In short: Beginner friendly In full: I ran this today, and it was my first ever race. I was nervous about finding it and doing the admin (struck me that there was less communication for this than I've seen my wife get when she's raced), but I needn't have worried, they'd communicated as much as was needed: it was all evident enough on the day, and doing the admin was made pleasurable by friendly people.
Good route, I even enjoyed the water logged section. Friendly supporters, and a nice medal.
Congrats to the organisers, it was well done. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: My best half marathon time yet! In full: Did hell runner last weekend which made this feel easy in comparison! Well organised and marshalled. My only gripe was the 20 min wait to get out of Salt Ayre car park. I can't blame the organisers for that though. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Pity about the recent weather but a great little race In full: Recent deluges had led to the cinder cycle track being muddy, and there were some HUGE puddles (including a 300m water hazard) but that's not the organisers' fault - overall a good race, with the potential for a quick time in normal conditions. Minute's silence was a nice touch - but the people at the back who kept on chatting and laughing should be shhhhhh! Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: My first half marathon & I enjoyed it. In full: I am well slow, but was looked after by the marshalls, & no-one giggled at my time!! Nice scenery by an estuary. Date of review: January 3, 2009
In short: Mmmmm.... In full: Race organisers can't do much about the weather (which was awfull for those finishing beyond 32 mins), they should however be able to get mile markers to within a lamppost or so of correct (not .89 of mile out!), they should be able to get water to the finish line. I know its tough being a Race Director, been there, but these are simple errors. BUT...marshalls great, very encouraging and patient. Out there in the wind, cold & wet for hours so we could run, thanks. Thanks to Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Flat, Scenic, PB-tastic Course! In full: Mostly on cycle-route along river. One minor hill (rose about 100ft in 2 Miles, so hardly worth mentioning) so high PB-potential. Hardly any spectators, although I'm sure more would turn out if better weather. I coped OK without Mile markers, as I've done a few HM's before so paced myself OK, plus the out-and-back nature of the course meant you knew roughly how far you had to go from about 9M. I'd definitely do this one again one year, if I fancied another crack at a PB :o) Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Pretty good race overall, shame about the mile markers In full: I enjoyed this race and the weather was nothing like as bad as it could have been. Fairly flat overall, only one hill of any note. Missed a pb by 20 seconds!
For those runners without a garmin, the mile markers were extremely confusing. I'm glad the announcement was made at the start, otherwise I'd have been even more confused. It was very hard to judge how you were doing and some weren't even 'approximate'! Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Excellent mainly off-road course. Marshalls also excellent. But please oh please sort out the mile markers for next year - without a Garmin it was impossible to judge the pace you were running and unfair on the runners. Date of review: November 10, 2008