In short: Great race, well organised In full: Great race, like the start at the racecourse with excellent organisation. Lovely route, a few inclines, but nothing too challenging. The incline at the end was tough, but not 'impossible'. Great atmosphere at the finish in the city centre, and great support from locals along the route. Nice that the schools along the route got involved at the water stations! Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: This will become a regular in my running diary !! Brilliantly organised , cracking course !! In full: Chris , Andy and team , you've done it again !! The marathon was brilliant last year , and you've succeeded in making another good race great. Really enjoyed the course , really liked the finish. Pain is my friend so I loved the last hill to the finishing straight ! All those who moaned about it should have a crack at the last hill in the Snowdon marathon ! Now THAT'S a hill !! Nice attention to detail after the finish ,wide funnels with the goodies spread out in order to keep the runners moving away from the finish line. Great idea. I didn't think the baggage collection was too far from the finish , I thought the walk was a nice warm down and the massage at the end helped loads. I will definitely run this again next year , and the year after , and the one after that... Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: My 2nd half marathon after running L'pool in March. Overall a well organised, enjoyable run. A slow, congested 1st mile but fine thereafter with a tough hill finish (my excuse for being 1 min slower than L'pool!)! Superb atmosphere at the finish. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: First half marathon - certainly challenging In full: Excellent organisation at the start - quick and easy baggage drop. Due to our postman folding my race number (and hence ruining my chip!!) I had to transfer my number, but this was done quickly and smoothly, with no stress.
Nice route, very scenic and fantastic support from the locals which is exactly what you need. A couple of sharp inclines ( I won't use the word 'hills') which were quite testing, especially that last one, which I did have to walk. However, all that was made up for by the fabulous finish which was sensational. Thank you to all the locals/supporters for hanging around to cheer the tail enders in.
Great weather, fabulous support, great water stations - would it be possible to put electrolyte drinks on the later stations? - and special thanks to the young man in the last housing estate for a much needed and appreciated dousing with a hose pipe.
Many thanks to a lady called Hayley who ran the last 3 miles with me and basically got me round - we crossed the line together which was nice.
The funnel finish was great, and I particularly liked that I could choose my own size of t-shirt instead of adding another one that doesn't fit to my collection.
The walk back to the racecourse made for a really good cooldown and the massages were fantastic - £5 very well spent and means I'm not aching anywhere near as much as I should be! No long queues either made it even better!
This was my first half marathon and although I found the second half incredibly difficult (due to setting off a bit too fast and the hot weather) I thought it was a fabulous event. Well done to Chris, Andy, Elaine and the rest of the team who were helpful, patient and whose hard work paid off in a flawlessly organised event. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Superb organisation. Good crowds. Excellent finishing straight atmosphere made up for killer hill in last mile. In full: Well organised start with predicted finishing time pens. 4 drinks stations on route with water bottles with cap off so easy to drink on the run. Gel Shotz for the faster half of the race runners. Nice medal, T shirt and sweets at the end. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Did not like the racecourse start or hills at start and finish. In full: If you're going to include a couple of hills in a run the worst places for them are at the start and the finish, and if you are unable to transport the baggage to the finishing point the start and finish of the race need to be much closer together. A start in the city centre and a lap of the city 'sights', rather than a run across some plastic webbing, fibre matting, and a sharp uphill, would be so much more enjoyable. That hill at the end, especially having just passed a poor guy receiving emegency treatment by the side of the road, was very, very tough. Date of review: May 15, 2012