In short: Thoroughly enjoyable In full: Pleasant course, though off road tracks were challenging under foot at times! Loved the stadium finish and the family cheering from the stand! Organisation was good, although not enough toilets in the start area! Date of review: November 7, 2011
In short: Done loads of halfs so was keen to do one relatively local. First 5/6m mostly uphill and quite tough then flattened out but then went on and off road for a couple of miles and then mostly downhill to the end. In full: The off road section really spoiled this race but all the roads were closed so that was offset.
I don't understand why the organisation couldn't post out the chips - you had to collect them the day before in the centre of Warrington or just before the race. For £28 entry, I'd have expected a pre race letter.
The crowds were surprisingly good & vocal. I may do it again, I know it's a Charity race but it is very expensive for what it is. I was 12m off my best so not a fast course - the top 10 times show that. Date of review: October 16, 2011
In short: well organised race with great local support In full: I have been trying to break 2 hours for my past 3 halfs without success. Having read previous years reviews about the hilly first 6 miles I was not expecting to get a pb. In reality I did not find it too bad as there was just quite a few steady inclines for the first half and then the downhill part just when you need it. So finally managed to break that 2hour barrier.
Thought the marshals and locals were fantastic - very vocal!
In full: Having finished at the back of the field (newbie runner!) I felt there was little support. Also the pack given out was pretty poor and only T-shirt size left was a medium, needed XL :( real shame as I enjoyed the run even though it was a killer, am reconsidering entry next year due to lack of reply from the organisation. Date of review: September 28, 2011