In short: Great commitment from all concerned makes this a brilliant race. In full: The club organisers and marshals make this race what it is, they just do not stop. From Delia and Marco dishing out the hot pot and tea to Tom Potson announcing every runner from first to last as they ran into the stadium, they make a rather humdrum course through a housing estate, main road, farmyard and park a race to remember. The finish gantry didn't blow down and there was no delay handing out numbers :)
In short: A great race that gets better every year. In full: This is a fantastic event to take part in, Conwy and Llandudno are beautiful places and the route really shows them off well. I've done this race nearly every year since 2009 and it has got bigger and better each time.
Other people have mentioned the water...it is not great tbh, shallow pots with a foil lid, just doesn't work, never has never will, at the first water station the guys were trying to puncture the lids for the runners but later on, trying to peel back a foil on a shallow pot, on the run, not ideal.
The other point is the difference between committed volunteer marshalls and paid security staff...groups of two or three guys huddling together ignoring the runners isn't good. In a race I want clear directions from the marshalls, it's what I do for nothing when I am marshalling, if you're getting paid, you could make an effort. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: I haven't seen this many people in Eastgate Street for years. In full: Really enjoyed the finish and the atmosphere in town afterwards. I didn't mind the walk back to the racecourse for my bag, it was very pleasant and I had a massage when I got there. Great idea to fence off St Werburgh St for runners. No goody bag? Fine by me, a choice of Mars bar or Haribo and plenty of water after the finish was quite sufficient. I loved the "old" race, but it was time to move on, and it's been done very very well.
In short: The Orme! In full: The course makes this race, it's a beautiful route, even takes your mind off the long long climb of the Orme.
No queues for t shirts or medals this year, big improvement. My only gripe was spectators being allowed to stand just behind the finish line, very difficult for exhausted runners. A proper finish funnel would be the next improvement, perhaps incorporating a one way system to take people leaving the race off the quayside so they aren't walking through the finishers? Date of review: November 20, 2011
In short: Last year was great, this was just brilliant! In full: A brilliantly organised experience, the facilities on the racecourse fully utilised to make it easy for everyone to have a great day. The start was pretty smooth, a mixture of good support on the course and a few quieter sections where you knew you were in a tough race. The final section along the river and into the racecourse was great, but the run in to the finish line was a real buzz. The organisers really pulled in a lot of groups and clubs to provide support, Tattenhall Runners operated the best water/motivation station I've ever seen, and you have to hand it to the MBNA staff who were helping out, facing an uncertain future they were totally professional. A lot of races fall apart after the finish, but polite pro active crew directed runners to where they needed to be so there was no wandering around or queuing for ages for a shirt or goody bag. I really didn't want to come home!
In short: You don't have to do a big-city marathon to get that winning feeling... In full: It was clear from soon after the race was announced that the organisers were serious about putting on a professional race, and they succeeded. I got the impression that they understood what runners want out of a race in terms of the whole experience and delivered it on the day. If they were to run this in April, I would have to think very hard about whether I did London or this one. Date of review: June 2, 2010
In short: Big improvement on the old 3 miles out and turn round a cone route In full: glorious weather, a lovely route, easy parking and good facilities. Liked the walk to and from the start. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Good enough for a first time running of the race; needs to improve In full: If they get all the things mentioned in the other reviews right, this race could become a classic. Perhaps don't run it on remembrance Sunday next time, that couldn't have helped the congestion in the town. An earlier start might help too. Date of review: November 8, 2009