In short: Well organised with a great route In full: My first half-marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to the slick organisation and wonderful course. I will be back next year ! Date of review: October 21, 2008
In short: Nice run through some nice country In full: Enjoyed this run in a city I have never been to before. The crowds were extremely friendly and provided a good lift just when you needed it and the drink stations were well (wo)manned. On that note, thanks for those who were manning the stations and the marshals as well.
Just one niggle: the start could have done with some staggering. However, from past experience nobody takes any note of their predicted times so it is a moot point anyhow!
Well done to the Cumbrians for providing a warm welcome. Date of review: October 21, 2008
In short: Uplifting challenge In full: My first half marathon and it was a great event. Mike I read your review and being from York where the council charge £8 plus for all day parking I thought the £1.50 charge very reasonable and was happy to pay it for a full day. I agree with a previous reviewer that you are being too harsh on yourself the organisation prior to the day was excellent. Being my first event I had done have aprehensions but that was to do with me getting round! Nothing at all to do with the event itself because the details provided were excellent. The marshalls, cadets and spectators were brilliant and added to the sense of achievement throughout and at the end of the course. Running throught the castle gates to the applause that the crowds were gving all the runners at the start made me feel proud before I had even began! 10.30 would have been a more accomodating time for family but they all enjoyed cheering on the more elite runners at the start. The course was varied and challenging the only thing is we had a few runners asking us for directions to the finish line who were coming in at 2hours 30 ish just approaching the sheepmount from the park. Overall a great experience, fantastic supporters and I thought overall very good organisation. Mike your approach made it feel like I was running with a few hundred others not nearly 1900! Will 100% recommend and be back next year! Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: A gem of a half marathon. In full: Apart from the toilet shortage (which was obviously not planned) a lovely race. The early start meant we were able to run through the city virtually car free - great. The hills weren't too bad at all, and it was great to run through villages I had heard of but never been to, and avoid the busy main road of the previous route. Pleased with the quality T-shirt - very sensible of you to save some money and not get them printed (presumably any excess returnable to NB) . I can't be the only person with drawers full of poor quality printed cotton T-shirts that are just used for housework and gardening. The results came out quickly too! Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: A friendly atmosphere on a town and country course In full: As this was my first time on an organised run I had nothing to compare it to, and was wondering what it would be like running with people all around me. The smooth organisation put me at ease, both in the form of email information leading up to the day, and then on the day itself - transport laid on from the hotel, ease of picking up the race chip, bags even taken from the bus to the finish point. The start went off without any jostling, and a good wide traffic-free first section allowed the field to settle and lengthen out. Stewarding and water stops were friendly, and there seemed to be spectators every few hundred yards. I gather this was the first year on a new route, and all I can say is the mix of town and countryside was perfect. No issues with cars, and where we had to share with traffic it was all pretty clearly managed. finishing on an athletics cheered on by quite a healthy crowd made me feel like an elite athlete for a few moments, and I managed quite a sprint to finish in 1 hour 42. The whole day made me want to do more events, and I'll aim for a marathon next spring. I would certainly recommend this run to runners of all levels, and hope to be back next year. One tiny criticism: it would have been nice to receive a shirt carrying event details, rather than the plain white tech shirt; but that's only because I want to flaunt my new status as an event runner. Thanks to everyone involved. See you next year. Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: WELL DONE TO ALL EVEN GOT THE WEATHER SPOT ON In full: FANTASTIC DAY.VERY WELL ORGANISED,GREAT MARHALLS AND CADETS ON WATER STATIONS.SHORT OF A FEW MORE LOOS AT START.GREAT COURSE WITH A FEW NICE HILLS,FANTASTIC SUPPORT THROUGH THE VILLAGES AND THE CITY.10.30 START WOULD BE BETTER AS NOT MUCH FOR FAMILIES TO DO WHILE WAITING AS THE SHOPS DONT OPEN UNTIL 11.SEE YOU NEXT YEAR CHEERS Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: Mile 6 omg!! But what a great course! In full: This was my second half - the first being 2 weeks before at The Great North Run. This was definately more challenging, and I made a small error in pushing myself too hard on the first half (where the hills are!) which left little in the tank for me for the second so I was 10 mins slower... having said that it was full of variety - steep, down hill, flat, built up, park, country, village - spectators friendly, volunteers smiley!!
Only improvements (minor) - I was 5 mins late to start as I was in the toilet queue - I had no idea where the finish was so it would have been good to have a count down from the car park bend at the end because I couldn't work out when to start my finish 'kick' and I kicked too soon. Also, one thing I loved at the GNR was a handout of vaseline - I forgot mine - it would be handy to have a small stall at the beginning for basic essentials (and raise some cash) for vaseline, safety pins, kendal mint cake etc!!And any chance of the t-shirts having "Great Cumbrian Run" printed on them? I would like to prove that I did it, and it would be great advertising when I am wearing it on my training runs, if I ran with the medal I would look silly :-)!
But finally - thank you so much to Mike and all the volunteers!! It was a great day!!! See you in 2009!! Date of review: October 20, 2008