In short: Pleasently suprised, good organisation, quiet on the second lap In full: I was doing really well up to 17.5 miles then Cramp set in... this gave me time to see what was going on around me a bit more Some of the St Johns were really helpful ready with a bucket of water and sponges for cramped up calfs some were sitting around having a rest break, even when asked some just shurgged and off I went in pain (thankyou fro those who helped - also for the spectator who pressed the cramp out of my legs when I was lying in agony on the verge of a busy road) Marshalls were well spread out encouraging and helpful some of them were unsure of how far the next water was but not a major problem. The first lap was busy with spectators and runners but the second lap when the half marathon went in died down to the bare minimum... 300 odd of us runners spread out over 3 hours... great reception for the finishers, could have done without having to hear the finishers at 13.1 when I still had 13.1 to do. I do sound a bit of a maoner probably because I had a painful race but overall I was pleasantly suprised with the race, not a hilly course but one with gradual inclines at several places not much of a problem, Oraganisation was great, nice to have water bottles, Marshaling was pretty good (but I think they were pretty bored by second lap but sill encouraging and smiley) Nice finishing straight. I would have liked to see any local physios with a massage table at the end I would have paid my money for a leg massage :o) thank you Wolverhampton Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Well organised event, would do again. In full: This is for the half marathon. OK, so the scenery is a bit dull but it's not that important. Great organisation and certainly well worth the fee. Have run quite a few now and can say it wasn't the best atmosphere amongst the runners at the start nor during the race - not sure why, maybe the grey clouds overhead...with that said the crowds that did turn out were great and certainly helped support us. I think the bike event could have started a little earlier as they there were a few causing some issue at the start - also need to get some predicted finish time pens or signs up, too many slower runners at the front. All in all, good event, with a PB in the bag. Well done to those who ran in any of the events. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: The worlds lonliest second lap... In full: A very enjoyable race. The organisers know that Wolverhampton doesn't have as much to offer as its bigger neighbours & this is reflected in the whole set-up. But what it does have is charm & friendly natives, well on the first lap anyway... Those running the marathon pass the end of the half marathon & run off down roads & paths that have suddenly become quite deserted. Roads where St John Ambulance & TA personnel barely look up from their picnic or mobile phones as you trot by... Unless you are running in a group, prepare for some lonely miles. Nice t-shirt at the end, terrible cheap medal, & a goody bag from Greggs the baker(!) Well worth the trip up the M5 - especially as I PB'ed. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: A well organised run. The course undulated in places. The marshalls and other runners were really supportive as were the spectators. The t shirts and goody bag were great. The medal was a bit disappointing but for the entry fee overall was ok. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Bargain half In full: Loved it and reflected in a big pb. Sure its not the most beautiful route but t shirt,medal and goody bag for £18, Birmingham take note. Definately be back. Top job. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Wel organised, flat course, great finish and nice goody bag In full: My first full marathon after a few halves this year and a few training runs into the early 20's. Course was more interesting than I had feared, two laps didn't faze me although seeing the half marathoners peeling off into the park, whilst having to carry on was a little character building!!! Mile markers, marshalls and water stations were all spot on. The finish into the park was great,the medal, tee shirt and goody bag were also very good value. A well organised, flat-ish full marathon for £18 is spot on. Will definitely be back next year!! Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: A usual Wolves half In full: A normal turnout and at least the weather was nice after a rainy start. Enjoyed this half as I always do and yes it's not that scenic and yes it's not that well supported in places but thats the race for you.
Liked the large shirt - previous shirts have erred on the small side even for a large, Logos? what do you expect - it's a race T shirt :)
In short: Not the most scenic but good PB course and good finish In full: Well organised as usual, bit annoying with slow runners at the front at the start all cleared within 1/2 mile though. Did marathon this time and lap 2 was a bit boring with a lot of litle detours to make up the distance, wouldn't have minded another water stop but could have managed that better myself. Got a good PB so good day and the only reason I wouldn't do the marathon again is because I'm happy with the time I got. May do the 1/2 again, it's a good course for that. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Fine but... In full: Having not done this before but the Half being on my wishlist as a born and bred Wulfrunian I have to say it's a bit of a strange event this one.
Timewise I was slightly disappointed as 3 mins + slower than my last half but looking at other times and my age placing clearly not a bad run.
As a mid sized event 900 did half and 200+ (I think) the full it lacks the atmosphere of the big city events but also some of the charm of smaller (half) marathons which often have better changing facilities, Droitwich being a case in point.
Start is a bit of a mess. Fairly narrow road with today at least, a fair number of cyclists pushing through the already assembled runners to get to their start. I didn't see any accidents but a definite issue. I can't understand why the start can't be in the park.
A very twisty course, especially the first 7/8 miles. We went through a lot of cul-de-sacs with pathways, grass verges and underpasses as only rights of way. No hills to speak of although the 10 mile incline to the Rock at Tettenhall is a bit of an irritant. Too twisty for a PB but I would say not tough by any means.
Not sure why the course doesn't go through more of the bporough of Wolverhampton. i think a lot of the course was actually in Staffs. Maybe more scenic but does nothing to maximise spectator numbers or make it seem like a big event. Any scope for finishing at Molineux a la the Reading Half at the Madejski or possibly in the pedestrianised City Centre.
I would do Wolves again but it won't be an automatic fixture for me. I think it needs to decide what it is really. Is it a big city marathon or a multi-event day out? I am not sure the cycling and relay aspects do much for the event as a marathon/half marathon. In closing it's important to say that signage/marshals etc were very good. Date of review: September 4, 2011