In short: Third year running this half marathon and it has got better each year. Great atmosphere and support on the gorgeous route. Well organised and lovely goody bag at end. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Excellent race, excellent atmosphere, superbly organised In full: Very well organised event with a fantastic atmosphere.
Nice scenic course that was gently undulating apart from the last hill back into the City centre at the end but the crowd was fantastic.
There were plenty of loos available at the start so the queues never got too bad, which is very rare at races.
After finishing the organisation was second to none. The medal & t-shirt were very good.
Being over critical, there were only a few minor negative points, the goody bag could have been a bit better. From getting into my car it took well over 40 minutes to get off the racecourse. Finally, the gel station was originally supposed to be at around the half way stage but it was actually at about 11 miles which is far too late. These minor points however did not spoil what was an overall excellent event. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Brilliant course. In full: My first time running anything over 6.5 miles, managed to do it in 1:57:43. Would strongly recommended this, with strong support from people all over well worth the trip. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Excellent race. In full: Big praise to organisers and local people who were incredibly supportive - unlike anything I've seen in other races. Thank you to the lady at mile 12.5 when I was dragging myself up that mean hill who was incredibly encouraging, shouting out my name (numbers were personalised) and really spurring me on. Extremely well organised with plenty of everything - parking, loos, water stations, timimg mats and good feeling. Great tshirt too and massive medal. Very thoughtfully planned. Hopefully my legs will return to normal soon. and I'll be ready for that hill next year! Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Great start(Race Course). Great finish( Chester Town Hall and Cathedral In full: Great traffic free race out of beautiful city of Chester. Spectators can shop for at least 2 hours (in my case) and see the Finish in the beautiful town centre. Medal heavy. Goody bag could do with a bit more (leaflets can't be eaten). Fabulous Mornflake Oats hogey wagon in Town Centre GIVING AWAY free hot porridge to competitors. Sounds strange but that little touch was just the culmination of a great day out. If you've tried the rest now try the BEST. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: WHAT A FABULOUS RACE In full: What a fantastic race, I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it.
Fantastic organisation with some lovely touches, particularly sarting the children's race alongside the half at the same time. No queue to speak of at the portaloos either as there was so many of them - excellent.
Brilliant course nice and scenic and pretty much all gently undulating / flat which was great. A really friendly race with great commaraderie amongst the runners.
Excellent goody bag at the end as well.
I just want to say a huge thank you to all of the organisers and amazing volunteers and of course the local residents and supporters along the way. I'm countiing the days until I can do it all over again, can't wait!! Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Loved the race, the organisation and support around the course was fantastic - quite challenging in places especially the killer hill at the end, but other than that I over exceeded my PB and am well chuffed. Date of review: May 13, 2013