In short: Hot, Hilly fun In full: This is the most difficult Half that I've done. The number and steepness of the hills make it very challenging. The organisation of the race was very good. Normally road racing gets pushed out to country lanes on the edge of town but this one starts bang in the middle of Stoke and went through urban areas the whole way. This was great because there was loads of support from local people and the police/marshalls closed roads all the way round. Spectators were giving out Jelly Babies and a nice lady gave me a drink of water on the really steep hill. Finish was excellent, big crowd and the announcer calling out names as people went through. Well done to the organisers!! Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: Fantastic, frustrating, fun In full: What a fantastic race, support was great, more hoses than super-soakers this year. Thanks to the guy on Leonard street for the ice lolly!
I'm a bit disappointed to just miss out on the silver (1h 45), must get my head and legs around this marathon vs half marathon pace thing. I ran by Fred Flintston for a while, there were lots of yabadabadoo's, one old lady made me chuckle "Come on Fred, Wilma's waiting"
I'll be back, oh yes ... Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: Very challenging run, but worth it In full: The 13.1 was my first official road race, and something that was unforgettable! Lots of hills,especially one at 11 miles which was amazingly hard! Good day out!! Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: Atmosphere and local support make the challenging hills worth it! In full: This is my hometown race and as an exiled Stokie I may be more than a little biased, but the potter's 'arf should be a must-do for all runners. Fantastic organisation and a challenging course (especially in the June heat. It's not pb material but the crowd support for a smallish race is amazing and made the 350 mile round trip well worth it. Throughout the whole 13.1 miles there were people offering sweets, ice-pops, hose-pipes and unofficial water stations. The crowd lined 'sprint' to the finish is tingly spine territory and, for once, the goody bags contained quality t-shirts which actually fit! Also, time-linked medals are a great incentive. All in all, this race is superb and desreves to be much much bigger. I will definately be back next year for some unfinished business with the gold medal. Made me proud to be a runner and proud to be a Stokie. A huge pat on the bag to all concerned. Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: Hot & Hilly, but an excellent race, superbly organised and supported In full: My first time here, but I'm ready to sign up for 2009 already. This was a fantastically supported race, with local residents providing much needed Jelly Babies & Hose Pipe relief! Was personally dissappointed to just miss out on my usual sub 1:45 time, but the late hills put paid to the silver medal ambitions. Never fear, for I'll be back for it next year!!! Many thanks to all supporters & organisers for creating a great 'arf. Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: Fantastic race. Going to be one of the countries top half marathons!!! In full: Wow, what a fantastic race! Tough as nails with 2 horror hills and as for the last one?!! A good challenge though with fantastic support from the crowd and marshalls. Great goody bag and plate and a lovely medal depending on what time you get. A great idea and terrific incentive to push for the line as the clock approches the cut off point. A fantastic race and well worth the 400 mile round trip to do it. Will definetly be back next year to go for gold! This race is going to be massive and one of the countries top half marathons. Well done to everyone involved for what was a fantastic and memorable day. Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: Hot, hilly but great support In full: Unfortunately not a PB largely due to the heat. Be well prepared if you intend to do this. It is a great run but definitely not easy. Date of review: June 9, 2008