In short: Hills all the way! In full: Excellent event, despite the heat and the hills. Came back after running last year, I must admit I forgot just how tough a course this one is.........who came up with Milton Road! Organisation and support excellent, thank you to all the supporters on route. Well done to everybody involved in the event. Medal, t-shirt, plate, free parking....excellent value. Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Hills or hell? In full: What a great race, loved all the support from all angles. St Johns deserve a mention for all the work they did with the heat exhausted runners and never seen jars of Vaseline on stand by like that before! Loved all the support from jelly babies to watering jugs, a great big thank you to everyone. Great value race and I'll have to get faster to get my medal next year, but T shirt and a posh plate who can argue? Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Good encouragement and hills that test! In full: A mess up with the multi storey car park and a queue at the end to be processed are the only things i could say could be better. Ace support, great finish in town, thanks! Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Very well organised overall, shame about the finish line cramming In full: The support from the locals was awesome! People standing outside with water, icepops, hoses, sweets etc etc was well needed, and the guys on the bikes with megaphones really made the day special. Hard course and a very hot day but will definatly be doing it again. Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Great Support on this tough course In full: This race seems to be nothing but hills, although some people point out two in particular the whole course seems to be littered with them.
Organisation was good with plenty of water on the course in bottles, it was hot and plenty of locals had set up their own water stations, jelly babies, hose pipes, etc. Only gripe was at the end it seemed to take an age to get the goody bags with masses of finishers all desperate to get some water crammed in a pen for ten minutes. When I eventually got to the front I couldn't work out why there was any delay. Nice t-shirt and souvenir plate to all finishers and a goody bag with a few freebies from a building society, no food.
It finished right in the centre of town which made for plenty of choice to get some food after the event. Parking was provided free in a nearby multi-storey that had been closed off for the event, nice touch.
Considering the price and what you got and how it seemed that the whole of Stoke came to a standstill with road closures it was a good value event with a decent keepsake.
The support enroute made the event though, it seemed everyone came out their houses to watch the event or provide icepops or water unofficially (and it was needed and appreciated). Pubs on the way provided special openings for customers to watch the event, some laying on music for the runners. Never seen support like it and it puts a lot of bigger events to shame.
I'll be back next year with a bit more hill practise Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: brilliant race (apart from the last killer hill) all the locals were so friendly giving out free sweets and having unofficial water stations, hosepipes etc. There was great support ll the way round. The race was really well organised and I really In full: enjoyed my first half marthon Date of review: June 15, 2009