In short: brilliant!!! In full: My first ever half marathon and i really enjoyed it.First off it was easy to park and easy to find the start which is always helpful.The atmosphere on route was great! There was loads of people on most parts of the route cheering and clapping which encouraged me on. I have to mention the most energetic marshal who ive ever seen.She was brilliant we saw her three times and every time she was jumping,clapping and shouting encouragement, she even made me laugh as i was running up one of the many hills!!! that in its self was a miricle. As it was my first race over this distance i was worried id be on my own alot but due to the numbers there seemed to be people nearby at all times so i wasnt lonley. Other racers would chat or warn you about traffic which i thought was lovely.Mentioning traffic there was only the odd imppatient car but most kept there distance and i wasnt worried about my safety at all. When i finnished, my initial reaction was im not doing that again i found the last hill a killer and it drained me (although i still didnt walk which was my aim) so the last couple of miles felt like forever. However now not even 24hrs later i want to do it again and can safley say despite my aching knees i really enjoyed it so thankyou to all the orginisers and people who helped you were fantastic!!!!!!! Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: I organise the event but have opted for a only a good score on my behalf as certain area's could have been better. In full: I organise the event but have opted for a only a good score on my behalf as certain area's could have been better.
Toilets should have been 30 not 10 at the start I should try and arrange free car parking for all runners. The council should support this event. The fun run time should be different to the main race - Not sure how to do this yet. Drink options should have been accesible at the start. The start speaker system should have extended to inside the castle. The cars mainly from the cerebral palsy event should not have exited the stadium until 12.30pm. The marshalling at the sands corner and car park should have been 2. it was meant to be. Out of 2367 seperate jobs by 186 staff working to a 120 page event plan only a few minor problems. I and my team are absolutely delighted with the feedback and most importantly that everyone got around safely. I don't know how the GNR do it because 1840 is hard enough!!!!! Well done all
In short: Terrific well organized race In full: The new route is much better than the old one and the couple of inclines made it much more interesting. If I hadn't had a stinker of a cold I'm sure a PB would have been on the cards.Agree that the traffic was a bit of a problem at times.One gripe - trying to get out of Sheepmount was a bit of a bottleneck as spectators were trying to get in as runners were leaving. Date of review: October 19, 2008
In short: well worth doing. Easier to get to than then GNR and I live in the Newcastle rather than Carlisle area. Well organised.Mike James is extemely helpful if extra info is needed.. The new route is much better than the old one. Date of review: October 19, 2008
In short: great event even though it was my first ever event will be back next year loved every mile In full: this was my first ever event and am pleased to say its gave me the bug.didnt really notice the hills up to mile six as i was to taken in by the atmosphere,all stewards and water station people were fantastic,as were the spectators right round the course.the only bad point i can think off all be it minor is more toilets at the start apart from that great event very well organised.will definetley be back next year. WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED Date of review: October 19, 2008
In short: Good race, but had trouble with the traffic In full: I really enjoyed the change to the route, the addition of a few inclines really added some variety and kept my legs happy. Support from spectators and marshalls was good. There are 2 main things that spoiled this race for me. The first was the traffic on the route. At one point on a street that had 2 way traffic open on it a car decided to swerve into the kerb to let an oncoming car past and nearly knocked me over. Then when the cars were getting gridlocked we couldnt get past them and were having to weave in and out of traffic which was dangerous as it was stopping and starting and so close to the edge of the road (there was no footpath) that there was nowhere for the runners to go. The second point is that the fun run started at the same time at a different place so they couldnt see me off, then go to their race as they normally would at such an event. This upset my family as the reason they come along is to support me, but also want to support the race by joining in.... Date of review: October 19, 2008