In short: Nice place In full: Generally enjoyed my first half marathon even though my foot was killing me from mile 3! The locals were brilliant in their support especially out on the quieter sections of the course. Found a few bits of the course such as the contra flow through Appleton Thorn and the path through the park to be slightly narrow but overall it was a nice run. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Fabulous event and a must-do for me next year In full: Value: The New Balance technical T-shirt is excellent quality with an attractive commemorative design and far better than the usual tatty cotton Tee that you would never wear again. I'll be training and competing in this quality item.
The medal is a nice, solid, chunky item that has impressed all of my non-running friends and looks like a proper reward for 13.1 miles of effort! Along with race entry and as much free Lucozade as I could glug / carry away with me, I'd call it excellent value for money for a big event
Course: Testing first 6 miles on a slight, but noticeable upwards gradient meandering through rural Warrington... followed by a faster 2nd half in a gently downwards direction for a fast time! The course will have to avoid a couple of bottlenecks as it grows over the next couple of years though, but its a good route for both beginners and PB chasers. The finishing lap of the running track is an inspired idea which gives a real "grandstand finish".
Atmosphere: Fabulous throughout. Warrington is a friendly town, and this attitude rubbed off on spectators and competitors alike. Local support and drummer band en route were very enthusiastic, as were the excellent marshalls. Real sense of camaraderie amongst the field, and a proper "feel good factor"! I've been on a high all week!
Conclusion: This is an excellent event that looks certain to grow in size and stature each year. A few minor glitches were to be expected this year and the highly profesional team behind the event will have them ironed out by next year. Elite, enthusiat and charity running beginner were all equally catered for an made to feel valued. Really enjoyed this and cant recommend it highly enough!
In short: A nice friendly race with bags of atmosphere. In full: One I would definately do again, the only criticism I would have is the contraflow through Appleton Thorn, totally demoralising seeing runners with a good half hour on you, also it created a bottle neck in which you became trapped behind slower runners; would be great if they could change this for next year. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Challenging hills, but at least they were in the first half! In full: Nice route, good to run on closed roads. Enjoyed having the hills in the first half when I was energetic enough to deal with them! Great goody bag as well. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Loved the race, brilliant route the support from the residents on route was fantasticc. In full: I have been on a high all week, my 1st half 2 hrs 14 secs. i was doing 9 mile pace all the way and decied to go for it at mile 11, when I was on 1 hr and 38 minutes. Big mistake eneded up doing last miles 10.30 mile pace. Thank you to all the support on route. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In full: my first half marathon- last climb at cantilver killed me but still managed 1.56 -loved the community feel- a big difference after several manchester 10k- great day & will complete again Date of review: October 6, 2009
In short: Very nice route, excellent local support, and a good bunch of fellow runners! In full: A really good event, with very enthusiastic and vocal support, even the marshalls clapping and cheering runners on. Not sure why Runners World rated this as flat - there were a few cheeky climbs in there I'm sure! The positioning of the Lucozade Sport station at 12 miles was a waste - way too close to the finish for this to be of significant benefit. But good overall, and would certainly do it again! Date of review: October 5, 2009