In full: This was my sixth Chester Half Marathon this year, and it just gets better and better. The organisation is absolutely superb, i could not fault it. The crowds were absolutely fantastic, and the live music was brilliant. At every point of the race there were people supporting the runners,fantastic. I preferred the slight change to the course this year, although that hill at the end finished me off well and truly. It was so hot!!I got a spotprize for wearing my 2010 Chester Half t shirt which i thought was a nice touch. Great Medal and t-shirt, a few goodies too! A brilliant race that i will do again and again! Congrats to all those who involved, another success. Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Amazing race In full: I really can't praise the race organisers highly enough. I have run many races all over Europe and this one is going to take some beating. I don't even have any suggestions for minor improvements, it was pretty near perfect.
Lovely start area on the racecourse. Mile markers were large and the drinks stations were frequent. The water bottles were exactly the right size and there were several large bins after all the water stops. Great support with really friendly locals along the route.
Thank you very much to all the volunteers along the course and at the finish, you were absolutely fantastic. Well done to Andy and Chris and everyone else involved, you can be really proud of putting on such a brilliant event. Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: Brilliant organisation In full: My second favourite half marathon behind anglesey. I like the race course start and town centre finish. The crowds at the end were amazing. I preferred last years course, due to there being a lot of support in blacon. I enjoyed the sunshine, the water stations were the best I've come across. Nice t shirt that I can actually run in and a big medal. The training runs are a great idea too. Chester marathon is just as good , see you in October !
In short: Well organised event, good one for HM newbies In full: Impressed with the organisation and excellent work putting out so many water stations. Thought course was so-so, the narrow track after the bridge was no fun as too crowded. Well supported race, especially at the finish. One other gripe aimed at other runners - if you must wear your ipod, at least look out before veering around in front of people. Bit of a lack of race manners today :( Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation In full: I was really impressed with the organisation, from the park & ride buses at the beginning of the day to the many toilets, the clear & well organised start, loads of drinks stations, cheering spectators and online tracking & cams. The goody bag was ok - lots of haribo type stuff that I personally don't like but the kids hoovered it up! I think that the course could have been more scenic given some of the stunning areas around Chester, but I guess compromises have to be made for traffic & residents. Shame it was so darned hot! Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: Bloody hot but a great finish and very well organised In full: A really good race, very nice atmosphere and a proper 'big race' feel (in a positive way). Water stations were very efficient which was vital on such a hot day. Only gripe is that the t shirt size L seems a bit small, but that's a minor complaint that does nothing to detract from a very enjoyable occasion. Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: This how ALL half marathons should be In full: My first Chester Half was 2010. I have always followed the comments of fellow runners and have always been impressed with the ability of the organisers to try and accommodate the suggested improvements. This year they appear to have excelled themselves. Organisation impeccable. Route (even improved from last year to accede to the few complaints from some residents). Marshals and volunteers should be allowed to go around every race in the country to show them how it is done. You won't see more smiles from a group of laughing hyenas. Water station positions just right. Spectators, with a bit of encouragement, were brilliant. Can't fault the whole thing. Even the toilets, and there were HUNDREDS, were immaculate.
In short: Excellent again In full: Well organised again. Very hot day but lots drinks availabe. I stuck with the 1:30 pacer, who did a great job. The change of the finish route was much appreciated but still a hill. Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: Great race with the usual Chester hilly sting in the tail! In full: Brilliant race and a good half marathon for all abilities. I would warn everybody of the last couple of miles though; there is no getting around it, you have to climb to get into the city centre. The climbs arent steep, but on a hot day like today they can sap the last of your energy.
It is a fantastically organised race with literally hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers doing everything around the course.
There are a couple of little niggles, but please bear in mind these are just what I think they should try and improve, even with these niggles it is still a fantastically well organised, friendly race.
So, the niggles, the drink stations seemed to be struggling a bit even throughout the latter half of the race; nothing major, but I would certainly not be looking to increase numbers any more as they were a bit congested.
If you want people to use the park and ride then you need to get in touch with the council and ask them to improve the signage and the frequency of buses going back to Wrexham Road. People were starting to get a bit grumpy waiting around and if I was going to do it again, without assurances that the park and ride would improve, then I would suggest to people to get to the racecourse early and park there - which I know is not what you want. Also, it would be useful to sign people to where the meeting points are at the end, if you dont know Chester it is a bit confusing and the two very friendly marshalls I asked werent too sure either.
As I said, these are minor niggles and should be taken in a spirit of positive criticism to improve future events; as my overall marks show I still loved the race and would recommend it to others Date of review: May 18, 2014