In short: Hilly, glorious scenery a few minor irritations but overall a great challenge In full: How anyone got a PB is beyond me- the climb up the Great Orme put paid to my intentions. A few minor gripes - too few loos, a cramped path for first 2 miles made pacing difficult, the finish was chaotic for people like me finishing >2hrs. But the scenery is glorious, I enjoyed the run and like the t-shirt (paid extra for the tech version) and medal. Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: Running in Conwy/ LLandudno make it special . In full: As I said , beautiful place to run . Conquering the Great Orme is such an achievement . On the downside , and I have done all 3 races so far , some things need sorting out if this race is ever going to expand . The first few miles running on a coastal path is far too congested . Need to get it on proper roads or set people off in waves . No one ever takes notice of time markers at start . Also finish is just a shambles , with spectators getting in runners way . And the toilet facilities were useless . No sign of changing facilities either . Still a great race though but could be better . Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: A little hill work..... In full: It is advertised as a scenic course and I can confirm that, added too with the unseasonal sunny November weather. Was aware of what the ascent of the Great Orme would be like from the Nick Beer 10k and paced myself accordingly so wasn't too bad and rewarded with the views and childlike running / hurtling down the other side. Wasn't aware of the sand section which did break rhythmn, especially on way back, but added to the overall test of road, trail, sand and hill. Good support and marshalling all way round. No goody bag, but on reflection, quality of medal,water / biscuits provided and organisation, make it not an issue. Also upgraded to technical t shirt which seems worth the money. Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: Amazing scenery In full: This was my first time at Conwy and I wasn't disappointed. Starting and ending at the castle was lovely. Normally I dislike hills but the scenery around the Great Orme was breathtaking and took my mind off the fact that I was climbing upwards for 2-3 miles. The run back down the other side felt fantastic. It was the sandy pathway that really got me and felt like hard work. The organisation was very good and the chocolate biscuits at the end were very welcome. I really enjoyed this race! Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: Tough as old boots, but great race In full: Love this race, still my PB course (1.38 from last year) God knows how. Obviously didn't do enough hill work as found it a lot tougher than last year, possibly because it was lovely and warm or the wind had blown up seemingly massive dunes of sand on the footpath on the way back. Great fun though, those last 3 miles seemed to never end. See you next year. Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: Glorious views and some testing hills In full: I ran this with 4 total beginners and they really enjoyed the challenge it provided. Possibly the nicest November day ever certainly helped! A lovely race with a great challenge round the Orme - the last 5 miles are downhill and if you conquer the hill a PB is possible. Date of review: November 20, 2011
In short: Orme-inous! In full: This was my first half-marathon and I summoned up the will to do so after reading the reviews for last year. Also, it gave me enough time to prepare reasonably thoroughly and gave me an excuse to get plenty of hill work in, as the Great Orme is a tough test with two miles of pretty frequent climb.
It's said to be one of the most scenic half-marathons. Undoubtedly. We got lucky with the weather but the views out to sea were splendid irrespective of the direction. Coming back down the Orme was breathtaking with the whole estuary out in front of you.
Marshals were encouraging and there were people most of the way around. The course is obvioualy dominated by the Great Orme, but changes in surface also posed a challenge - especially the gravelly and sandy cycle track from Deganwy to Llandudno.
Finish was well-organised with water at the finish line, and the t-shirts and medals were picked up quickly (very nice medal). The copious supplies of chocolate biscuits afterwards was a nice touch. The only glaring organisational weakness was the relative lack of portable loos.
As this was my first half-marathon I was happy just to set a time and beat it (just, I aimed for 1:45, and got 1:44:11). I don't think it's PB material though as the hills and surfaces can slowly sap it out of you.
Time permitting, I'll be back next year, and can only recommend it to others. Date of review: November 20, 2011