In short: Good challenge, great course, scenery, support and goody bag In full: The course is multi terrain so choose your trainers carefully. I wore road trainers and these were not up to the job really. Felt it in the Achilles and calf areas.
The course was very picturesque, a good quiet route. Support was plentiful in areas dotted around the course. Good starting area at the town park, as it gives spectators the opportunity to wave people off and take kids on to the play areas or go shopping if they so desire.
Very impressed with the goody bag for the price. Other half marathons only offer a t-shirt and get all defensive about cost of medals. Everyone loves a medal! Good quality technical t-shirt, medal and snood(?) given along with bag of sweets and excellent flapjack - very impressed. Also, other half marathons have stated that bottled water is too costly when we had this at all stations. Good work.
It is a challenging course, as I haven't done multi terrain before, but is accessible to first timers. Did feel a bit clubby, as there seemed to be a vast amount of club runners out of the 600 or so runners.
Not many things I can say for improvements to be honest. A few more portaloos would be handy in the park to save public urination and having a slightly more organised start with people lined up in their predicted finish times would be useful. In addition to the latter, I would advise releasing each group 30 seconds apart from each other, as the first mile seemed rather narrow and impossible to pass the slower runners.
Great event, well organised, would recommend for a day out for all the family for shopping, sightseeing or playing as well as supporting the run. Date of review: April 20, 2015
In short: A really welcome discovery, a hidden gem In full: Fantastic race in an area unknown to many runners. Very friendly, great local support, a lovely route along the river and mud with some chunky hills for good measure. Brilliantly organised and really easy to get to. Telford harriers did themselves proud and a great running shirt in your goody bag. I couldn't Praise it enough, well done everyone, one of my all time favourites.. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Superbly organised In full: Second time of running, this race ticks all the boxes. A really nice route, lots of different challenges and excellent marshalling throughout. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Excellent Marshall's In full: First 6/7 miles of this course are quick and down hill, you then run over the historic Ironbridge. After that there's a it of a killer hill then on to Rough Park which was very muddy and hard going this year. Easy run from there back to Telford Town Park. There is little crowd support enroute but the Marshall's make up for this. You can tell they are mostly runners as they know just what encouragement you need. My fourth year and I will be back! Date of review: April 6, 2014
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