In short: Too Expensive; Not Flat In full: Firstly, although there is good organisation at the beginning of the day, I found having to be at the gate for the start pens an hour before actually running very tedious. Toilets were certainly abundant though!
Does there really need to be a drink station at mile 2? - and an age old issue..why are people never realistic about expected finishing times.
It is quite crowded as you would expect with so many participants at the start line but no more than any other city event. Certainly not a flat route, much more undulating - undulating being the word....
I am not a fan of loops but understand that there isnt much of an alternative for this city.
Good support along the route but once over the finish line, it seemed rather chaotic with long queues due to narrow exits.
The price for this event is very steep and not worth that much in my humble opinion; especially when compared to the cost of some of the big city marathons.
Its one to tick off the list but I wont be back. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Good busy event, but poor value for money In full: Good event definately worth trying, but too many people in the available space & queues. Shocked to find that despite £39 entry, all the finishers T-shirts were 'Large only'. To small for me & too big for my wife. Date of review: March 22, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere, crowds all the way round. Better organised than previous years. In full: Freezing cold day but great to see so many spectators out supporting which was very uplifting. Couple of problems to overcome for future races; why have all T shirts in Large; far too big even for large people. Long slow queues for baggage post race. It was freezing so waiting this long wasn't good. This race is overpriced and doesn't represent great value, I've run far better halfs for less than half the price. I think the organizers are a bit greedy and taking too much money and allowing too many entries, it's a very crowded race but I suppose this adds to the atmosphere but potentially affects your pb opportunity if you get stuck behind a crowd. Date of review: March 12, 2013
In short: Well Organised, a Bit Early in the Year! In full: Ran this race during 2012. Very well organised, a train is specially put on to transport people to this, and you are directed from the station to the event. Baggage is guarded by soldiers, organised starting positions, plenty of portaloos. Two laps of the city, and despite what some may say, it's not flat, there are a few hills! Great support on the way round, the 131 Commando Regiment who were also running persuaded me to try harder. The little hill after the bridge over the river turned my legs to jelly after ten miles, but people persuaded me to carry on. The final stretch is covered by three video cameras, so give the final 100 yards everything you have left! Medal presentation at the end, you can purchase a plaque with your name and time to add to it. Only fault with this race, too early in the year!!! I don't like taking long distance training runs in January and February in the snow and ice! Not only that it's too dark in the evenings for the mid week races! Did this the once, enjoyed it but have no plans to do it again, as I didn't enjoy training for it. Date of review: March 12, 2013