In short: I had pre-registered but was amongst the last set of runners to come in. I was given a really tacky make-do medal. All the good ones had been given out even to people who had just registered on the day. Very poor planning in this respect. In full: I put my complaint by email to the organiser and was told the good medals would be posted out to those who had not been given them. I am still waiting ....... Date of review: December 10, 2009
In short: Wet on the day, but that's the weather oop north for you ;-) In full: The weather is uncontrollable, so no complaints about that. Yes there was a flooded section of road, but that's life. Cope! Glad I took my cross country trainers though. It's really two thirds on road and one third tracks. Not really cross country, but muddy and slidy, so choose your shoes well. The start was a bit crowded and would benefit from being longer before the route narrows. A loop of the track would do. Bit of a lack of atmosphere (possible lack of local promotion eg radio for local support) and also build up at the start (need amplifiers) would be much appreciated and more friendly. Good race though. Enjoyed it. Date of review: November 18, 2009
In short: Minor adjustments needed In full: As people have said, the start and finish need sorting.I started with the 2 hour people and couldn't hear any announcements or any indication that we'd started - just had to follow those in front. I also had no idea where the finish was and kept running until after the big blue sausage. Date of review: November 15, 2009
In short: I did this race last year and came back for more , managed to take 4.5 min off my time and really enjoyed it , good support very friendly and the cup of tea at the end was very welcome Date of review: November 13, 2009
In short: A quick half marathon but with a difficult road section In full: Good race, long time since I did a half marathon, most runners very friendly the only complaint I had was there was no minutes silence before the race as it started at 11am on Remberance Sunday. Date of review: November 11, 2009
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.