In short: Tough , hilly and rather lonely. In full: It's difficult to know how to rate this event. Firstly it was superbly ran by very friendly and encouraging people. There was great water stops with ample isotonic drinks available. Fantastic scenery and There were friendly encouraging marshals too, so why would I not do it again? Well firstly it's a tough mother, the hills were quite severe and the roads used to run on we're mainly quiet but not closed. There was however some sections on more busy roads that I would choose to normally run on. Especially towards the end when your really tired and weary and motorbikes are scaring you to death. Then there are cars getting way to close, one weary step and you could find yourself in trouble IMO there were nowhere near enough warning signs for the cars to say a marathon was taking place. Then there is the support, or should I say lack of it. Such a tough mara needs people to give you a clap and a cheer, they were few and far between if not completely absent. I enjoyed the challenge of the race I really did, and the organisers have obviously worked very hard but it was a very very small field for a "city" marathon with only about 120 runners. The medal was nice as was the t shirts, sadly though my two club colleagues got a different one to me? It would be so nice if the council properly back a Lancaster marathon and allowed it to run at least a bit around the city itself as its such a lovely place and would command much more support. Date of review: July 1, 2013
In short: Awesome race, great organisation, great scenery and a medal that's gorgeous. In full: Done this as my 4th Marathon distance race in 7 weeks. Was very worried having read the reviews about the hills and how tough this would be... However this is a great race, tough for a beginner but a big field makes it doable. It's such a beautiful race, stunning scenery throughout, one word of caution is that the roads are not completely closed, after about 8 miles your on quite narrow roads with traffic. Of course this is fine if drivers give you the respect you deserve. Most drivers were immense but as usual it only takes one, and one got so close to me I felt the wind, just a small point though and it didn't detract from a fantastic day. The medal is a slate medal very large, and gorgeous, I'm really really impressed by this medal and I have a few. Possibly my all time fav Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Well organised, great people, 105 water stops family at every lap and I needed a crane to pick up the goody bag it was that big In full: Sandbach striders have a logo that says they are no ordinary running club, boy are they right. This race was something else , only fools would do this, so a good job we are running fools. The surface is quite soft and spongy so great for running long distances. The support at this event from the mc and the crowd was something else, especially the two ladies that walked to the other side of the track to shout up. Watching people finish and overtake you is well bizarre.... Would I do it again? Probably not but not because its a bad race, it's just a tough race... But if you want a flat marathon that's as tough as a hilly one get your entry in. I promise you this will sell out and sell out quickly Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Superbly organised, great friendly race at a fantastic price. In full: great race this one. I belong to another local club and have to say that this was well worth turning out for and Im pleased many in our club thought so too. The race mixes cross country ability with a bit of road running, some trail running and style hopping. The race was pretty damm muddy but hey ho, that's what its all about. The marshalls were really supporting with a good shout whenever you see one. Some chose to run in costumes and would I of known I would of added to that as it gave it a good feel. Well done SCH, great race at great value, £1 a mile? cant run a car for that these days ;-) Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: great fun race- well organised as per normal -hilly in places but not too challenging In full: great event this one -well worth the money and really friendly - great Marshals and in wonderful cheshire- thank you Congleton Harriers Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Hard as nails for a road runner but great race. In full: Really enjoyed this race. Tough cookie though, but as said great area to run in, really loved it even though it was so tough. Great Value race a massive thank you to all who made it possible, but could you turn down the heat next year I was sweating. Date of review: August 19, 2012
In short: Hard as nails, full on head wind, water crossing, phew ,tough tough tough In full: If you want a challenge then this is it. I reckon this was harder than a marathon. Mainly due to the head wind, boy it was windy, then rain that stung you as you ran, then, river crossings that literally just sapped the last bit of energy out of you.
A unique experience that I would probably not do again. As close to a desert race as many of us will do.
Im a 1-50 HM runner and this took me 2-21
Only real critism is that there was a lack of toilet facilities a the start, meaning I abandoned that hope and set off. Of course, there are no hedges to jump behind here neither. Date of review: August 14, 2012
In short: Superb organisation, superb support and great route. In full: Can not say anything else really. Superb in every way accept my disapointing time. Very challenging last mile for sure to burst your lungs Date of review: May 14, 2012