In short: Flat, fun, well organised. In full: Interesting idea to do a one-off race on a bypass before it opens. Dull scenery, but still fun. Minor hills that weren't really hills at all, so I'd class as a PB course. Plenty of slow people too! Well organised. Mug memento. Celebrity guest from Coronation Street. Date of review: October 26, 2010
In short: Tough, but fab little race. In full: Friendly organisers & great marshals. In fact, never seen such enthusiastic marshals, despite the fact they were standing in the rain! Tough, muddy, slippy race in places. But a great course. Quite odd running through a leek field! The smell was lovely....Made me want to pull a few up & make a salad! Nice pub venue for prize giving. Unusual cartoon memento. Would the numpties that kept running through the finish line 2 & 3 times, please not do that again! You were experienced runners too. Highly likely the last 50 will get the wrong time because of you.....grrrr.... Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: Lovely course, well organised. In full: Shame this wasn't better attended. A nice route on country lanes with lots of friendly marshals. Results printed out in minutes. Slightly undulating, but I still got a PB by 2 mins 16! Only fast runners turned up though. No bimblers..... Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: Small field, hilly, friendly marshals, great views. In full: A small race with mainly club runners. But the tail enders (ME!) were well looked after by great marshals & a sweep car. Fantastic views. A hilly race, but not TOO bad! Some good downhill bits! Most people seemed to be at least 10 mins over their PB because of the hills, but I was only 3 mins over, so was pleased with how I did. Well organised & friendly organisers. Pants medal though! For a HM you really want something a bit bigger! No goody bag. But a great race. Not really a first timers HM though, unless you are ninja on hills! Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Scenic course, fairly hilly, good organisation. In full: A nice course on country lanes. Hilly for about the first 6k, but not steep hills. Just a gradual undulation. Free entry to show is great. The show is fun, with loads of animals to look at, & good homemade food in the food halls. Lots of nice things to buy from the craft stalls. Good organisation. Good marshaling. One to make a whole day of. (I now have about 700 photos of pedigree chickens on my camera!!) Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Flat, dull course but good organisation. In full: Not exactly scenic! But the natives were friendly. A few locals out cheering. Hard doing 2 laps for the marathon as the course is quite boring. Lots of water stations & bottled water. Friendly marshals. (My only gripe that they took them in before the last people had finished.) Good organisation. Wendy in the office very helpful deferring entries. Good value as chip timed. Nice commentry as you finished. Medal ok, though identical to last year. Date not on medal, just ribbon. T-shirt & goody bag too. Good race overall. Date of review: September 10, 2010
In short: Flat, windy, severe lack of water stations. In full: Without the gale force winds, def a PB course. Nice route, mainly by the sea. Though not sure the section around 6 - 9 miles is a great choice of route as it's always windy in Fleetwood, & the sandblasting was quite bad, meaning we had to run with our eyes shut for ages.
Absolutely criminal lack of water stations. The one at 21 miles was removed towards the end, meaning those of us coming in close to 6 hours & over had NO WATER from 16 miles onwards. I was severely dehydrated & feeling very ill until a St John's fella went on a mission to find me a bottle of water. He was my saviour!
Water in plastic cups stupid idea for a marathon anyway, especially in high winds. Water in bottles stored in bins would have made much more sense in high winds.
No t-shirts left for me when I was a pre entry.(These are apparently being posted on, like when they ran out at the GNW HM)
£22 for a rather tacky cheap looking medal, & no t-shirt or goody bag poor value.
Shoestring races are normally fantastic. SRH aren't, though they have improved a lot recently. This felt very much like an SRH race to me, even though Shoestring had taken over as organiser.
I was elated to have run it all, & not be last, & it was lovely that the last few of us had a personal escort by the first aid people on bikes. It really helped having some company for the last couple of miles.
Small field, & no crowds of cheering spectators! Just head down, & on with the lonely personal battle! Date of review: September 1, 2010
In short: Incredible views. Tough race. In full: One of the most scenic races I've ever done. The view round the Great Orme is beautiful. Tough race. A lot of it up hill. Very small field. Everyone but me a serious club runner. Very friendly marshals. Very annoyed however that I was told the start of the race was 12.30 when it was 12. I wasn't able to warm up which was a nightmare, as I'm injured & really needed that half hour to stretch. Several others totally missed the start as they too had been told 12.30. Non-existant race advertised on here at 11am, which continued to be advertised even when organiser said this second race was a misprint. Bit of a naff goody bag, with only water & a pen. Medal not great either, as no name of the race on or distance. Date of review: August 25, 2010
In short: Tough race, great views In full: A hard race with lots of hills, but lovely scenery. Lots of marshals. Fun t-shirt. The start was difficult to find, & was about a mile away, & not even the marshals knew where it was! Had to rely on people who'd done it before to show us. Mainly club runners, so not many of us bimblers!! Good we got free tickets for the otherwise quite expensive car park. Date of review: August 9, 2010