In short: superb course, great support and organisation - and what better place for your family and friends to see you than THAT stadium!! In full: Great wide street to start which is much better than last year. going from city centre with great support out onto the dockland area looking out to sea and then back to the city and parkland areas. water and energy drinks in good locations and plentyful supply and marshalls were great giving plenty of support - theres not many marathons where you get to run through ancient castle grounds AND finish at one of the worlds great stadiums. a superb race and will hopefully be back next year to have a good crack at new pb - if your thinking of running a marathon for the first time, i don't think many could be more friendly, flat or as exhilarating as this...that stadium finish is simply awesome. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Like running through a ploughed field! In full: Nice atmosphere, not enough loo's - but there never are! Found the terrain tough going with all the mud, nearly took a tumble a few times,and felt something 'go' in my foot at 6k so was pretty much hobbling to the end. So to be faced with that hill at the end was just pure torture! Would do it again just for the scenery, beautiful woodlands and the sun shining made it a glorious day for a run (and a hobble!) Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great first race In full: It is a splendid run with lots of interesting buildings/ monuments along the roads/ paths to take away some of your attention whilst you are going through some of those grinding moments. One thing it seemed like it was all up hill! we managed to end up in the same place though Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, nice goodie bag but not enough facilities and some killer hills In full: This was only my third 10k but it was beautiful. The location is supberb although the hills were pretty nasty and I think all my city running has made me all soft :)
Goodie bag very respectable although who was it decided that we should all get some free handwash?
I'd definately do it again, I really enjoyed it and some tweaks to the organisation would make this a must do run. I'd particularly advise all city runners to get out into the country and do this one. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: My first ever Half Marathon! In full: Punishing hills for the first 6 miles, then a steep downhill which was also pretty tough on the legs. A steep climb through Liddington, then nice all the way back except for the last mile which was a long slow hill. Got interviewed by local radio on the way to the finish - lucky I didn't throw up! Feel amazing now!!! :-) Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great course, well marshalled - fab race all round. In full: Not quite as flat as advertised, the hill at 8miles makes it a challenge but great day nonetheless. Sunny day, great course and excellent course management. Great t-shirt also for finishers. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Legoland 10 - Revisit the scenery of Windsor 1/2 In full: Now I know that last year there were questions over the length of this course, and I also know that they were sure it was a definate 10k.. but how could I PB on this course? I took 4 mins off my time, and considering that I was at a friends for dinner the night before fending off the vodka (no, no more for me... I'm running tomorrow), I'm pretty damn pleased.
Arriving was a bit of a fiasco - I never understand why road marshalls wave you in a direction when there is only one way to go, but hey, they delayed the race which was cool.
Nice atmosphere, bloody gorgeous scenery - but then I get to train in the park all the time, so I'm spoilt.
Goodie bag was alright too, I was pleased there was a Mars bar and that we got a decent sized bottle of water to guzzle.
Great course too - though that last hill nearly finished me off. There I was struggling up it having swooped round, and just when I was about to crash - there was the finish line. I wish I knew it was that close, I would have put more in.
Was it me, or was the 5K marker in the wrong place?
In short: Pretty good, not a chance of a PB due to turns and twisties... In full: ... however, it's a decent flat race, and as I came 17th, I've gotta be happy. Hopefully, will grow, but is one dull course and it's a shame that it doesn't go out across Croughton etc etc and around the countryside we have here in Ellesmere Port. Such a missed opertunity. However, have to say, very very well organised, and great finish on track...
Defo do it again next year. Not bad for a first race... ;-) Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Not a bad Patch In full: The thing that stood out for me in this race was the support, from marshalls to spectators, as it was very good indeed. Nice weather, well organised, unique finisher t-shirt, nice atmosphere pre and post race at Cabbage Patch. Definitely glad I did this instead of the Nike 10k (especially at 3rd of the cost). Shame I aggravated an injury 4 miles in, otherwise I would have clocked a good time. Still hobbled to a finish. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely scenery, great marshalling, fast course In full: Only downpoint was they only had large t-shirts left by 1hr 40 :-( Knew I should have run faster! Some lovely stretches of scenery down by the river and a friendly atmosphere. First 10miler and will definitely be back for more next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: New race and long may it continue In full: Even though I had a poor run couldn't complain about anything . Quite a bit run on pavements but not really a problem .Nice to start and finish on running track. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Nice race In full: Negative Points, the delayed start waiting for the late commers due to hold ups on the road, and the fact of only having 14 loo's!
Positive points, the lovely course, so its was muddy but it was through some lovely woodland, the atmosphere was very positive and friendly, the final 1km was hard up hill, but hearing the comentator was very inspiring to keep you going, nice goody bag, shame the medal wasnt Lego shaped, I'm sure Legoland could afford to donate it for such a good charity. I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005