In short: Very Good New Race In full: Good Things Lots of water Quite a decent crowd for a first time event Excellent T shirt (nice design and not white), medal and goody bag good marshelling and encouragement Nice large field Toilet facilities with well organised ques and were plentiful Chipped Race
Bad Things Lack of mile markers Too hilly - to grow the event in future years you probably need a flatter course with more PB potential Too narrow a start line and first 100 metres. This lead to a slow start even after crossing the line Delayed start and woman warbling on - no need Local people were not fully warned of road closures, if they know in advance , they will deal with it, but it will wind people up if they only find out about it when they get to closed roads
In short: It was my first HF marathon and it killed me but I am glad I did it. I would recommend it to any beginner as long as they train hard. It was a shame it was so hot as it made it uncomfortable and the traffic was awful. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: How far to the start line??? In full: I got there with half an hour to spare, and joined the (extremely long) queue for the ladies. 20 mins before the race, someone came round shouting that it was a 15min walk to the start!! Being desperate, I nipped into a hedge and got stung by stinging nettles, and approached by a number of surprised chaps also hoping for a pee. People peeling off in every direction looking for bushes!! Otherwise fab race, hill not too scary .. but a Cirencester Athletics diary as a finisher's prize??? Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: A enjoyable 10K through a scenic park In full: If you liked the Princes Trust 10K, Westonbirt 10K or Longleat 10K then this race seams to have all of these in one race. Its a really nice experience run through woods and open land on good paths and tracks, and with the good atmosphere from both the organisers and crowds and the downhill finish which made for a quick last kilometre.
Luckily I did not have to sample the queue for the toilets nor do I normally take water from water stations in 10K’s so these two obvious problems did not affect my experience of this race.
The only problem I experienced is a long walk back to the car from the start, made even longer by walking the wrong way from the finishing line, some signs would not go amiss. If the weather was any colder or if it had been raining then the walk back would have detracted from my race experience.
In short: Too many walkers and fun runners started too near the front, hard to work up a good pace , overall an amazing event there were so many people, unbelieveable ! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: This is my favourite race. In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race 2 years ago when I participated in it for the first time and this year was no different. The reasons why it is such a good race:
1. Its fast and flat, so PB's are a definite possibility. 2. Excellent seaside scenery. 3. Organisation is always good with ample toilet facilities and parking areas. 4. Your always guaranteed a nice T-Shirt and Medal and other goodies. 5. Great atmosphere.
The only downside was getting past some of the runners who really should have started further back the field as they were slowing up some of the faster runners trying to get past, but other than that I will always come back to this race, it is my favourite and will take something very special to beat it.
In short: A regular on my race calendar In full: Flat and fast - always a good field too from front to back, so you're guaranteed a race! Organisation is excellent and the atmosphere is good too. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A potential PB course - well organised In full: This is a pleasant flat race in an appealing location in Altrincham. This is the best of the series, but the others are worth a visit too. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Hard work with the hill and the heat! In full: A first class race for organisation and venue. A thoroughly enjoyable event. It is rare for me to go home with a slow time and say I enjoyed the day! Well done to those who organised it. Definitely worth going, but just forget about that PB! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A good time trial over 4 miles In full: Just hope the sea breezes are calm! This is a good flat course away from traffic. Ron organises these races well... deserves a better turn out than he's been getting! Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Good race all round - well done Leeds AC! In full: A good quality field help me keep up concentration when coming back from injury. Not a PB course, but a very good work out. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A few improvements suggested... In full: Make the distance the full 5K, you could add a bit by the Gas Tower. Still a potential PB course. Km markers would help. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: A very friendly scenic course but beware it is very hilly! In full: This was my choice for my first half marathon, little did I know how hilly it was though until it was too late. For a first timer I would probably recommend a flatter course, but then again I will be making sure my next half is much flatter therefore guaranteeing a faster time!
In short: Great debut for this one In full: Well done organisers. A big first day - done well. Messed up Coventry traffic but at least it gave us something to watch. More mile markers please. Really enjoyed it. Date of review: September 26, 2005
In short: Well organised half - marathon for local runners. Hills were tough. Final mile run-in leg draining. Well done all involved. In full: Being a Coventrian this run was an ideal chance to try out my second half-marathon. Last year did the GNR time 1:31. so was out to improve my PB - so I thought. First gripe, why do people stand near the start when they have no intention of running a 'good time' these peeps just get in the way. The ring road lap at the start was good for warming up the legs. Note lack of mile markers. Climbing out the City Centre to turn-a-round point (8 miles) tough one, but return to City Centre downhill made up for this slog. But the ring road 1 mile run in was very draining on the legs. Overall good first effort. Lots of water if needed. Friendly co runners. Need more locals to turn out to cheer on runners but that will come with future events. My time 1:33 I feel this was harder than GNR. Well done Cov. Date of review: September 26, 2005