In short: nice race and course which was a lot better than the towpaths of the birmingham black country half marathon, not old enough to do a marathon but i wouldn't have liked to do the 2 laps. Date of review: September 18, 2010
In short: My 105th half Marathon and 3rd year in a row and I think I'll be back again In full: Great Organisation and a challenging course to get you a PB. Water stations excellent with bottled water, marshalling great and what support there is along course was excellent and vocal. Chip timing, medal, t-shirt and goody bag for price really good. Slight congestion at start with slower runners but will take you a minute or so to pick up your own pace. Good run in after tackling slight hill at 10 and a half miles. Friendly atmosphere as always with other runners, marshalls and support. Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Flat, dull course but good organisation. In full: Not exactly scenic! But the natives were friendly. A few locals out cheering. Hard doing 2 laps for the marathon as the course is quite boring. Lots of water stations & bottled water. Friendly marshals. (My only gripe that they took them in before the last people had finished.) Good organisation. Wendy in the office very helpful deferring entries. Good value as chip timed. Nice commentry as you finished. Medal ok, though identical to last year. Date not on medal, just ribbon. T-shirt & goody bag too. Good race overall. Date of review: September 10, 2010
In short: Great Event In full: This is the second year I have done this Half Marathon and I was really pleased, even better than last year due to mile markers....yes there were some slow runners at the front but it fanned out after 100 metres so it wasn't really a problem.
Also to the people sying it was hilly, you must be joking? one of the fastest half marathons I have done by far...yes there are a few hills towards the end but they are not big hills?
Well worth the money and i'll be back next year, oh and pb'd this year and last :-) Date of review: September 9, 2010
In short: Well organised, nice local event In full: Seemed very well organised and just a nice sized event, not too big & not too small. Good support along the course. A few long and steady hills but nothing too bad. Even if at the start they put time zones up a lot of people ignore them anyway... there's always going to be some slower runners / walkers short of common sense. Date of review: September 8, 2010
In short: Better than expected..... In full: I enetered the Half Marathon with a little trepidation, after having heard lots of negative comments from fellow runners who had entered the event in previous years. However, I have to say that I enjoyed the event far more than I thought I would. Yes, the course winds through a few housing estates - but the course was still pleasant enough.... most town/city races take in a few places that aren't exactly easy on the eye so nothing different here. I must comment on the sewage works though.... things that aren't 'easy on the eye' I can cope with, but when they're not 'easy on the nose' as you try and get air into your lungs it's another matter! Start could be improved by organising people by expected finish time - although by the end of the first mile everyone seemed to have sorted themselves out, so again, no worse than many other events. Decent medal, with different medals for the different events which was a nice touch. Well organised baggage storage, lots of toilets, good marshalls and decent goody bag made it a good, value for money, event that I would happily take part in again in future years. Date of review: September 7, 2010
In short: Hills Hills Hills, maybe some more hills?! In full: Not for the faint hearted!! my 2nd ever marathon and surprisingly my new PB.... makes Edingburgh look like a walk in the park (without the scorching heat that is!!) Date of review: September 7, 2010