Best Half of the Year
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.
I really enjoyed Conwy last year, hoping for another great day there.
I'm a Chester marathoner... (but not a fast one!!! ).
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
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
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
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!!!
Bumping this as race is on Sunday!
Time to start the hill training then.
looking forward to Sunday, even the weather is looking good at the mo
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
at Chester half you can collect T shirt pre race, works well
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