorists using the same roads as the race - couldn't they have put in place wider diversions? Great weather and support throughout - will do again! Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: The In full: What a day! Totally fantastic!
I couldn't say that I liked being squirted with water by the kids, but other than that, the supporters were fantastic! People with sweets, oranges, water, biscuits and the guy with the hose! Plus all the cheering and music!
It was disheartening to see so many people being tended to by the Saint John's Ambulance Being a black lace fan I enjoyed all the Oggy Oggy Oggies, well I did up to the fifth time.
Loads of friendly people, a nice T Shirt, A good medal and sweets, a pretty good haul in the goodie bag...
The event was well organised, although it took me almost half an hour to cross the start line.
I also have to say that I covered way more than 13 miles zig zagging between all the bloody walkers, I know there's a lot of people who are doing it for a good cause, but for heavens sake people! Train for a 13 mile run, not stroll! It'd be good for you! And akin to that point, what were all those people doing in front of me anyway? I was in the 10 minute mile space, shouldn't they have lined up behind me? I was going past scooby doos and elvises left and right! Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Great Course - great competition, great mix of town and rural In full: A great race , undulating urban and gently rolling picturesque rural. A great mix of ability with a lot of quality runners. Generally I found the course very fast indeed - fantastic weather for it too. Great goody bag too!!
Well done Walsall Rotary !! Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation In full: Well marshalled, good police presence, lots of water stations. Really well organised. There was a big line for the loos on the recreation ground before the start but a few minutes away there were more portaloos and no line. Shame about the motorists but short of full road closures what can you do. Some drivers are just a**e holes!! Well done and thanks to the organisers. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Excellent race with Hills.... In full: The hills are a challenge but thats the fun of it and once youre at the top there are great views to take your mind off of the pain. Nice t-shirt at the end and was great to hear youre name called out, well done to all who entered and organised it.. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Excellent race, excellent scenery, well organised In full: What a lovely race, nice a scenic, fairly challenging, well placed water stations and sponge stations (altho I will agree a slight bit of mis organisation with the first water stop), marshalls very cheery and uplifting, brilliant brilliant race, well done. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Great race.... In full: Really well organised, with plenty of water / sponges. Marshalls fantastic. Tourists in cars need to be more patient. Driving along controlled roads at walking pace is a real obstacle for runners. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: A great race let down a little in organisation this year In full: Not up to its usual standards. Same old moans though, not enough toilets for such a large number of runners meant lots of queues and nearly missing the start of the race. The first water station was a mess with loads of people running around but not getting much water to the table. Otherwise, lovely weather and a very pleasant course made for a happy day out Date of review: September 18, 2005