In short: My first Potters Arf (or any half for that matter), unlikely to be my last In full: This one is never going to get top marks for scenery but to be honest as I live in Stoke the lack of stunning vistas came as no surprise to me.
It was my first half so I did PB but the course does not really lend itself to such achievements. There are 2 notable climbs which are sapping in the extreme.
Any lost marks for scenery are readily recovered in the atmosphere section. I'd have given a 6 if allowed. I am very slow and was a late, late finisher but the noise and numbers on the final stretch were inspiring. The residents en route have clearly taken this event to their hearts and were out in their thousands offering support all along the route.
No qualms about the organisation either. I missed several mile markers but I'd imagine that was down to my inattention rather than down to any failure on the part of the organisers. Also, despite my finish after 1 o'clock there were still plenty of medals and plates around. Great (tech) tee-shirt, by the way, will be worn with pride.
Good value, again I've no issues with what I paid and what was laid on. More than fair in my view.
Not the most beginner friendly race but only because of the mountainous terrain. All other aspects seemed perfectly beginner friendly to me and I am, relatively speaking, a beginner myself. Date of review: June 10, 2014
In short: Poor organization, should contact the Chester Half to learn how to arrange a good race, In full: Traffic was all over us long before the last car, no porta loo on the route, mile markers nowhere to be seen, some of us went the wrong way and the no medal or T shirt at the finish. Date of review: June 10, 2014
In short: A challenging course on a warm day. The organisation and marshals are excellent. The crowd support is amazing. A china plate, tech t shirt and medal for finishing is very generous. A great race all round. Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: difficult but rewarding race for a half marathon first timer In full: A lot of long steady hills with a killer hill at mile 11 but this doesn't detract from the experience. The people of stoke on Trent were very supportive and the water stops were great! Definitely doing it next year. Date of review: October 20, 2013
In short: Well organised race with a few challenges thrown in! In full: The start and finish in the town centre was special and the atmosphere here was truly fantastic. Also supporters dotted around most of the course (quite spaced out though) ensured it never seemed like a full on training run.
Very well organised and well marshalled across the whole 13 miles with plenty of drink stops if needed (I think extra were put on as it was pretty hot!!!!)
Generally a reasonable course but a couple of real tough, tough hills - Heartbreak hill especially was a killer! Also thanks to the chap who had a hose for a shower while running up it - it was so hot by this point this was truly welcomed! Date of review: September 6, 2013