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
In short: Its a local race - thats the positive bit. In full: The course is dull running thru housing estates, the medal is so cheap and tacky compared with the past 3 years. Yes you get a tee shirt, but its just covered in sponsors logos and a map of the course. Like you'll be wearing that down the pub on Friday night. Mine was supposed to be a large, more like XXL.
This is one of the only marathons I know of that if you finish in an average time of 4- 4.30 you'll be running by yourself for the last 2.5 hrs.
I keep hoping WOlves can pull it out of the bag, but it just doesn't any get better year on year.
The good points are the marshals were fantastic, the Gregs food bag is great as well. Expect support from locals on the 1st lap, but on the 2nd lap most have gone. Def wear head phones! Also Brian Smith and Bryan Dale taking free outstanding photos. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Great day,never doubted it !! In full: Looking at some past reviews it could easily have put some people off but,orginisation was very good even at the car parks,plenty of toilets at the park, great atmosphere, route was decent [it is a city centre run after all]medal,t shirt, goody bag.A great day out. Date of review: September 4, 2011