In short: magnificent scenery and nice challenging run In full: this was my fifth marathon event in seven weeks and I certainly felt it today. However,this was a really well organised event. Despite my wear and tear I did enjoy it. The route goes through some absolutely beautiful areas. The course is quick and had a good amount of uphill and downhill. Nice quirky t-shirt and a race I would definetely run again Date of review: October 31, 2010
In short: shambolic start,too many people running at walking pace with ipods on In full: This race has such great potential.However,until the organisers sort out the problems the numbers should be limited to a sensible 5 or 6 thousand. Getting into a start pen was a nightmare as supporters so densely lined the route it encouraged people to start from the wrong pen. Please next year stand the supporters well back from the start! Also why no speaker system to help organise things. This was my 12th marathon this year and the congestion with volume of runners and people who obviously started from the wrong pen for the first three miles was awful.Trying to achieve a PB when you have a group of ipod plodders hogging the middle of the road was so frustrating.That said, the marshalling on the course was great as was the local support and atmosphere. The course with the exception of the last two and half miles is fast. I had no problems at the finish and an excellant medal and goody bag. Please Birmingham organisers listen to the comments on here and you will have one of the best half marathons in the country. Maybe look at a full marathon as well Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: challenging run lovely bridge In full: very good race,though less well attended than the Kilomathon derby,but still a good course (certainly not flat as described. I enjoyed the bridge and starting and finishing at the same point. Only slight negative points were the awful hill around mile 11ish and as I would have liked a medal different from the first Kilomathon. Looking forward to Wales and London.
very sad to hear of the death of a fellow runner condolences to family and friends Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: wonderful challenging race In full: 2nd time I have done this event and loved it as much as the first. Great organisation and a lovely non big city feel to it. Great organisation and plentiful support and water stations. Very undulating course,but the hills up did not go on to long and the downhills were great. sad to see a few people collapse just at the end before entering the last 400m. Lovely quality t-shirt(though I do love a medal can even be a bottle top on a piece of string)One of the best halfs I have done this year and does not need to be altered (love the course). Look forward to next year and another PB Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: nice fast course In full: excellant race. The scenery isn't the greatest but the organisation was spot on and the course was nice and fast. Graet meadal and tshirt and nice goody back (especially the shortbread). One or two hills but nothing to challenging Date of review: September 6, 2010
In short: challenging run on some wacky surfaces In full: Having run a fair few half's on road I found this tough.There was some lovely scenery, but running through forest paths you seemed to miss a lot. The terrain was tough and avoiding tripping and falling over was a challenge in parts.
positives lovely area and challenging run.Good to have sports drinks on one of the stands
negatives I did not feel it was that easy to find. There were not enough people giving out water,had to stop while they poured.No goody bag Date of review: August 1, 2010
In short: flat challenging race over bumpy surface In full: An excellant and novel race on a generally flat course ran over at times bumpy surface. I enjoyed the start which felt a bit like parachuting out of a plane as we dashed out of the door at the start. I forgot to turn off auto pause on my garmin so the last mile felt like a mile and a half. I will certainly do this again next year Date of review: July 6, 2010
In short: hot and humid! but great run In full: ran this one last year in perfect running conditions,what a change this year. Very hot and humid,not sun hot like Coventry,but like being a baked potatoes in trainers!
good organisation and reasonable atmosphere a bit low key compared to last year. The high humidity made this a challenging run,with no really massive hills it was good undulating course.
nice to see Mick n Phil back in action
will be back next year Date of review: June 6, 2010
In short: hot and hilly In full: I was pleasantly surprised with this race as expected little in the way of scenery. I was wrong and race went through some nice areas. I thought other than the congested start the organisation was spot on
The support from the locals was great and the hoses and water guns a god send! will be back in 2011
organisers could we have some tshirts for 2011 please Date of review: May 30, 2010
In short: challenging andworthwhile In full: Ths was my first marathon and I struggled to make the start line due to achilles tendontis. I must thank my physio Catherine adams. This was a challenging run in hot conditions. However,it was a good run and well organised. I must also thank Andy(16 marathons) who kept me going when times were tough and gave we welcome advice that enabled me to to finish in 4.13
will have another crack when I can train properly for this one Date of review: April 25, 2010