Conwy Half Marathon

Best Half of the Year

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21/09/2012 at 08:29

Thought I'd get a thread started for this race, which has to be the best half of the year.  Loved this race last year despite very very warm temperatures and a sandy finish.  Apart from the congested start, which not much can be done to sort, can't think of anything to imrpove it.  Be interested to see how many Chester marathoners are doing it.

Edited: 08/10/2012 at 13:36
23/10/2012 at 22:19

I really enjoyed Conwy last year, hoping for another great day there.

 

I'm a Chester marathoner... (but not a fast one!!! ).

23/10/2012 at 22:22
Yay ,me too Richard, great wasn't it. ?
23/10/2012 at 23:12
I'm another ex Chester runner who'll be there. Having mixed feelings about running up the Great Orme.
24/10/2012 at 06:57
Gaz, done Conwy past 2 years, best half of year. Orme is at mile 6 for about a mile maybe bit more but then brilliant downhill. Got pb there. Awesome run
24/10/2012 at 08:37

IM doing the Conwy half , and it is my first one I will have done , really looking forward to it, just hope the weather isnt bad and running up the Orme isnt too bad either

24/10/2012 at 09:13
It's a gradual climb, not steep, take a gel at about mile 4, kick on on the hill
24/10/2012 at 11:42

I'm doing Conwy for the first time this year (actually first ever half) and was very worried when I saw the course profile the other day. You reckon it can still be a pb course despite the climb then John? Seems pretty steep

24/10/2012 at 12:53

Not going to say its not tough, as it is, but it is one hill, and then the downhill on the other side is very very fast which may comepensate for it.  If its your 1st half, think of it this way, you are guaranteed a PB ! ! ! 

Scenary alone is worth it, and the atmosphere is fantastic.  Great course

24/10/2012 at 22:39

Yes, Chester was brilliant - so well organised, great route and spectators!

I enjoyed Conwy last year, the Orme is hard... but hitting that downhill bit feels great!!!

13/11/2012 at 22:03

Bumping this as race is on Sunday! 

13/11/2012 at 23:12

Time to start the hill training then.

14/11/2012 at 14:13

looking forward to Sunday, even the weather is looking good at the mo

15/11/2012 at 10:58

There's still time Gaz... You've 3 days.   

Colin, I checked weather last night, BBC weather said sunny with 16mph wind.  Metcheck has heavy rain! 

18/11/2012 at 17:39

Just done it. Absolutely fantastic course and perfect weather for running too. Only gripe was the slightly odd medal / t-shirt collection arrangement which led to a 20 minute queue whilst getting colder and colder. Not sure what's wrong with the "handing it to you after you cross the line arrangement" that seems to work fine at every other event I've taken part in. Basically a flat course with one notable exception - the uphill section of the Great Orme which is pretty gruelling and climbs steeply for at least two miles out of Llandudno. That said, you could watch dolphins (porpoises?) as you sweated your way up the hill and there aren't many races that you could say that about. I'd definitely recommend it though and will be back next year.

18/11/2012 at 18:44

Great race today, helped by the weather and taking the road rather than the cycle path to Deganwy, which could have been a real bottleneck given the increased numbers at the event.

Parking was problematic and a little amusing (after the fact) when a line of cars were told to go next right, which took us in to the fire station!  

Agree with Limpalong re queuing.  Long queue to pick up number (l'll get there earlier than 10:30 next year) and then longer queue for medal/T shirt at end, which isn't rocket science to put right. Will need to if numbers continue to rise.

However, despite a few niggles a great race.

18/11/2012 at 19:32

I really enjoyed the race, got a big PB but the Great Orme was a killer. Twice I thought I'd reached the top point in the course only to turn a corner and be faced with another bloody big hill!

I got there at 11 ish and picked my number up within a few minutes and walked straight through at the end to get my medal and T shirt. Just got lucky I guess!

18/11/2012 at 21:31

great event today, well done to the Run Wales team, perfect weather, now realise why they called the Great Orme great.  Medal and T shirt collection was a pain but mainly because I was knackered by that stage.  Number collection worked well for me as I arrived in plenty of time.  Chocolate digestive biscuits were a masterstroke.

 

18/11/2012 at 21:34
What would people think about collecting medal and tshirt before race and putting in baggage ? May solve the post race wait
18/11/2012 at 22:01

at Chester half you can collect T shirt pre race, works well

 

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