In short: good fun but a bit chaotic! In full: good atmosphere,lots of good costumes and a nice atmosphere. start was delayed because ?there were so many runners. couldnt really understand that. route was very busy as running along seafront dodging the sunday walkers and their dogs/kids on roller skates etc. but it was a charity run so wasnt expecting a completely clear route. most disappointing thing was the goody bag - or should i say plastic bag with a few leaflets about local businesses - was very disappointed by that. but the medal was nice. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised, boring scenery, potentially fast course In full: I arrived early, so missed the traffic problems that delayed some people arriving later. Good decision (from that perspective) by the organisers to go on time, despite some people not being ready - it was too cold to keep thousands of people standing around on the start line. If you were stuck in traffic, you might not agree with that. Very smooth organisation - parking easy once in, hand over baggage, stand on start line, run, get chip taken off, collect goody bag (not very exciting, but ok), collect baggage and leave. Easy. Well marshalled and loads of toilets all over the place!
Very windy today, but I imagine it could be a really fast course in the right weather. Even in the cold, strongish wind today, I managed a PB!! Yippee!!
Well done and thank you to all who put this race on. Great preparation for London in a few weeks. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Good race for first timer In full: Good atmosphere at the Rugby club at start. Remembered not to go to the toilet in anyone's garden (no chance of forgetting that). Course congested for first couple of miles, then nice run thorugh the country lanes. Pretty flat with plenty of water stations. Enjoyed it! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A top event , how this dosnt get in the runners world 100 I dont know. In full: Areal London warm up, graet to run with people you will be mixing with in five weeks time. Excellent organisation from start to finish, Really enjoyed the massage at the the end, a bargin at a fiver. And a real plus for this event other a lot of others you could really hear what the starter was saying. Will be back next year. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Same as last year - great event In full: Race organisation was spot on again. Excellent weather conditions and a fast course (apart from the hill) make this a good pb potential race. On the downside, there were some very long baggage queues after the race (although it only took 30 secs for my running number) and the buses took an age to get us back to the NCP car parks in the City centre. The buses ran much quicker to/from the Albert Dock area last year (Why change this year?). Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Bad scenery, windy, fantastically well organised. In full: The traffic in the surrounding roads was very heavy. Once into the car park the marshals made parking easy and gave clear directions. Plenty of toilets, both near the car park and down near the start. Marshals were every where. Clear direction was given and the tannoy system was well used to keep everyone informed of how long to go before the start, the start process itself and the progress of the leaders while on the route. The course is flat and has little to look at; nothing to break up the wind either.
At the finish line, the championchips were removed with little fuss and picking up the goody bag was well organised. The bag was a little disappointing, a T shirt, medal, bottle of water and a lucozade drink.
Thoroughly enjoyed the event and will go back again next year to do it again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: New PB for me at 1 hour 50 47 secs, missed getting under 1 hour 50 as the wind in the final mile was worth. Well organised and supported. Changing in a F1 Garage is a novelty! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Beginning messed up, hill nasty, but OK in the end In full: My first time here, I'd come back but mainly because it's close. It's a two lap course which goes up a long hill, down a long hill, round again and then down to the finish, the hill was fine the first time round but I'm not so sure about the second! I still got a decent time, but it was a bit hillier than I'd have liked. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: My first marathon, good choice, nice weather and organisation In full: Pleasant event. Well organised, with water stations and mile markers. Was my first 'big one' so pleased just to get around. Course and organsiation makes it fine for beginners, but if you're slow it was pretty lonely miles 5 to 20. However, well worth the day out, and good value too. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A great day and managed a PB which is a bonus. Spent ages waiting in the bagage queue and it was freezing but the bus service was great and so was parking in Speke. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Absolutely brilliant! Well organised, friendly and challenging race! In full: Organization was the most impressive I've seen in a race. Marshals were great, really supportive even though they were stood about in biting cold winds! Sweatshirt and food goody bag great (and tasty!)- was good to be able to replenshish fuel so quickly at the end as this really aids a faster recovery. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Great for me as my first 1/2M but didn't find that much encouragement from viewers/marshals. In full: It was my first half marathon and the course was very good. I was doing a very good time until I got really bad cramps in mile 11, so my final time was not good :o(. However, I really enjoyed it, but I think that there could have been a more enthusiastic and encouraging public/marshalls. Also I would recommend providing small water bottles rather than plastic cups 'cause my water went anywhere but into my mouth and we can't run with it. I know it would pull the price up but I would have preferred to pay £3 more if I had known... Anyway, thank you so much, I had lots of fun and will probably do it again next year! :o) Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Not bad run on a lovely spring day In full: For my first half marathon, I was pleased with today. Good course, not too tough with spectator support about half of the way round. Finished inside my 1:50 target, and I'll probably come back next year Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A really well organised event which will have me coming back for years! In full: Never done this 1/2 before and found it to be well worth the trip. Good facilities at HQ once I found it, plentry of room to warm up. The first 5 miles seemed uphill all they way with a few flat bits in between. After that it was a great run through the forest trails with a nice downhill finish. Would recommend this run to anyone Date of review: March 19, 2006