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
In short: Some details to sort but worth the trip In full: Good effort club race but could be improved by: Making the pre-race announcements audible to the runners - putting up advance warning signs for the water stations - providing course and race details online, as next to nothing was available in advance - shaming the hundreds of people who laughed and talked through the minute's silence for Remembrance Sunday - sensibly seperating the faster and slower runners at the start, not putting the slower ones ahead of the fast ones after 30 seconds on a narrow cyclepath for the first mile Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Nice flat course and good facilities In full: 11am start was useful for us non-locals. Weather was perfect with a nice chill and no rain. The course is flat bar a small hill around mile 7 making this a potential PB course (which I achieved so happy).
The flooded footpath came as a shock and took the bounce out of my legs for the last 3-4 miles (that's my excuse anyway).
Being able to use the Sports Centre facilities was nice, as were the coffe and biscuits.
Hope to be back next year. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Enjoyed but could have done without the lake. In full: Perfect running day but the rain in the previous weeks meant that part of the course was under 10-15 cm of water for 20 meters or so (wick away socks?). I'm going to be picky but I thought the 1st H2O station was too early and the second must have had a rush there wasn't any ready, missed the third had to go back (I need notice). Nice course for a PB if you start nearer the front & don't get held up on the single runner track that seemed to last 3/4mile each way. Good support / atmosphere / value / medal and as I said enjoyed it even if my trainers didn't. Nice to get a reminder email before hand as well. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: flat fast half marathon, mostly off road, prone to being muddy!! In full: I have done this race 3 times and enjoy it, this year due to the heavy rain it was muddy in places and had a stretch of about 100m under 6 inches of water! However all part of the challenge and very good run. Car parking a bit chaotic so best to try and get there a bit early. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Great race, nice views, friendly marshals. In full: My second year doing this one. Nice views on tracks around the Lune Estuary. What a puddle though....!! Eeeeeeeek. Almost a trail race really. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Muddy and wet, but good fun! In full: Good organisation and scenic route. Awful weather the previous day meant a lot of the route was muddy, with some quite deep water in a couple of places. A narrow path at a couple of points made passing almost impossible. The standard of most runners seemed good, so perhaps not a great first race for novices. Would definitely run again. Date of review: November 8, 2009