In short: Chip timing worked well. Km markers out. Toilets - left in the dark. In full: From a personal point of view I very much enjoyed the race. The chip timing and having two waves produced a more ordered start and finish. Having an extra water station was a bonus. The finish at the castle was much appreciated by the families of the runners. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: My first half marathon and one to remember as well! Scenery was magnificent and the weather couldn't have been better. The sponges were great to keep us cool. Prehaps more toilets needed next time? Definantly doing it again next year!! Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: well organised, and a good course In full: This was quite a pleasant run, mainly thru country roads. Plenty of marshalls on the course to help out, and the mayor giving out a snack bar at the finish line. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Nice race - good marshalls, good facilities. Nice "undulating" course! In full: Good well organised race. A nice challenging course (undulating) with a nice downhill second half. Liked the unusual 7 mile distance (certain pb!). Very friendly, not too busy - good price! Congrats to all organisers. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Well organised - (good cakes) - flat and scenic - PB written all over it In full: Everything seemed to work like clockwork. We were away just about exactly on time and it was well marshalled by friendly people. Spectators along the course were very supportive, too. Finish organisation seemed to work well. Excellent job done by all concerned.
Course is great, as it is almost completely flat. Pretty run through good countryside and lovely villages. Loved the day. And got a PB - first time below 1:45. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Lots of litter on the track as well as donkey doodoo, course shortned to 3 1/4 m In full: First time ive run on the sand, positivley challenging especially in the soft parts. Disapointed by the following: (1) No where to store post race kit. (2) Race shortned at last minute. (3) Female official in the registration area less than friendly and showed a complete disreagrd to the runners who only wanted basic information from her. (4) not really worth the £10 fee, and what happened to the T-shirts. Pleased by the following. (1) prompt start, apart from the false start(Make sure you have a round in the starting pistol. (2) Fun factor, although if they had kept the original course through the water it would have been excellant. (3)A good challenge with varying sands. (4) Decent medal but i prefare red. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Great race. Seem to have sorted the traffic nightmares out this year. In full: Great course, especially the first 3k and the finish. Well organised this year, due to championchip timing they've done away with registration and traffic must have been ok as race started on time. Great mix of competitors including a few costumed.
Only one negative and that was the kilometre markings. At a fairly consistent pace I supposedly ran two km in less than 3.30 and several in over 5 minutes. These markings are especially annoying when the last km seemed so long - took me 5.42. If your taking your running seriously it really ruins your pacing.
Well done Lincoln. If not for the kilometre markings it was a great race. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Once out of Oldham Town centre the run is really enjoyable. The hills are not that bad either, just long. For all the up hill there is just as much going down. I did find some road very dangerous where there wasn't any police or marshalls. In full: Note to the Mayor: Seriously it was pretty scary in parts on the junctions of the main roads. I was just missed by a van towards the end where the track goes through the park and across two roads, there was only a marshall at one of the crossings. Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: Great course, pretty and flat. Very enjoyable event. In full: Lovely course, plenty of friendly marshalls and spectators. Cake stall at the end was a vision of loveliness! Date of review: April 3, 2005