In short: Flat and Fast, good PB potential In full: Some problems already mentioned, could also do with some more stalls, clothing/food etc to keep us at event long enough to see presentations. Could be a good family event as it was well supported and cheering near the end gave a big lift. Oh and a T-shirt is a good one. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Brilliant first event In full: It was my first competitive event. Great weather, very well organised, loads of encouragement and nice goody bag at the end. I will definitely do it again. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: A great off road race. In full: The musical marshals were very uplifting. The paper work eg map directions and details were very good. All in all credit must go to organisers and marshall for an excellent event. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Can't think of a nicer way to spend a Sunday morning in October! In full: Very well organised. Bit pricey but for a good cause. I can't think of any other race where you can watch a herd of deer stampeding in the distance. Will definately be back next year! Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Well-organised apart from one or two small details. In full: Good points include: starting on time, water stations at sensible intervals, nice medal, nice goody bag, chip-timing, nice atmosphere - the bands really help lift you when the going gets tough. Blessed with decent weather this year as well!
Things that could be improved: placing mile markers higher up, technical t-shirts not cotton and time-guides in the waves. That said, the congestion was definitely less than in 2003, when I last ran, so the waves have helped. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: I'm sooo glad I took up running! In full: Well I may be slightly biased about the venue, because a cool, clear sunny morning on the South Coast is one of my favourite places to be. But when it comes to everything else about the day, I have to say it's the best time I've had since I started running. OK that was only 6 months ago, but I've done enough events in that time to know a good event from a bad one and this truly lives up to the 'Great' part of it's name.
I was a bit miffed by my race pack not arriving, despite having signed up in early July for Cancer Research, but the Great Run team were very helpful, BazDad very kindly sent me a scan of the main information leaflet so I'd know where I was going on the day, and there was a race pack ready and waiting for me when I got there.
I agree with StillSmiling about the Mile markers needing to be placed higher, but that's the only real negative that I can think of. On the other hand, having missed a few markers, I spotted the 8-miler, checked my watch and got a nice surprise when I realised I had obviously picked up the pace and was about 4 minutes ahead of my estimated time. So missing markers, not necessarily a bad thing ;-) I'll definitley be back next year and will be doing my best to get some friends to come and run it with me. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Mainly roads,pretty, long gentle hill. Nice dayout for family and dog In full: After last years comments I was expecting a monster hill,it wasnt so pyschologically felt good. The downhill felt a lot steeper and could have done without especially as I had two cracked ribs that I was testing out.Pretty run,hardly any trail ~(3 miles max with 800m of grass)Nice one. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it!! In full: It was my first half marathon and it was a truly enjoyable experience. Fantastic support from the marshalls and the crowd! Some parts could have been improved, eg the organisation at the finish line, but the mood that you are in by the time you finish is that of such elation you can overlook the cue for the medal and a banana! x Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Great Race, Smooth Organisation, Value For Money In full: Great parking near the start, good open roads marshalled efficiently and with a smile, on time start at 10:00, electronic timing and a good 'goody-bag'. For £15 this was a value for money race like no other. The scenery was dull but I ran this because it was flat and fast not because of the views. Overall this was a great race, efficiently organised and enough space to run a good time. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation makes this one a bit special. In full: Friendly marshals and organisers really do make a big difference in my opinion. Positive encouragement was everywhere.
Facilities were excellent at Congleton High School with changing and showers and even massage on offer.
Course is challenging in parts but The Sting is only about 300m and so doesn't last forever. Pity it's at the 12 mile marker though! The early start makes for little trafic on rural sections which is always well received.
A T-Shirt that actually fits rounded off the perfect day!
Well done and thanks very much to Congleton Harriers and Congleton Lions. See you next year.
In short: A little disorganised on the day, and the finish line was chaos, but generally OK In full: Would be great if they hadn't turned off the website the day after and actually posted the results. Also very few hotels knew about the event and therefore were not ready or geared up for runners. Hilton had no pasta and would no serve breakfast prior to 7.30!! Not good as wife was running the half and they started at 8.15! Could do with more Lucozade points and someone to measure the course accurately. 27 miles!!!!?? Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: WHERE ARE THE RESULTS??? In full: A beautiful day, a magnificent city, a seafront run, a parkland jog and then CHAOS. A painful crush for medals (I never found the drinks, fruit and chocolate bars). And they've taken the site down so people stop visiting it looking for results, which they haven't sorted out yet. I thought champion chip meant automation. Utterly terrible organisation. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Lovely weather made this a great race to do! In full: As mentioned before the mile markers needed to be higher - I missed a number. Also the waves were very crowded at the beginning making it hard to get going. Too many walkers in the front of the last wave made it tough getting through to start with. Overall though - I'll be back for more next year Date of review: October 10, 2005