In short: Don't try and make it too big, in my case small is best. In full: If they sort the finish area out this would go down as a Must Do race. The weather couldn't have been better, course would have been a bit testing in a gale force wind. Yes Dog litter was very noticeable on the cycle track but would try again in the future. Thanks to eveyone who helped on the day as without the Backroom Boys we wouldn't be able run. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Thanks for a great race In full: Brilliant race, fantastic scenery and a challenge in running up the Great Orme to boot.
Only down side was getting cold in the 15 minute wait for medal and t-shirt. This would put me off next year when they want 5000 to run, especially when a few areashad more marshalls than necessary. Also this should be a runner only area.
Aside from this, brilliant, ta!
Aside from this I loved it Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Worth it for the scenery In full: I'll be doing this again next year the scenery was fantastic. The race overall was well organised, and the spectators all around the course were so pleasant spurring you on. The run up the orm is very hard so just bare that in mind if your a beginner. But managed to run all the way round in under 2 hours so very pleased. 2 minor points for next year:
1: Sort the t-shirt and medal giving part out, having to queue for 20mins when you've finished is not good on the limbs! 2: Sorry but the amount of dog poo down the paths was disgusting, maybe the council need to install more waste bins. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Great fun, got a PB ! In full: What a great race, yeah the start wasn't great as runners of all abilities were bunched together, but it must be very difficult to place timing zones in a narrow area.
Run up to the top of the Orme was never ending but the sprint down the other side was great fun. No queue when I finished but it was bad later on when friends finished around the 2 hour mark. This is easily fixed by having bags as you finish, or more stalls with the t-shirts.
Energy drink at the top would be good, but the idea of having gulp sized water is actually quite a good one, as that`s all you need.
All in all, cracking race, got round in 1.37, knocking 10 min off my previous best.
In short: Great race in a lovely setting but..... In full: Not much learned from last year . Promised signs for different finishing times i.e. faster runners at front . Not delivered . Coastal path very congested , suprised no one was tripped and subsequently trampled on . T shirt palava very poor . To have the finishing last few hundred yards on a pavement , with pedestrians on it is diabolical . Possibility of getting stuck behind a walker or running headlong into a pram . Very dangerous ! Sorry to critisise all hard work people have put in , hope you see it as constructive because it is a GREAT race , thanks . Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Great Course, poor organisation In full: Entry: Entered on line, but race no. not delivered, had to phone up, no apology, found my entry had been deleted, told to pick it up on race day. Queued up in the cold along with quite a few others in similar situation! START: mass start, no time segregation as was advertised, difficult passing slower runners at start. RACE: Awesome route, loved it FINISH: No queue for early finishers, but later wife had to wait 20+ minutes for medal and t-shirt, which was the wrong size, no small left...totally unacceptable for the price paid. FUTURE: energy drinks at stations would be nice, a recovery drink at finish. Must have adequate t shirt sizes available, why not hand them out in bags in the funnel at the end as in other races, much quicker, and there will be no swapping of sizes. Organisation must be much more efficient if upping to proposed 5,000 entries. RACE: Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: A good half marathon with glorious scenery and, of course, a good 2 mile climb up the Great Orme. The only problem I had was that the first couple of miles are very tight, with little room for passing,and the queue for medals/t-shirts was a bit slow. In full: Otherwise, this is an amazing race, has great potential and will surely grow and grow with each year> Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: One of my favs so far In full: Great race pb potential going up the orme is a challenge but you can gain ground going down the other side glad i got in earlyish as the queue for the medals later were hideous all in all a great race thoroughly enjoyed Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: This race lived up to is billing about being so scenic and beautiful, Stunning from start to finnish! In full: Faultless race, well organised, stunning views, And a nice big hill in the middle to test the legs! One for the calender for sure! Date of review: November 21, 2010