In short: Brilliantly organised, undulating course which adds to the challenge In full: My second time at this race and for the second year running brilliantly organised, well supported and marshalled. Date of review: March 27, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed it. Will be there next year. In full: This was my first half marathon (and actually only the second race I've ever done) so my review probably doesn't mean much. But I thought it was a good course and well organised. Being forced up onto the pavement to cut corners by other runners at the beginning was a bit of a shock - but maybe that always happens?? Date of review: March 27, 2005
In short: Sorry - found the course dull . . how many times did we go up and down that road? In full: . . and would have liked to be fore-warned that some of the parking was so far from the race hq as it meant that I got to the start area 20-25 minutes later than I expected.
This also meant that I couldn't leave my bag in the car but had to leave it with everybody else's. The bag was safe but queueing for 10 minutes to get it back isn't such a good idea. Fortunately it was dry . .
Set against that (and wanting to end positively) the race was well-marshalled, and other than for the points raised above well-organised . .
In short: Too many overlaps of the course, was hard to get into a rhythm In full: The figure-of-eight course made it difficult to make sure everyone did the right distance with runners going in all different directions! A lack of mile-markers made pacing tougher, but then it is a short run so it's not absolutely necessary. At the end the time-clock had also shut down - again another small problem but adding up to an overall impression of a mediocre run. Date of review: March 27, 2005
In short: Well-organised (great marshalling), quick-ish course, friendly people In full: Really enjoyed this, despite the traffic (which bar one idiot was very well-behaved thanks to the large number of marshalls). Start a little confusing and bumpy (combined with the 5k fun run), and not sure where kilometer markers 7 and 9 were, but otherwise very well organised with some good facilities including a catering van and nice warm room to register/wait.
The field is maybe a little bit quick to be encouraging for slower runners but on the other hand there was plenty of support at the end for those coming in in 60 minutes plus.
A good local race, obviously put together with a lot of hard work - it should contimue to be successful, and well worth entering.
In short: Nice local race, good start to the Easter Hols... In full: Excellent value for money, well marshalled, easy to park. Crewe is not really that pretty, but a decent enough course with some slight undulations (nothing too much). Nice crowd of people, highly recommended! Date of review: March 27, 2005
In short: Excellent - the weather was great, the organisation was fab, buses from carparks GREAT etc In full: Overall it is well organised and oneof my favourite race. Clackmannanshire Council have agreed to support the running of it for the next few years ...... Date of review: March 27, 2005