In short: Very fast course, with pleasant scenery and support In full: Enjoyed my first time here, and smashed my PB, which always makes for fond memories! Course is very flat, with just a few short bumps with a couple of miles to go. Ample parking at the hq, and good organisation throughout. Bottled water was gratefully received compared to the usual plastic cups. Scenery was a mixture of strong smelling fields of rape, open views, and small villages, with some good support scattered around. Will definately plan this one in for 2013! Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: Fantastic race made all the better by the weather. In full: Second year doing this race and it was just as good again. An awesom flatish course with some great views. Only downside as others have said is the bottle neck of a start. The official times were a couple of minutes out according to my garmin but overall fantastic. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In full: Nice race,flatish,quick course, well organised and marshalled.Start and finish are a good mile apart so there's a good warm down walk back across town to your car.The finish was good and well supported on parkland overlooked by the cathedral.Will do this again but hope the timechip problem regarding slow official times as apposed to garmintimes is sorted out. Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Great weather, great event. In full: This is the second year I have completed this event so I knew what to expect. I really enjoyed it. The organisation and marshalling were excellent. A lovely route made better by the sun. Plenty of water stations - I appreciate bottles of water as opposed to cups. The support by the locals was also very uplifting. The setting for the finishing line is one of the prettiest I have come across as a runner. I liked the glass momento I received at the end but hated the baseball cap. Cheap and nasty. A T-shirt would have been much better!
I will certainly be returning again next year.
I am a big fan of KP Events. Never yet been disappointed by any of their running events. Well done!
In short: Superb race through the countryside around Lichfield In full: The marshals around the course were excellent. Really can't fault it, good support in the villages and at the end. Nice memento as well. A few gentle ups and downs along the route but thankfully the last mile was downhill and took 3 mins off my pb, very happy! Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: A good all rounder In full: Really enjoyed this race, the support was fab and a bonus with the roads being closed. Very well organized, mile markers in all the right places and water stations frequent even one energy drink station. Course was mildly challenging though I still managed to shave 9 mins of my PB! so couldn't have been that bad :-) A great finish and goody bag with hat, glass trophy, sis gel, sis energy bar and even a banana! Also free bus back to start but i chose to do the mile walk very easy to find way back! Definitely a good race and im looking forward to the other two KP events Im doing this year if they are run in the same fashion. If you would like a more in depth review of my experience on the lichfield half marathon please see me running blog http://marathonmorris.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/lichfield-half-marathon.html Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Lovely day,lovely course, lovely run In full: Really enjoyed this run. Yes it was a little cramped at the start but so what it was only for 30secs or so before it opened out. Loved the course as i much prefer country lane runs rather than city centre runs. It was a great course on a fine day. Big mention for the support at Whittington Fradley and at the finish,it was great to see complete strangers out and cheering us on and it really does make a difference to us runners. The coach ride back to the start was a nice touch as well. i will certainly return to this run next year. Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Excellent organisation, friendly marshalls and police In full: I really enjoyed this race. Apart from a bit of congestion at the start it was really well organised. Everyone was so friendly and relaxed especially the marshalls and the police. A big thank you to the people of Whittington who came out in force to cheer us on, it was a great boost. Mile markers were spot on and could easily be seen and although it was an undulating course there was nothing too nasty. The route was lovely and scenic and mostly traffic free with lots of water stations. Although the glass award was nice, I would have liked a medal but no worries it was a great race. Finally congratulations to the fireman who ran in a huge furry red elephant costume - that must have been tough! Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Challenging end to a cool race In full: Parking at the start of the race was a bit of a nightmare due to congestion but after that the whole experience was very good. Good support on the course some challenging miles towards the end...would definitely do it again. Date of review: May 7, 2012