In short: Well organised fast race, Couldn't ask for more. In full: Pros: Well marshalled, plenty of water on route (also the odd person offering vaseline), each mile clearly signposted, fast course, 10k split time provided in addition to overall times, text of chip times received shortly after race. Plenty of parking. Plenty of water and soft drinks handed out at end of race. Goody bag contains nice tech T shirt. Rugby club serving tea etc before and after the race, also serving burgers after the race. Friendly atmosphere.
Cons: Bit crowded at start but can only be expected with 5,000 runners. Slow going for the first half mile with the road overcrowded and a struggle to get past runners and reach a decent pace. Start and finish are in different places and it felt a bit of a walk (on tired legs to get back to the car park. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Well organised race In full: My 7th Wilmslow and the least enjoyable, but that's down to the fact that I had a really poor run with stomach cramps all the way through. I've no idea why; it's never happened before. Anyway, it gives me chance to talk about an experience towards the back end of the field. The race limit of 2.35 was quite strict, as I was just slower than that, and had been overtaken by the "last runner" vehicle and the roads had re-opened. The race commentator had given up when I came home, but there were still plenty of medals and goody bags which were cheerfully given out by the always helpful marshalls. At the finish, I was given a cup of water, and I asked if there were any energy drinks. I was directed to a table where there was a choice of flavours and invited to help myself. I think the real test of a race is how the marshalls and helpers behave when they have been standing around for hours waiting for the stragglers to come in. Well this year I put that to the test, and I think they passed with flying colours. Am I right in thinking that there are usually expected finish time markers at the start which were not there this year? I found the medal a slight disappointment, as I was hoping to add to my collection of paperweights. I'll be back next year, hoping not to have the opportunity to comment on how they handle the stragglers! Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Great race coulde be even greaterer with a few changes !!! In full: Not so good points - Cups at water stations !!!!!! If this was a local 10k run then fair enough. For the standard of race and the cost of entry this is rubbish. Best way to get a stitch trying take onboard some fluid! And no sports drink ??!! This is the biggest single drawback to this race. Not very clear signing for the different time slots at the start. The mile markers need to be clearer on the course. Just one board on side of the road!If your in a group it's very easy to miss them and as this race is sold as being great for a PB , then milemarkers are very important. Doesn't have to be expensive , just balloons or something. The finish area for supporters is rubbish. Loads of choke points which need looking at. The field used for car parking over the road from the rugby club had no toilets.
Good Points - Loads and loads of friendly marshalls everywhere! Really good route , nice mix of flat and small hills (more undulations than hills ) Brilliant goody bag - best medal I've had. Nicely made and nice and weighty. Felt substantial. Definitely the best t shirt I've had. A navy tech t shirt with some detail about the race on the left breast. Means I can wear it to the gym , for a run , or even to the pub without looking like a "look at me I've done a race" idiot. Finish was very smooth for the runners. I've done a few races which employ TDL who do the timimg. Superb service. Got a text with my gun and chip times and positions within a few minutes of finishing which I really liked. especially as it was a PB !! Overall a race to take part in at some point in your running "career" , but they really have to change the cups for bottles and have a sports drinks station at around the 7 mile mark. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: A great race In full: This was my 2nd time, and thoroughly enjoy it. Can't fault anything - maybe more loos setup at start. I didn't drink from water stations on route - but if had bottles there would be bottle full of water being thown everywhere and would prove very dangerous. Nice getting the medal and tech t-shirt. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Text Book Half Marathon In full: Lined up near my predicted time at start, and got away fine; I've never had a problem drinking out of plastic cups; lovely mostly flat course, with a few minor undulations to keep it interesting; superb organisation in all respects; great medal and technical tee; loved it!
In short: Well organised, enjoyable race. In full: A well organised event with some excellent marshalling and support. Very nice medal and t.shirt, too. Bottled water at the end would have been preferable to the flimsy cup and hosepipe combination, though. And something to eat other than a Mars Bar, but that might just be me! Overall a favourite race, and improving every year. Unlike my times! Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable In full: Good race, well marshalled, nice scenery, PB a possibility. Minor complaint that, despite chip timings, there were no markers at the start. Led to first mile being slow, and some difficulty in pacing the next few. Other than that, very enjoyable day, and a really good medal and t-shirt as well. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 27, 2011
In short: Ok. Not sure what all the raving is about In full: Poorly organised start with no real move to ensure runners were starting in the right time categories. Water in cups and no energy drinks on the course is not what I would expect for a race that is apparently an English Athletics Half Marathon Championship race. My wife supporting also thought the route from the car park to the finish line via a bridle path was completely inaccessible with a child buggy and had a pretty dreadful experience as a result. Date of review: March 27, 2011
In short: Very well organised & enjoyable race!!! In full: Was a bit slow & congested at the start. Marshals were excellent & friendly, locals very supportive. Great course with great pb potential. Will try to get it again next year! Date of review: March 27, 2011
In short: Lovely, well organised race in beautiful setting In full: The organisers do seem to read - and act on - these comments. All in all this is a great race, so my comments below are so they can make it even better. 1. I think the race has outgrown the start. There are just too many people on a very small road. Maybe look at split starts next year? 2. Water in cups is almost impossible to drink. Please introduce bottled water! But this should not put you off entering what is a great race, great atmosphere and good PB potential. Date of review: March 27, 2011