In short: Flat, quiet country roads. Markers every mile, Water Stations, pleasant marshalls, route well indicated. In full: Flat, Quiet country roads, Markers every mile, Water Stations, pleasant marshals, route well-indicated, Medal & Goodies at the finish, Good Atmosphere and a balanced mix of Elite and Novice runners. A lovely event all round, Iâ€™ll probably be back next year. Date of review: February 11, 2010
In short: Good organisation, except i did not know the first one had been cancelled. Luckily only coming from Bolton so not too bad. Race on day was good. Lovely to have o cars. marshells were lovely. Too few tolilets for women was my only grip. Date of review: February 10, 2010
In short: Well organised debut In full: I'll give this race my usual review.
This race was rearranged, I only entered after the rearrangement though so I have no comments to make on that.
I live local so turned up 30 minutes before the start, my race pack had turned up a week before with a map of the route and where to park. I was quickly directed to a nearby field about two minutes walk to the start.
The race HQ was a village hall that had the usual running stuff for sale, hot drinks and snacks were reasonably priced and there were plenty of chairs in the warmth. My wife was waiting so appreciated this. Chip timings were in use (although not advertised) and probably matter to some, I'm all in favour of keeping down costs and in such a small field didn't seem necessary.
The start was a little away from the HQ, a good five minute walk and there was a PA keeping us informed at the start.
The route went around minor roads, although not closed to traffic there was very little on the route and no major issues with crossing roads. Although the route was written as flat I think it is fair to say it wasn't that flat and undulating would be a fairer assessment. There was plenty of ups and downs, a few motorway bridges, etc. I don't much care either way on the hilyness of a course but I do think the organisers should tell the truth, it was not flat, Blackpool and Fleetwood were flat.
There were two water stations on the course at about 5 and 10 miles, the first gave a 500ml bottle and the second a small cup. It was adequate based on the outside temperature. The course was marshalled well, thought the last part towards the canal bridge could have been better marked than a marshall at the last motorway bridge shouting some instructions.
Thr finish was at the village hall and finishers were presented with a decent medal personalised for the event, a bottle of water, a mars bar and a pair of socks. Makes a nice change to get some things you actually want after a race (a nice Mars bar) instead of the usual free sample horrid granola bar!
The race was fairly inexpensive and was well organised, great value for what it was and will hopefully be on the calendar next year Date of review: February 10, 2010
In short: Nice flat course on country roads In full: Great organisation and scenic flat course. Hoping this becomes a regular event (hopefully not too early in January though!!!) Date of review: February 10, 2010
In short: it was ok i suppose :-0 In full: would i do it again....... yeah go on then! nice run through some countryside that one would normaly pass by. my only gripe was with the competitors at the prize giving and they would not stop talking. Date of review: February 9, 2010
In short: very good hardly any traffic and good to get to In full: had traveled from derbyshire to do first event which was cancelled but you cannot do much about the weather. drinking water is it possable to have it a bit warmer it was ice cold and almost impossable to drink when running a lot of runners seemed to be throwing it away after a couple of drinks, saying that I did enjoy the race and do hope to be back next year Date of review: February 8, 2010
In short: A very pleasant half marathon In full: Well organised, friendly encouraging marshalls and a fairly scenic route on quiet roads on a vey cold morning! Slightly undulating. Nice medal. Only a small field, may have been better on the original date Date of review: February 8, 2010
In short: A very respectable debut for this event! In full: This rearranged run was very well organised. All signs and mile markers were very clear and there were plenty of marshalls offering smiles and kind words on a very cold morning in Catforth. Not much to look at really but this is a course with definite PB potential. The only inclines were a couple of bridges across the M55 and a canal bridge right near the end. The field seemed to be very mixed with a friendly atmosphere but the rural nature of the run meant no spectators. The medal and bits and pieces at the end were good and the village hall was a nice base. I certainly hope that this event happens again next year. My only small quibble would be that any postponement needs to be better advertised; with much a small field surely emails or text messages or calls could be made. Date of review: February 8, 2010
In short: A great half marathon. In full: Really well organised race. Would never have guest it was the first attempt. Great course and really friendly. Lovely countryside and roads quiet. Date of review: February 8, 2010