In short: Had a great run. Well marshelled. Great crowd support. In full: Unfortunately the end was chaotic with regards to medal & goody bag collection and where to leave your race chip. I will definately take part again next year. Date of review: October 15, 2005
In short: Fast course with good chance of PB time. In full: I can uderstand people not being happy about baggage tent etc. but I thoroughly enjoyed the race. The course was flat and completely traffic free which is a bonus. I was lucky enough to get to the turn early and avoid the crowd and to be honest coming from London it is a pleasure to run along the waterfront road in Liverpool. When you run on a course with traffic you may start to appreciate a traffic free course. But yes as I said I can understand people being unhappy. Date of review: October 15, 2005
In short: Getting better each year In full: My fourth year in a row, shall be back next year. The wave starts introduced last year were a graet improvement, and the new route helped the parking making leaving afterwards much better than previosu years. Still think more toilets are needed ! Great race overall, great friendly atmosphere for runners (and walkers) of all standards. Best race outside of FLM I think. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: Nice little race In full: Layout of race means that upon exiting the stadium, some congestion is inevitable. Having said that, the field opened out soon enough, with plenty of room to put your foot down.
Have my doubts about the first km marker, but other than that, no complaints.
A really weighty, chunky medal at the end for those of you that like such things. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: A great race for everybody - runners, spectators and marshalls all seemed to have loads of fun. this is definetly one of the top five road races in the country Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: This was my first two lap marathon & it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. In full: The course was varied & interesting with a trip through the castle grounds, out to the coast & through parkland. It was flat if you like that kind of thing & the marshals & drink stations were well organised. The people dawdling four abreast at the back of the Half were a bit of a pain but the best bit was the Millenium Stadium. Totally unique. Brilliant. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: Loved it. In full: ok ok… so yes, it could have been more scenic, yes the start/finish line could have been explained to the runners a few more times, yes the queue to the baggage was long, but in defence of the organisers and playing devils advocate:
1) there wasn't a formal queue to collect the goody bag/, medal from. I watched this form up, the way the British do (ooo we love forming queues)... There were 4 vans with differing sizes of t-shirts, but the approach from the road meant people started queueing at the first van, before being directed to successive vans for there particular t-shirt size.
2) the scanning of tags by a hand wand, after the finish line is a safety measure, to ensure every tag is recorded. In theory, at least, all tags will be recorded by the cable running over the finish line, however (going by the web site of the company providing the timing facilities) it seems nothing is 100% fool-proof. I approached a man with a hand scanner and asked him to scan me to be 100% sure it had logged me finishing the race.
3) to have had the turn-around going around the entire roundabout would have meant having the finish line moved. I guess the constraints for setting out the course, were that the start/end had to be in the area it was. Potentially the extra distance around the roundabout would have put the start/finish line out onto the road infront of the Porsche dealers?
In short: Well organised, excellent route. In full: Excellent well marshalled run. The scenery was good helped by the sunshine. Course was undulating rather than hilly. I will definitely be back.However if you want fancy dress or loads of supporters this is not the one for you. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: My first half and a great experience with great weather and organisation. In full: My first half-marathan and a fantastic experience! Great weather and a truly 'undulating' course. Thoroughly enjoyable. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: great race but prob not for a slow beginner as the last runners were home around 2:40 In full: Kenilworth is a great half marathon - beautiful scenery, fantastic marshalls and organisation and undulating rather than out and out hills. Unless its your day, you prob will not run a PB (I did not) but heh, you might and anyway its a great experience. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: Small Local Gathering In full: Very small turnout for what appears to be the first attempt at this race. Long delay to the start while the local news photographer messed out - same again at the finish. No marshals on the route. Friendly and charming enough, but sometimes felt like we were intruding on a private family day out. Date of review: October 14, 2005
In short: Good Fun In full: An enjoyable morning. The brass band and the scenery of Hampstead Heath are the plus points. Some signposting at entrances to the Heath would be helpful in pointing people to the start point. Long initial climb is balanced by the easy freefall to the finish. Some better organisation at the finish is needed - a number of runners got confused. Fund-raising appears to be the main aim of the event and you need to inform the organisers if you are not fund-raising or you'll get a number of follow-up letters asking for money. Date of review: October 14, 2005