In short: Fantastic Race! Something for everyone and a lovely 2K downhill finish! In full: My second time at this one - it's a superb race and one which is now firmly on my list of all time faves...! Today was an incredible field - lots of very fast elites, but also beginners having a great time! Good route - 3 small inclines! and a fabulous 2k downhill finish. brilliant organisation. thanks. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Good event, well organised In full: Some hills are challenging, miles 10 to 12 a bit boring though estate, final mile in park great with support. Seemed to pass three finish lines from final corner which was a bit confusing but overall good event. Could do with maybe one or two extra drink stations. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Hills were a killer and not enough water In full: This was my first half marathon and I really enjoyed it. Great marshalling, great mile markers. But there wasnt enough water stops and couldnt we of had an energy drink stop? Hills were tough especially the one at 9 miles, but I made it in a good time (well I thought it was 1.57)
In short: Tough hills & 3 in 10K!! In full: Too few toilets & exiting the car park was a bit disorganised..but apart from that well organised ...am now wishing i had done more hill work!! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: very flat In full: fast course ,but if you want a good time get to the front at the start as there are 1000 runners in a narrow street you can lose a lot of time. well worth the trip. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Fast, well organised, popular race.... In full: Really fast 5 mile course around Alsager. Quiet roads, good field and slick organisation, along with a good t-shirt. Just gun the first 3 miles and hang on for a pb!... Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A PW for me, this is a tough course. A good event though, well organised and friendly In full: There didn't seem to me to be much falt on this course, it was either up or down all the way! Found it tough going, and could have done with a lift from the runaway horse at mile 4! All credit to the marshalls and organisers, raises money for a good cause. Would rather pay an extra £1 or so and get a medal rather than a cheap pen though. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Good organisation. Recommended. Pleasant route with a few minor hills. Great race to start to the season. In full: Thanks - well organised and very supportive marshalls. Please take out the "false finish" next year. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Great location, tough hills, fairly well organsied, brilliant finish. In full: A great scenic location for a race and the loop around course means that there's always plenty of support to cheer you on.
The hills are fine the first time round, but they get you on the second lap. But they are all made up by the fantastic finish - practicallly a whole KM of straight downhill running towards the house. Great.
Good medal and some SiS goodies go towards making up for the reasonably steep entry fee.
A couple a points on the downside though, as usual nowhere near enough toilets. With ten minutes to go to the start there was still a huge queue - way more than ten minutes - I gave up and went where nature intended (along with many others). The other problem was so many cars trying to escape around the same time, we spent over half an hour just waiting to get out of the car park. Some planning here would be nice.
Overall more good than bad, and a great race. Date of review: February 5, 2006