In short: Enjoyable race, some minor organisational issues. In full: Positives first, a very enjoyable race along a well marshalled and scenic route. Nice medal too. The marshalls were friendly and supportive. The little bit of mud and water made the race far more interesting. It's November in North Lancashire for goodness sake - what kind of weather were people expecting?
Next year, I would suggest starting the race on the track so that runners can organise themselves into places appropriate to where they are likely to finish. Starting with a lap of the track would allow the field to spread before it gets to the narrower tracks where overtaking is more difficult. If you want to address a field of 600+ runners in the open air you will need some kind of decent voice amplification, otherwise most people will not be able to hear you and will not be aware of the one minutes silence. Being a Billy no-mates I had no one to talk to anyway, but I'd have been horrified if I'd unwittingly talked through a rememberance silence. A few signs from the leisure centre car park to the start of the race would have been helpful for those of us who don't know the area. I suspect the receptionist in the leisure centre was a little cheesed off at having to answer the same question so many times.
In short: Mainly flat, mostly off road. That good enough for me! In full: The wet bit was a challenge, but not too bad. Please no more talk of 'shaming' the people who talked through the minutes silence. Last year the race took place on the 11th and the silence was well observed. This year I wasn't expecting it and those of us who like to plod from the back heard no announcement at all. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Great Race - Shame about the flooded paths In full: Was really looking forward to this race - was surprised about the hill around the 9 mile mark as understood it all to be flat, but that was the only one. The water-logged path spoilt it for me - spoilt my chances of a PB and my shoes felt heavy from there on. I too, spoke to the wheelchair couple and they were really uplifting - well done to them both. Great atmosphere, great crowd. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: can you feel your toes? In full: Well done the organisers,stewards,medics etc.Weather spot on, but that run through the flooded part wow! certainly got the blood flowing,think it helped my legs.Ha,ha. Second time I`ve ran this,will be back next year. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Loved it In full: Had a great time, it felt like a cross between a race and a training run. Nice relaxed atmosphere, good route. even good coffee & hot showers in the sports centre. I'll look forward to thisone next year Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: My first half marathon and a good choice, one slight hill, rest was flat. Only downside was how wet it was, was cross country at one point. Wouldn't think this is normally a problem though. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: An enjoyable race with good support and encouragement from the marshalls. In full: A flat course [just one proper hill], largely following the Lancashire Coastal Way on the south side of the River Lune and using the old railway line to Glasson Dock. At Condor Green the course goes on to the A588 road northwards for about 1 3/4 miles before cutting back to the Lancashire Coastal Way and retracing the outward route. The A588 road can be busy and there is no footpath but fortunately drivers acted responsibly and gave way to runners. The flooded section of the course between miles 8 and 9 seemed to go on forever, [probably about 200 metres], and was somewhat demanding on tiring legs, but can be blamed on the weather earlier in the week and not on the organisation.
Do I have any criticism? As someone starting near the rear of the field, I was unable to hear anything going on at the start line. I was unaware that there was a minute's silence for Remembrance Day and judging by the chatter around me, nobody else was aware either. I never heard the actual start of the race and it was only when people in front of me started running that I realised we were off.
One of the mile markers, I think it was 3, was in the wrong place and came up .82 of a mile after the previous one, according to my Garmin, although the subsequent one was correctly placed. I mention this because it was an issue in the previous year.
Whilst it was a nice touch to finish on the running track, the actual finish line was not apparent to me and I was still running for the inflatable archway when I was informed that I could stop.
One final criticism was the car parking situation. On the way home it took me about 30 minutes to get out on to the public road. I don't know whether it was a one-off caused by other events on at the Sports Centre at the same time, or whether it is the "norm" but it just took the gloss off what was actually an enjoyable run. Date of review: November 9, 2009