In short: suprisingly scenic,interesting and enjoyable. In full: My first half and loved it. The hills were a challenge but not difficult. Much better than a flat course. Fab marshalls and great band half way round. Medal, t shirt, chocolate,banana and free massage at the end! But organisers please send out the race pack and make the online entry easier!! Date of review: November 3, 2012
In short: £25? AND I had ot drive across town to get my number In full: Same as last year, only annoyances were that after paying a whopping £25 to run, I had to drive across cov to get my number from a shop that wasn't open yet, and to be told that "your notification email was probably in your junk mail folder"
Well, if my number had been posted to me for the cost of a stamp, we wouldn't have had all the heartache, would we?
And why put the bag drop at the top of a hill 5 minutes from the start line, and leave no signs pointing it out? I nearly missed the start!!!!
Other than that, I have to say the shining stars were the marshalls and the water guys... Really good team, and very grateful for their help. The steel band too were nice. Date of review: October 23, 2012
In short: Excellent First Half-Marathon Run In full: This was my first half-marathon and I enjoyed it immensely. The organisation was excellent and the support from the people of Coventry was truely uplifting. I am definately signing up for next year.
For a beautiful sunny day the route is perfect, right out of Coventry into the woods, through some small towns and back to the city centre. I would say the route has some hills in it. However, nothing too serious if you have incorperated some hill runs into your training.
Highy recommended. Date of review: October 17, 2012
In short: My local...but it is worth it! In full: What a great way to spend a crisp 'n' dry Sunday morning...just perfect conditions for a long run! Being a Coventrian I will probably sound biased but compared to some others, it is a very good half marathon and I think the best route since its introduction in 2007. First time on this new route for me as it clashed with the Loch Ness marathon last year.
Yes it was challenging in parts but I've seen worse hills..though the hairpin was a bit mentally punishing!
Plenty of water stations and Great marshalling throughout - you were all very supportive which was very much appreciated. And the steel band, just brilliant.
I was also glad that they avoided the goody bag that is usually full of leaflets that you never read. Water, mars bar and banana were in my hand within minutes of crossing the finish line and that's after my medal was placed around my neck! The t-shirt is good quality but just a shame that the small size is obviously designed for a small man...please bring back the ladies fit option as well!
No major gripes but agree about the clock at the finish (I didn't even see it!)and I prefered the previous location of the finish line - this was a bit twisty turny.
I can understand the frustration of those who have travelled from outside of Coventry having to collect the race pack. Easy for me as the Ricoh is not far from where I work but I do think that the organisers should consider postal race packs for next year. We want people from all over to visit our city and run our races so make it easy and stress free for them please.
Thanks to organisers, marshalls and volunteers who helped make the race a success.
See you next year. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: well organised well supported race! In full: perfect weather conditions for a well organised race. very bitter in the morning but great once race under way in the lovely sunshine. Good route out to north of the city into the lovely countryside. Allesley Park was a challenge after already negotiating several inclines! liked running back through city centre literally! Great support from locals and vocal marshalls.Plenty of water stations even picked up a jelly baby or two along the way! Millenium Place made for a great race village.Like the medal and tech t-shirt! Only gripes are would like to see the clock on way to finish,was faced the other way!Also trek to Arena Retail Park, is this necessary? and wont be able to use voucher! Shop did look impressive though. Well done Coventry blow Leicester off the map!! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Perfect weather for a good race In full: I agree with the earlier comments that collecting the race numbers and chips was a right pain. The collecting instructions and map weren't very helpful so it wasn't until we arrived in Coventry that we found we had a 20 mins bus ride to go and collect them! Please can they be posted out next year? The race itself was very good and the marshalls lovely and friendly. Although we went through sparsely populated countryside there were still spectators out there cheering us on. The steel band at the 7 mile mark near Allesbury (I think!) was excellent and a lovely surprise in the middle of nowhere. The water stations were also spot on with very friendly volunteers. The medal, water and banana at the end was very welcome and much better than a bag of leaflets. It was an excellent race with just the one exception for us slower runners. Just past mile 4 the marshalls stopped some of us so they could unblock the road and let the traffic through for several minutes as they said the drivers had been waiting a while. The race was advertised as road free for those runners under 3.15 so it was disappointing to be stopped mid-race to allow traffic to pass despite being well under the 3.15 and only after 4 miles. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Perfect weather, nicely challenging course, vocal marshalls. In full: Second year running the new course and still really like it. Weather was perfect this year (unlike the 2011 heat wave), cold with clear blue cloudless skies.
Very easy getting to the start, small toilet queues, runners standing in the right 'pens' before the start. Almost perfect!
Marshalls were a lot more vocal this year, encouraging all the runners and lots of small groups of locals out cheering.
Improved my time by two minutes on last year and ran a negative split – helped by the fact the first half is uphill, the second down!
Still a few minor niggles: collecting race numbers from Decathlon on Saturday was a pain, and a bit disorganised. No marshal or arrow (that I could see) at Allesley Village so I nearly went the wrong way. The route through Broadgate was far too tight, those corners really difficult to take at speed and the finish is a bit devoid of people who can’t see you until you are almost over the line.
Apart from that a great race and will probably run it again!!
In short: A great half In full: The course is quite a unique mix of city centre and scenic rural lanes further out. This mix keeps you interested throughout the race with a number of ups and downs thrown in - even the ring road feels like bit of a rollercoaster as you approach the closing stages! The marshalling was friendly and efficient (particularly the baggage tent) and the technical t-shirt of decent quality. Mars bars and bananas handed out at the end with your medal. 1300 runners this year, a smattering of support throughout the course (with a band at the halfway point), I'd wager this race will grow from here now that they have a big sponsor in Decathlon. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed! In full: A really enjoyable run in perfect weather conditions. Early in the morning there was a frost on the ground and it was bitter. However, by the time the race started the sun had come out and it was a lovely morning.
The first 6 or so miles were fairly hilly, which helped to keep pace in check early doors. The marshals were great and the water stations were well spaced, if maybe a bit heavy at the start rather than the later miles.
I would have appreciated having the race number and chip sent to me in the post, as it was awkward to collect it. This was my only gripe though and overall it was a really good day Date of review: October 15, 2012