In short: no organisation at the start In full: Turned up with my orange number, white numbers packed in that section like sardines. Come on, for the hefty entry fee you have to cater for everyone. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: If you like playful, multi-tarrain and want a challenge!!!! In full: Well organised, well marshalled, smaller race than the Great North Run, but great value for money, challenging course and breathtaking view. Ceiling of 500, but only around 100 per year, which means a lot of local runners must be missing out on a really good race. Classed as undulating there are some cheeky bits, especially the last cross country rise on the marcle at 5-6 miles. Made me smile. No chance of a PB but good chance of discovering if the inner man is there or out to lunch. I'll be back. Good facilities and co-incides with events at the rugby club from where it starts, so food and drink a plenty to refuel at the end. Would recommend far and wide. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: 1st tine, good but it's is it really that special??? In full: Had to wait in line 2 hours so as to get near front, so less people to dodge, yet spent next few miles going past everyonr in front of me??? Passing walkers in 1st mile or so. Great atmosphere, great medal and goody bag.Worth it once but probably won't be back Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: tough but nothing to compare it with In full: my first marathon and whilst a bit disappointed with time it was great to finish after bombing out over the last 3 miles. Would like to think I could do better on a flatter course and a cooler day.
V enjoyable and will be back next year. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Fantastic atmosphere, but too many people In full: First 11 miles spent dodging other runners, pretty frustrating really, the roads are too narrow to take 50,000 runners, and with the weather today they needed water stations much earlier in the route. Loved the atmosphere and the crowds, very friendly from arrival in Newcastle all the way to leaving this evening. Race for the day, definitely not for the time. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: quite hilly In full: It was much more hilly than I expected with one in particular being difficult. My gps said I'd done well over 6.5 miles at end. After 52.30 last week, I wasn,t much under the 1 hour. Very pretty run - will do again next year Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Great scenery and well organised! In full: People finding that they miss the start should turn up earlier!! Agree with the comments about motorists using the same roads as the race - couldn't they have put in place wider diversions? Great weather and support throughout - will do again! Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: The In full: What a day! Totally fantastic!
I couldn't say that I liked being squirted with water by the kids, but other than that, the supporters were fantastic! People with sweets, oranges, water, biscuits and the guy with the hose! Plus all the cheering and music!
It was disheartening to see so many people being tended to by the Saint John's Ambulance Being a black lace fan I enjoyed all the Oggy Oggy Oggies, well I did up to the fifth time.
Loads of friendly people, a nice T Shirt, A good medal and sweets, a pretty good haul in the goodie bag...
The event was well organised, although it took me almost half an hour to cross the start line.
I also have to say that I covered way more than 13 miles zig zagging between all the bloody walkers, I know there's a lot of people who are doing it for a good cause, but for heavens sake people! Train for a 13 mile run, not stroll! It'd be good for you! And akin to that point, what were all those people doing in front of me anyway? I was in the 10 minute mile space, shouldn't they have lined up behind me? I was going past scooby doos and elvises left and right! Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Great Course - great competition, great mix of town and rural In full: A great race , undulating urban and gently rolling picturesque rural. A great mix of ability with a lot of quality runners. Generally I found the course very fast indeed - fantastic weather for it too. Great goody bag too!!
Well done Walsall Rotary !! Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation In full: Well marshalled, good police presence, lots of water stations. Really well organised. There was a big line for the loos on the recreation ground before the start but a few minutes away there were more portaloos and no line. Shame about the motorists but short of full road closures what can you do. Some drivers are just a**e holes!! Well done and thanks to the organisers. Date of review: September 18, 2005