In short: Brilliant event... again! In full: Having done the half and full marathons at Chester last year, I had high expectations - which were met. The event organisers are really making a name for themselves now - other events take note, this is how things should be done.
The course is undulating but mostly the climbs are short and not too challenging (though the one just before you hit the 13th mile is a bit mean! Haha).
The event is well supported and the marshals/volunteers deserve special thanks.
In short: Great atmosphere, well organised, flat-ish course, loads of support In full: This is the first time I've done the Chester HM since it changed from being a club-organised event to being run by an 'events company'. My misgivings were wrong - the organisation at the start and the end was exceptional. There was plenty of support, especially around the second half of the run where it was needed. Plenty of water stops plus gels and lucozade. Even the t-shirt's good!I missed my pb by a couple of minutes, but there's always next year :) Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: A great half marathon, even better this year!! In full: Tagged as a fast, flat half- it does have potential to be a fast race- it isn't flat though. An uphil start then uphill from 2 to 6 miles- it gets better on the way back but a nasty climb in the last 800m sorts the men out from the boys- Felt the sponsor of Nike is a coup and the t shirts were alot better this year. Well organised at the start and a good fun run too Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Clockwork organisation, great atmosphere & ace goodies! In full: You can tell this race is organised by runners, everything a runner needs for a great race day was there. From plenty of toilets pre-race to the gel station at mile 11 and all points between, it was there.
The course mostly consists of country roads which you wouldn't expect to have a great amount of support but almost every house had people outside clapping and cheering the runners on. Several were also offering jelly babies or water.
Apart from the cruel last mile being up hill the course is mostly flat - a small bump at mile 8 was all there was of note.
Decent tech t-shirt (again, just what a runner wants) a big chunky medal and a goody bag full of haribo and chocolate was appreciated.
My first Chester half, but it won't be my last! Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: You can tell it's organised by runners. In full: From the ease of park and ride to the faultless organisation at the start and end, this is a great race. A few bumps to keep it interesting including a not very nice drag in the last mile but all in all the best half in the country. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: i love the smaller low key events but if all the bigger events were like this i would be converted. In full: faultless from start to finish. i echo what people have already said this year but i will add.... i wasnt going to race chester but as my wife got an injury she transferred her number to me. this was done on the day which meant a new number and chip issued to me. all done for free.