In short: Wintery but fun In full: This was my first half marathon, and despite the postponement and the icy/muddy conditions on parts of the course I am really pleased I chose to do it, especially since I only realised the day before that it's considered quite a tough one!
The organisers did a really good job, and the marshals were great. The atmosphere wasn't as big as I was expecting but given the reduced turn-out due to the postponement (and possibly some wusses dropping out because of the weather?) it was still pretty good, and I like a fairly quiet race anyway.
The course was not as challenging as I expected, with the exception of the big hill at about mile 8, which really identified gaps in my training (I will beat it next year!). It could have done with a few more/more visible mile markers as I only saw the ones for miles 7 and 10. Might have been my eyes mind you.
I really liked being able to get my result printed out at the finish, and the goody bag, medal and t-shirt. I thought that was quite generous considering the relatively low price of the race.
Immediately afterwards I would have said I am never going to do a half again, but now I am looking forward to next year. Date of review: April 5, 2013
In short: Mixed course. Excellent organisation. Fantastic marshals. In full: 3rd year running this race. Conditions on course made it much harder this year. The first half is fast and downhill, after you run over the famous Ironbridge and dodge the tourists through the town there is a killer hill. Conditions through Rough Park were challenging this year, fallen trees, thick mud and icy puddles especially if you train on roads like I do. Not much crowd support apart from my wonderful friends who had hung a banner for me on one of the bridges but the marshals were amazing. Medal and a t shirt this year. Date of review: April 1, 2013
In short: Thank you Telford Harriers. Great Race In full: Well this is my second year running this fab race. After a postponement from our less than tropical weather, They worked really hard to organise the race the following weekend. First half was fast and down hill, then over the iconic Ironbridge to be greeted by "The Hill" it went on and on... Second half my race went to pot. I tripped up / slid on ice. Climbed a few felled trees. But this is what added to the fun. The Marshals were truly fantastic. Giving me great cheers even when I felt rubbish. Excellent organisation, Marshals (Again)This is a race for the hardened runner, who likes a challenge in a Half Marathon. Lets just say, I wanted to run 20 miles by running home but I was beaten at the finish. Yes its really that challenging. I WILL RETURN NEXT YEAR! Thank you Telford Harriers. cracking job! Date of review: March 31, 2013
In short: A good race despite the weather trying its best In full: A good enjoyable race a little muddy in places with a few fallen trees. A rescheduled race due to snow but well organised lots of good marshals and a decent goody bag. Date of review: March 31, 2013
In short: Tough but great :-D mixture of track, road, field, and mud!! My kinda half. In full: My first ironbridge and only 2 mins outside my PB for a road half marathon. Loved every minute of it, bit of off road, mud and puddles. I know the mud would probably not have existed if it wasn't for last weeks snow fall. This is my kinda run but not for everyone. First 8 miles downhill or flat but then steady climb to about 10-11 miles and then flat to the end. Great atmosphere although thought there would have been more runners, but with the rearranged date can understand reduced numbers. Will defiantly do this again :-) great way to spend Easter Sunday. Date of review: March 31, 2013
In short: Very tough due to the conditions, but a great route and well organised In full: Heavy snow caused the race to be postponed by one week to the bank holiday. This may have affected the turnout, so there was not a huge atmosphere at the start and end, but there was plenty of 80s music, and a good PA. A free but unmanned baggage drop was available.
There was still snow, mud, and ice in patches along the route, but road shoes were suitable for about 75% of the course. From mile 8 onwards, it was mostly uphill, so together with the mud and fallen trees, this made for a tough route.
Mile markers and direction pointers were either rare, or difficult to see. However, marshalling was excellent, with loads of encouragement, and warnings of specific bad terrain.
There was a great atmosphere on and around the Ironbridge itself, and I imagine it will have made for some excellent official photos.
The goody bag included a Boost, and great medal, a good cotton t-shirt, and water.
Overall, I've been a little harsh with my overall score, as I think if the weather was better, the course would have been in better condition, and there may have been a greater turnout adding to the atmos.
This was my first go at this race (and only my second half-marathon), and I look forward to trying it again in the future, and probably giving it a better overall score if weather permits!