In short: An excellent challenging run for a runner who has only done one other 1/2 marathon. In full: I managed to knock over 5 minutes off my time even though a few hills tried to slow me down. The first hill at close to the docks seemed to go for ever!!!!!! Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: My local race so only a short walk home. Organisation could have been improved. In full: Drinks stations, mile markers & a change of route at the last minute without telling anyone were the main gripes. However, the people (runners & crowd) were excellent as usual, the course is fast enough to get a pb and obviously not as crowded as the GNR, and the finish line is less than half a mile from my front door so i'll be back next march! Needs a bit more manpower/thinking about the organisation. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: A bit tough for my first race In full: Questionable km markers. I went from 2 minutes outside my pace after 2km to nearly three minutes under at the end. If the markers are to be believed I did the final 1km in 3 minutes.
Start delayed too long - pulled a muscle in the 'warm up'.
Water station was due to be 5km - bit of a shock to find it 1 km early.
Nearly decapitated myself at the end. Came around the corner at speed and had to duck under a low hanging branch to avoid another runner. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: Some timing boards at the start would have helped order the field better. In full: Some timing boards at the start would have helped order the field better. This could also be done for each wave.
A very fast course, would be even faster without the wind! Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: Great race, usual wind, but great last two miles In full: Much better with the staggered start, meant the field was more spaced. Super local support. Windy as ever, but the blowing the right way for the last two miles - brought me home with gusto! Weighty medal - always good, but the usual with walkers - move over to the side, please!!!! Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: First Half Mararthon for me - tough going. In full: The atmosphere was great. I meet lots of friendly helpful, encouraging faces. The road side support varied but towards the end was good, especially the kids & mums. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: Good organisation, over chatty PA, enjoyable run In full: I grossly overestimated the time it would take to get to Splatfield so was very early (9.15!) and had no problems parking, then didn't stick around once finished so no problem leaving. Without those stresses I found the whole thing enjoyable and well organised, though the lack of a bag drop was a little perverse (albeit okay for me as was parked right at the front!). Could live without the bloke on the PA chuntering, promising everything "very very shortly" every few minutes, but enjoyed the course and atmosphere, especially all the "in memory of" and "in celebration of" notices. But a word to the wise - running the day after an all-day-drinking stag do is not the best thing in the world... Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: Great course, great atmosphere, great run! In full: Much better this year with the staggered starts and championchip timing. Why is this race still treated as a poor relation by the media? The North gets all the attention, draws all the celebs and big name UK athletes. The GSR is the biggest 10 miler in EUROPE and gets 40 minutes on Channel 5 at half past midnight, virtually no paper coverage and few top class athletes. This should be addressed to ensure continued high successes. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: A friendly and enjoyable experience In full: Good fun - the only drawback I thought was the wait for the bus to come back from the end of the race. Other than that I enjoyed it.
And everyone was very friendly - but that's Liverpool for you.
One more thing: I wish us at the back could have known there was a minutes silence for Ken Bigley (as reported on TV) - we did not know. Anyway we took the opportunity to pay our respects at the cathedral after the race. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: A truely wonderfully well organised race, a race for all levels of runner. In full: A cold windy start, but one where was able to gain a PB. Everything for me went well generally I run at a 10 min/mi pace but at the great south run I managed to pick up the pace and run at 9 min/mi pace will try to beat this next year. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: Really enjoyed the race but the route was pretty dull! Also, the organisation was poor - no clock at the start and where was my goodie bag? And the Champion Chip timings didn't match my number so I don't know my exact time. Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: First 10k so nothing to compare it to. Organisation at start not great and late loo stop meant I started at the back. On the whole excellent first experience & didn't find hills too bad at all - despite scary entry pack!! Date of review: October 15, 2004
In short: Arrived an hour early and left reasonably quickly so parking wasn’t too bad but I can imagine it was a nightmare later on. My first 10K and ran quicker than expected so wondering if course was slightly under distance. Overall had an enjoyable time. Date of review: October 15, 2004