In short: A huge improvement on last year and has real potential. In full: I thought this was a really good race, and it could become very special. Much improved on last year's race which was shocking. Still need to improve organization regarding the start, water and parking etc. Generally thought the show ground was a good choice as a venue. The course was tough, and on such a hot day, very challenging. It was fantastic to run through the town and the support was the best that I have ever experienced - simply fantastic. I will most definitely be back next year!
In short: A cracking race in a wonderful location In full: This is a really cracking race around the lovely town of Ellesmere - just beautiful. The organization is superb, fantastic marshmallows, great cakes and refreshments and the Lakelands School a great base. Well done the Oswestry Olympians. Bryan Dale' s photos are an added bonus. It would be hard to find a better race anywhere!
In short: Oh what a shame! In full: So looking forward to this, but absolutely shocking organization! Thankfully the people of Shrewsbury turned out in their droves and helped create a fantastic atmosphere, and I would really like to see an event on an annual basis. Mixing the half and full marathons on a very tight course was a real mistake. Need to decide what it is - I would suggest the town is better suited to a half marathon.
As a visually impaired runner the course was a nightmare. Trying to pass slower runners and those with ipods, totally oblivious to other runners was very challenging. Quite liked the course, but too tight for so many people.
Lets hope they get it right for next year. i do concur with all the other comments about water, chips, the start and finish - a real mess! Date of review: June 24, 2013
In short: A really good local race - no frills! In full: This is just a really good race! Excellent organisatio, fantastic marshalls, and good support all round the course! Nice to see that the entry money goes to the the St Michaels Hospice and is not wasted on needless goody bags. I would highly recomment this run and it is one of my favourite races!
In short: Fantastic organization and wonderful support. In full: This is a really, really good race. Fantastically well organized, putting many bigger races to shame! Lovely support all round the course and really friendly and supportive volunteers and marshalls. A really good venue for supporters and lovely cakes at the end. Well done to the Oswestry Olympians. Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: Really poor organization let down what could have been a very good race. In full: On the plus side I thought the marshalls were excellent and the support from spectators on the course really good and lively.
On the negative side the organization was poor. Delayed start on a cold morning not ideal. But this would have been helped by competitors arriving on time, we generally aim to arrive at least an hour before the start.
No mile markers between 5 and 10 - this is really basic! Poor finish along towpath - I was support running with a friend who is blind and this section was really difficult and unnecessary.
Poor facilities at the start and finish. Normally I would have brought our children, but I am so glad we didn't. A huge site with nothing for supporters.
This has the potential to be a really good race, but you need to look at how others organise their events - a good example would be Lake Vyrnwy which is fantastically well organised despite its very rural location.
Would like to do this again and hope next year is much better.
In short: Fantastic start to the New Year! In full: This is a really lovely race. Very friendly with excellent organisation and cheerful marshalls. Good start location and lovely quiet country roads to run on. Perfect! A big WELL DONE to the Wye Valley Runners. Date of review: January 3, 2012
In short: A good local race, welcoming and supportive In full: A thoroughly good local race, very welcoming and supportive. Gently undulating rather than hilly and quite a fast course. Lots of cheerful support all the way round. Traffic not really an issue if you are used to running on country roads - drivers generally patient and supportive. Had a really good day and will be back. Also great for my family to come along and support - good venue. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Hard, very muddy, but a bloody good race. In full: This is a must do race. A tough half in glorious surroundings. We definately be back next year. Some of us don't need a momento to travel for an excellent race. Well done to Amazing Feet - great welcome and good organization. Date of review: July 18, 2008