In short: Really Good, In full: This was my second half and in truth I was dreading due to minor injuries and not enough miles in training!
Had a bit of a mare parking but it worked out ok in the end. The pre race book said give loads of time to get to the parking and suggests get here for seven thirty at the latest with the car park shutting at eight. I left at seven with a twenty minute trip and didnt make it for eight! No fault of the organisers, just the volume of traffic. However, it forced me to park in the car park next to the Grosvenor shopping centre. This is pretty much where the race finishes so it was brill! Would park here next time. Please bring lots of change though as the pay machine could take my £20 note due to no change. Actually turned out to be good news as they let me out for free!
Ok the race.
The time pens worked really well and atmosphere at the racecourse was fantastic. Unbelievable amount of portaloos - no queues. Good start on time too. Loads of food and stuff for spectators to do too.
The route Great - I think undulating is fair, hilly wouldnt be inaccurate. Lots of little ups and downs (seriously - I havent done many and I am not very good but I didnt think it was too hilly). It did seem to go downhill a lot from six miles - so much so I was worrying there were going to be some wicked climbs after, there werent - I am guessing that we must have climbed little by little before that.
Crowds and atmosphere Simply brilliant! Fantastic support throughout. Loads of memorable scenes of support. A little girl had set up a camping table and was giving cups of water away, lots of children offering boxes of jelly babies etc. When you consider lots of the residents were locked in, they were fantastic in their clapping and vocal support.
Everything else Lots of water stations, lucozade sports drinks and gels - couldn't be better. The cadets and stewards were fantastic. The weather was perfect, I know not in anyones control but it helped me. The end has a bit of a cheeky hill just at the finish! Adrenalin helped but I was goosed when I crossed the line! As I crossed the line (feeling shattered) the first thing I thought was how do people do marathons? No way I cold have said 'right, lets do that again!'. Really good marshalling, leading to great medal, tshirt and goody bag.
I was dreading the run for a variety of reasons but (eventually) really enjoyed it.
In Summary Brilliant organisation, great route, fantastic atmosphere and I will be back next year!
In short: Possibly the best and best organised half in the country In full: hats off to the organisers. If you forgive the hill half a mile from finish everything else was perfect. For once a reace with enough loos at the start. Great organisation, great marshalls pletny of support and finish inteh heart of the city with great atmosphere.
In short: Fantastic (Run it) In full: Wow, Amazing,Great, This is only my second Half Marathon But what a great race,Fantastic organisation,great marshals,Great support ( thanks for the jelly beans everyone)and to beat it all I got a fantastic PB. I will defo be back, Thanks very much for a great day.Hopefully I will be in Chester Full marathon in October. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Supurb organisation and a great event. In full: One of the best organised events I've ever ran. Fantastic marshalling, traffic free roads, plenty of water/sports drink/gels, great atmosphere and good bag at end. Park and ride was easy to use as well. Good PB as well considering it not hilly just mildly undulating in places. Will be back without a doubt.
In short: Superbly organised In full: Another super race by the Chester Half and full marathon team. Epic numbers of portaloos at the start meant short queues, plenty of space at the start so quickly into your running once over the line, good support around the course. Finish very atmospheric, quality t-shirt and great goodie bag. The only thing I'd change is to remove the purgatory that is the pre-race mass aerobics! (It's just not my thing!) Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: If you are running your 1st marathon do Chester, if you are running your 1st half do Chester In full: I am not surprised in any way at all by how fantastic the half was today. Superbly organised, effortlessly smooth, and even the people asking the runners to make room at the end of the race did it extremely politely and very effectively. Top class, this is exactly how a race should be run. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Chester is becoming one of most runner friendly races. In full: Smooth and silky organisation once again. Can't fault anything, the crowd was brilliant and the course with the town hall finish amazing. I would definitely recommend this one, it is getting bigger and better each year. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Well organised In full: Only my second half marathon, but enjoyed it well enough. The start was well organised with plenty of room to get through. Plenty of loos too! There were ample water stations, but no gel shots left (nor at the end). Why do slower runners always get penalised with this when we pay our money the same as everyone??? Date of review: June 18, 2012