In short: Not for me. In full: I found the course boring and even the challenge of the hills did not make up for it. I wasn't impressed with the organisation - I entered online and had to pick up my number on the day. The online information was lacking in any detail and I had to turn up and hope I could find where I needed to be. The race information was inside the race envelope - little use as I had already arrived. Technical t-shirt is a good fit, however I am not keen on the design so it will become a throw t-shirt for another race. Too many runners with head phones with no general awareness of other runners. The support en route however was tremendous and the unofficial water points and water sprays were very welcome - thank you people of Hanley! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: At last organisers that give you a t-shirt you can actuatually use for something other than painting in! In full: I am not Stoke's biggest fan but I have to say that the race was really well organised and really well supported. I would certainly recommend it if you are in the area but don't expect a PB - you won't make up as much time on the down hills as the up hills take out of you. I was hoping to beat my PB of 1:40 but only managed a 1:51. Hot day and a hilly course! Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Excellent organisation. Crowd support is brilliant. Thanks to the people manning the official and unofficial drinks stations. The course was hilly, on a hot day. A tech t shirt and medal was much appreciated. Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Definitely recommend this race, the organisers put on a great event and the atmosphere is brilliant. In full: This was the first time i ran this race and got a pb of 1:46. Was very pleased as this was a hilly course and it was a hot day. Heartbreak hill lived up to its reputation, i couldn't manage to run up it and had to walk.
Got to say i was so impressed with the people of Stoke, great crowds all the way along, and especially gratefull for the ice pops. The crowd at the finish line was so loud that i even managed a sprint finish.
Definitely recommend this race. Thanks to the organisers for putting on a great race.
In short: Tricky course but great atmosphere! In full: I was really nervous about running this having read all the reviews about the hills. That hill at 11.5 was a killer but the brilliant support from the people of Stoke made it all worthwhile! And I somehow came away with a new PB! One of the best half marathons I've done and I'll definitely be back next year! Date of review: June 15, 2012