In short: A challenging half marathon In full: It was an enjoyable half marathon and scenic in parts. The practical organisation was good and plenty of provison of changing facilities and toilets. The food at the end was satisfying. It would have been good to have been given the same consideration for those that ran the Marathon. I do not see the point of chip timing as the field we ran from, had no 'chip' mat to run over and there was no proper starting line marked, so did not know when to start watch. As one of the slower runners when I got to the end the clock, in my opinion, had been changed to the marathon time to soon and so the finnish time shown was misleading. The water stations and sponges were plentiful. Shame they had run out of cups at the last station. Please give some thought to the starting and finishing arrangements for the half marathon next year. Thanks to the organisers, as I realise how much voluntary time goes into organising such a big event. Date of review: September 23, 2009
In short: Prilent Weekend In full: Well The Weather allways kind to us again and the feel of the event is bigger each year and pure speed again.But one draw back is the Water Still overlooking the heat was making people upset stomach.My advice get a Cheap Cool Cases should be provided that my H/S Issue because Energy Water Better then normule specaile runners want cold not luke warm.Besides that Well Done Jackie and Team.Next Year I will be back? Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: enjoy the views, because the hills are waiting !! In full: 2nd time here, and I seem to bring sunshine ! the delay and then non-delayed start time was a new experience for me, what was that all about ? the route has some views to die for and some hills that could break you spirit. seriously, the last few miles are very hard and slightly hazardous in places. was pleased to finish and would not hesitate to recommend this race-not the greatest crowd support in terms of numbers but the locals are very friendly and encouraging. the stew was a great idea to refuel the runners and showers on site which is great. not the best medal in the world and I would have preferred a t-shirt like last year to the shopping bag but overall for the entry fee very good indeed. massive thanks to everyone involved. see you next year, god willing.
In short: Tough marathon so many hills - but great sense of achievement finishing. In full: I agree with most this was low key and charming race. I fell into a false sense of security in the 1st half and went too fast, then paid for it on the hills in last half. The drink stations were excellent for the small number runners and the stew and chocolate at the end was just what I needed. Watch out though for the vehicles on the open roads as some did drive by quite close on the narrow lanes. The marshalls and local people were friendly and cheered you on. Nice personal finish at the end. Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Ill definitely be back next year to see more of this beautiful Island and tame that damn A5 once again! In full: My first time in Anglesey for the marathon and I have pretty much nothing but praise for both. The location is beautiful – second to none. Blissful runs along the coast, past beaches, through ‘red squirrel forest’ and a chance to see much of the Island is just one reason to run this brilliant yet challenging race. The first half, with only a few mild hills lulls you into a false sense of security, but as others have noted, from 21 miles on you’ll be faced with almost constant hill. This, in my opinion, is the organisers way of saying “Ha, didn’t think we’d make it that easy for you did you?”. What the support base lacks in numbers more than makes up for in enthusiasm – the people of Anglesey are amongst the friendliest you could ever wish to meet and this is reflected in the smiles and encouragement that await the passing runners. Pre-race toilets were more than adequate and never needing to queue.Drink stations were plentiful (every 2 miles or so) and the sponge stations were also great considering how warm it was this year. Organisation was excellent (more so considering they were staging a 5K, 10K, ½ and full marathon on the same day!!!). With a relatively small field competing it was fantastic to have your own moment of glory, crossing the line with your name being announced and the awaiting crowd cheering your name. My only gripe was lack of a T-shirt to change into after the event. I’ll definitely be back next year though to see more of this beautiful Island and tame that damn A5 once again! Date of review: September 22, 2009