In short: HIlly, Hot & Hard. No chance of a pb here. I was way off the mark with a full 12 mins outside mine. That could be my own fault though as I havn't run more than 3 miles in the last two weeks. In full: HIlly, Hot & Hard. No chance of a pb here. I was way off the mark with a full 12 mins outside mine. That could be my own fault though as I havn't run more than 3 miles in the last two weeks. Crowd was brilliant as always & I say to everyone that it's the best support that i've come across during my running career. Don't think i'll do it agina next year as no matter how hard I push I can't get anywhere near my pb and I can't help but feel dissapointed!
The finishers pack at the end of the race in second to none! Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Not for the faint hearted!!! In full: All Potteries runs need to be treated with respect and this was no different. Long steep climbs in baking sunshine and with marvelous support. I need to lick my wounds and restore my aching calf muscles before thinking of returning next year! Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: bloody hard In full: if u want a pb this isn't the race for u.In the race you have two punishing hills one at 4 miles and one at 11 and they both hurt this race sorts out the men from the boys Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: PLEASE SEE BELOW In full: SUGGESTED MEDAL,FAILED TO SAY IT WAS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO RAN UNDER TWO HOURS,PARKING TOTAL MESS TURNING PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE NOMINATED CAR PARKS 45 MIN BEFORE THE START. NO MARSHALLS DIRECTING YOU TO THE START WHICH WAS HALF WAY DOWN A HILL WITH NO CLEAR MARKER,TOTALLY BIZZARE. NOT ENOUGH WATER STATIONS,EVERY HEARD OF A FIVE DAY F/CAST?? SUGGEST THE ORGANIZERS GET OUT AND LOOK AT SOME WELL RUN EVENTS AND BE MORE CLEAR ABOUT AWARDS...
In short: Those hills don't get any easier In full: This was my 2nd time and I hoped it wouldn't be as hot (wrong) and it would be easier because I knew all about the hills (wrong again). My training hadn't been all it could have been and I just missed out on a medal altough I think my chip time could just squeeze me under 2 hours. Once the again the support was second to none - ice pops, jelly babies, unnofficial drink stations, hosepipes and great encouragement. Well done to the people of Stoke. Will I do it again? Absolutely - I'm determined to get the better of those hills. One niggle is that given the sunny weather I wanted my well deserved botte of water first and not last!! Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Another great race. In full: and again the weather was at the hotter end of the scale. A great race my only gripe would be the crowding after the finish. Standing around for 10 minutes in a que for your freebies was not good, stiffing up and needing a drink. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: great local support on a challenging course In full: 2 steep hills to keep you working hard, but plenty of support and locals giving out jelly babies, ice pops, hosing you down and doing anything that will help you along. Only gripe i have was the choatic end. I had a bloke on a push bike beside me for the last 300 yds, and i never got my time medal. It just all seemed very crushed and very chaotic, but saying that, i will be back next year. Even if my time was over 10 minutes off my PB and it was my slowest ever half!!! Date of review: June 14, 2009