In short: An epic adventure the weather couldn't spoil In full: The best race of the year bar none. Credit to supporters and volunteers who endured the harsh weather conditions to make this race well worth waiting months for and training 1000 miles for. I am definitely coming back for more next year. Thanks to all the organisers. Date of review: November 21, 2008
In short: Glorious & Improved In full: Last year runners moaned about toilets, the finish area, baggage, mile markers & grasscrete.
This year Jean Summerhayes et al delivered in spectacular fashion. The toilets were plentiful, the baggage quick & efficient, the finish area awesome.
Shame about the grasscrete - could we have that plastic stuff on the grasscrete Jean?
Also, mile markers were not easy to spot. No problem for Garmin runners like me but a problem for those without. Marker number 4 was not in the right place, it caused quite a few of us 1.30 hopefuls to think we were behind pace & run too fast until marker #5.
I know it's worth criticising this race constructively as the organisers respond by taking action. It was never going to be easy for them to put on a decent race this year with ABP building on The Barrage but this race was the highlight of my year so far.
This race was an absolute joy and it's worthwhile making the annual trip down from Manchester. I love the atmosphere generated by supporters & the commitment of the marshals all of whom make it special.
This race has room for improvement but responds well to constructive feedback & is heading in the right direction to be the best half marathon in The UK. Yes, it will be better than the Great North Run one day. Date of review: October 19, 2008
In short: A nice 2 lap run with a couple of undulations In full: Enjoyable race. Only spotted one mile marker, it said, "4 miles kilometres" - other than that it was well worth turning up for. Date of review: August 25, 2008
In short: It should have been rubbish - but was a great race! In full: Why should this run have been rubbish? 12 months after last years event, the roundabout by Tesco is still not finished. It was extremely humid and then the heavens opened with great vengeance and furious anger about 15 mins into the race. This run should have been a right mess.
A massive well done to the Rochdale crew for organising another brilliant 10k. Well marshalled well organised, great start and finish, all the facilities you need, and a nice momento. Some folk moan about the socks. What do they want? Another T shirt?!?!? We all needed the socks tonight as our feet were soaked. Well done Rochdale - fantastic yet again! Date of review: July 1, 2008
In short: A "Class A" Half for all abilities! In full: It should have been a disaster - 40mph winds blew the number transfer tent down, the portaloos were also threatened by the wind and rain looked possible.
It was amazing - support was fantastic - even on the far reaches of the course, lovely scenery, a decent, fast course, clockwork organisation, well manned and well managed water stations (sponges AND cups)...
Even Garmin pedants have nothing to moan about - my Garmin bleeped within centimetres of me crossing the line.
An original and useful momento (a holdall - I can use it to store all my unwanted momento T shirts in) was the icing on the cake.
The only drawback - there were no forms available for next years race.
Many thanks to Brian Porter et al for a fantastic race! Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Fantastic course for PB, why have an expo... In full: A great course, well supported and marshalled. Great idea having the majority of the last 7 miles downhill. Excellent finishing venue.
Some parts of the course were too stony though.
PLEASE POST NUMBERS OUT! Having to endure traffic to go to the Expo was a massive inconvenience not just for me but for my friends - all of whom wanted to spend money on tourism! Having said that I needed that SIS gel belt. Date of review: May 27, 2008
In short: Beautiful, exciting, challenging, great marshals In full: I spoke to the organiser yesterday to make sure my entry was in. he said, "If the weather is anything like it is today, this will be a great run". The weather delivered and it was a special run.
The surface was hard and icy but with such informative and dedicated marshals, any sensible runner will not get hurt. This is one of those races where iPods / MP3s need to be left at home as what the marshals say can save you a big injury. This was a fantastic course, well organised and had a great atmosphere. Date of review: February 17, 2008
In short: Spectacular, exciting, challenging, glorious, inspirational. In full: I heard this was spectacular but it exceeded my expectations. The runners jogging on the promenade to the start, music at the start, the deep silence as you first run up The Great Orme thinking, "this is gonna hurt", the inspirational scenery, the tremendous support of the marshals, the clockwork organisation, the atmosphere at the start and finish and the warm Welsh welcome make this my favourite race so far. I also got a new 10k PB and did my 100th mile of 2008 on this course, so today will always be a special day when I look back. One day I'll run without a stop watch just for the sheer pleasure of this run. Only minor niggles - bottleneck just after the start and please use chip timing - I'll pay extra for it! Date of review: February 10, 2008