In short: Brilliantly organised In full: One of the best organised races I've ever done. I got a transferred entry the day before due to being unable to get to the race I was supposed to do and Malcolm still permitted/ facilitated this. Course is flat/ undulating and was run in freezing, windy (not icy) conditions- many times were a bit down but would be PB material in decent weather. We were informed at 5.15 am via the website that the race was still on! Impressive! Loads of marshals all the way round and lots of spectators supporting despite the freezing weather, loved it even when they shouted for me under the name on my number which luckily was the same gender as me!
Only thing that let it down for me was the finish. I don't mean to say this was a big thing as it wasn't but I say it in the hope of offering ideas for improvement for next year. It's a long walk/jog back to the HQ when you are finished which is no one's fault and is fine in itself unless the weather is as bad as it was today- the space blankets were much appreciated but could have been given to us opened as freezing hands struggle, also no food/ water in the goody bag- I think chocolate was given out at the end but I missed it.
Be warned as well, there was a 2hr35 cutoff on the road closure, which I thought was a little severe- in other words if you couldn't run a marathon in under 5hrs30, you probably shouldn't do this one. This is why I gave "Beginner friendliness" a low rating rather than because of the atmosphere, which was great.
Overall I really enjoyed the day though and would definitely do it again, hopefully in better weather!! Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Great organisation In full: Military precision from start to finish. Excellent organisation, brilliant well done. Very cold, wind hurt! but great race. Will be back next year. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: One of those races you just have to do each year In full: Great/extremely well organised race - plenty of support along the way - great marshalls. Great venue to start - Wilmslow Rugby club. Only minor gripe was the t-shirt in the goody bag - unusual colour - salmon pink, but not a big issue. Clearly the organisers had gone to a lot of effort to make this an excellent race. Definately will be back next year. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Flawless organisation again - great event In full: Organising an event on this scale cannot be easy, especially when the weather has gone from one extreme (very hot last year) to the other (Siberian winds this year). Doing a course inspection for a 5.15am update, regular, timely updates about car parking and weather, huge massage tent, co-ordinating marshals from lots of local organisations (hats off to them, today's conditions were horrendous for marshalling), decent mementos - all made for a fantastic event.
The course undulates but is very fast, there is plenty of vocal support along the way and very well stocked and staffed water stations (no congestion at water stations makes a big difference). Road closures all the way help a lot too.
Fantastic event, well supported, all the facilities a runner needs and a great fast course, the most unique race t shirt I've ever been given - what more do you want?
In short: Great race, incredible marshals In full: As ever, brilliantly organised race, especially this year in the freezing conditions. Marshals were outstanding. Thank you guys, used this as training run to London marathon, nice to finish a half not dead on my feet. Odd choice of t shirt but overall, top race as ever. Be interesting to see how many runners cried off Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Good as ever In full: Boy was it cold ( bit of a contrast with last year's heat wave) but as ever an superbly organised and enjoyable race. Nice size field - enough to create a great atmosphere all the way round, but not so many that you can't run at your own pace. A few inclines here and there to ginger things up, but overall a pretty flat race on good surfaces and potential for fast times. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: Great race but expensive In full: It continues to be one of the more expensive half marathons but it is a favourite of mine. Despite being out of sorts and putting in a woeful performance on the day, the fact that it is such a scenic race kept me going, despite wanting to stop after mile 3! I still can't understand where the money goes though! Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: As always a cracking event, well organized, good scenery but HOT!!! In full: My 10th year on the run for Wilmslow and i have enjoyed every one of them, weather was TOO good this year (well too good for running anyway!) back next year, cant wait. Date of review: April 17, 2012