In short: Great apart from a couple of things... In full: Great apart from a couple of things... 1. timings - make sure everyone knows where to line up (maybe in the pre-race pack - an idiots guide to finish times) 2. The daft **** that decided to drive her corsa down a closed road and then stop immediately in front of me at the first water station! I can only apologise to the scouts & volunteers for my outburst at the woman as I hot the back of her car. Apart & my fitness from that it was excellent Date of review: May 27, 2005
In short: course may be flat - but it was SO boring in places In full: have just returned from Vienna - perfect course, perfect organisation (including marathon relay).
Belfast is a wonderful city and should be capable of organising a marathon.
It strikes me as an opportunity missed by Belfast Council to create a major international event.
The committee simply MUST take on board some of the gripes here and on other fora - they are actually constructive criticism and should enable a massive improvement for future years. Date of review: May 26, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, terrible organisation In full: A really enjoyable day and a great atmosphere, but it could be so much better if they'd got the waves right. I applied in December, gave a finish time of an hour and ended up in the third wave - so was expecting crowds of elite athletes ahead of me, not crowds of walkers!! Terribly frustrating to spend the whole run zig zagging around people. Date of review: May 26, 2005
In short: Very badly organised: Great City - Terrible Marathon In full: Fair play on the pipe bomb front but that aside the organisation is brutal. Relay runners were a disaster - a seperate start please and their changeover should be cordoned off. 1 lot of sports drinks available at 17, sorry 18, miles - have these people ever runa step in their lives. Milege markers were non exixtent from 12 to 18 but that was due to bomb I presume. Why have a chip if you don't record the start times? Crisps at the end - brilliant! The city centre was good but from 12 on it was very boring. Sorry Belfast but you can do better. I won't be driving 300 miles from Cork for the next one. Date of review: May 26, 2005
In short: Hard work but very rewarding In full: Quite hard work with some narrow tracks and a bit of a hill but short enough to be able to go for it - nearer 5.4 than 5miles. Date of review: May 26, 2005
In short: Still a nice race, but let down by a few negative features, presumably resulting from the recent change in management In full: I gather the absence of water stations and mile markers may have had something to do with the race having Cross Country classification, but in my opinion this event should have both of these features. The steel bands around the course in previous years were a nice touch and had become a bit of a ‘trademark’ for this race. These too were missing this year, as were the sweatshirts - replaced by t-shirts, which although were quite a nice design, I suspect the fact that there was no date on them means they will be churned out again next year ( as per the organisers other race - Wakefield City 10K). Finally, the traffic problems causing the start to be delayed were NOT caused by the very marginal increase numbers, or any changes to road layout or car park space – just bad planning and organisation on the part of the police/officials. On the plus side, this is a nice course and potentially a really good location, so hopefully the new organisers will consider retaining some of the race’s former distinctive character.
In short: Great course, scenery and atmosphere In full: Something must be done about the footbridge (blow it up!). Frustrating to be queuing up to cross. Perhaps a full lap of the playing fields before crossing would thin out the field? Date of review: May 26, 2005