In short: Not really for slower runners In full: I didn't really enjoy this one, as I feel it's not really a race for slower runners. My PB is 2:37, but roads were quickly reopened during my race & marshals withdrawn. Very annoying having cars flying out of side roads every few steps nearly running me over as I tried to get past people as I ran on the pavement. I nearly got lost a few times too as no marshals. Speaking to other people during the race it was clear others had actually got lost & gone the wrong way. I ran the whole of it, but I feel it's a race for faster runners only.
Good support from the locals though. Medal nice, though disappointed it didn't say something on it that mentioned it was a HM.
In short: Thank you Sexy Stoke! In full: I have a bit of a soft spot for Stoke-on-Trent and had to come back for this one. It wasn't the easiest course to target for a PB - which made getting one even more awesome. Finished in 1:44 and still can't quite believe it, especially after that killer incline just before the last mile. Vicious course, but fantastic race - thank you Sexy Stokies! Date of review: June 17, 2010
In short: Everything a half marathon should be In full: Just an awesome race, this year I just ran below my half marathon race pace deliberately to enjoy it for the first time in 3 years and it made it fantastic just to soak up the atmosphere and remember why I love running in the first place. Thank you to my fellow Stokies out there for your support, you did us proud as usual! Date of review: June 16, 2010
In short: you have to work hard to get a good time In full: first time for me and enjoyed it very much,lots of hills with a real good one at 11 miles and lots of good support from the locals. liked the medal goody bag not to good, anyway this is a good challenge for people who like half marathons. Date of review: June 16, 2010
In short: A fantastic event In full: The atmosphere on this race makes the pain of the hills worthwhile. At 12 miles my legs were shot but the last 200 yards or so are lined with hundreds of people shouting you home and I managed a sprint finish that I've never even achieved on shorter events. The addition of different medals to me also adds a new dimension, especially if your past performance puts you on the borderline between gold/silver, silver/bronze or bronze/standard you'll definitely have the extra incentive of wanting the better medal. The is a must do event for me. Date of review: June 15, 2010
In short: Hills of Stoke In full: There's a sadistic organised who planned this half putting Milton Road on this course. What a great well supported half marathon. Hats off to the people of Hanley that supported this race all long it's route, Thankyou for the water, Jelly Babies and the showers, they were appreciated. A well organised challenging event. First time I've run it, I will be back. Date of review: June 15, 2010
In short: Hilly & Friendly In full: This is my fifteenth half and is one of the better ones. Field big enough to have some atmosphere, but not too large. Challenging course - those hills - not to be underestimated. Didn't see anyone run up the 11 mile hill! Finish a little croweded and goody bag poor; medal and t-shirt fine. But the best comment is saved till last - people of Hanlay and surrounding area - thanks. They lined just about the entire course, cheered, clapped, offered sweets and hose pipe sprays. Good on 'em! Makes it special. Date of review: June 15, 2010
In full: this my first half marathon after only taking up running 6 months ago was in a word awesome. i had done a 10k and a 7 mile just to get the feeling of whats what in the world of running before entering the potters arf. 4 weeks before the race i turned my ankle and was out of training for 3 weeks, so was going into the race on a wing and a prayer. what a fantastic time i had. i thought it was a brilliant course with some long up hills and a real twist about 2 miles from the end...... ive never seen a hill like it and at about 11 miles what a killer it was. the organisation seemed faultless and i certainly had no complaints, but for me the best bit was the crowd. all the way round people were cheering you on...ladys out with hose pipes and sweets, and plenty of drink stations. as i came down the hill into Hanley on the finishing straight the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end and for a moment i could have been crossing the line for England such was the cheering,,screaming and shouting. the crowd were brilliant. i did it in 1hr 57mins and was chuffed to bits to get the bronze medal. i cant wait till next year, im going for the silver!!! thanks for a brilliant time Hanley. Date of review: June 14, 2010