In short: Worth spending a weekend... Breathtaking scenery and what weather!! In full: As close to flat as races come, a nice 1st mile uphill just to get the legs in and then very very gentle undulations all the way around in really quite special surroundings (although to me it felt like flat to down all the way) Finishing with a down hill mile that enables a good kick to the sound of a roaring crowd as you cross the finish... okay so the high twenties heat must have got to me a little!!
Although I didn't train for this run and was happy to complete it, I'd say a PB on this course is almost cheating!!
The organisation was fantastic and puts many of the city halfs such as bristol and bath to shame; The Great North Run (amazing atmosphere, mediocre run and dismal logistics) team could learn alot from the Oswestry Olympians.
My only critisism, and it's tiny really is; come on guys what were you thinking with those chaff-tastic socks in the goody bag... I think a little bottle of water / sports drink and a banana or cereal bar would have been more handy... I'd have even paid a few quid more to include them. Which reminds me, at just over a tenner this race is also a good old fashioned bargain!!
Well done to the team. I look forward to a return next year. Date of review: September 12, 2006
In short: Ran the GNR last year... This was much much better!! In full: Chip timing and perfect weather made for a good (and not overly rushed/congested) start and the support from the crowd and marshalls created an atmosphere that resulted in a great mornings run...
Plus helping my mom keep going to achieve a new personal best made it a race to remember.
Thanks to all the marshalls and race organisers Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: A little hot again this year but the crowd pulled me through... In full: Fantastic event!!
This year was my second FLM (previously ran in 2003) and I was really hoping for a little more cool breeze or drizzle given the forecast before the weekend.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be, and I think the heat played its part in my almost clockwork 10min miles falling apart at about mile 16/17.
However, this was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. When I realised that I wasn't going to make my 4:20 target time I eased back and felt comfortable it getting round under 5:00. I decided to run walk the later stages and found myself smiling almost all of the way in, especially after a 50m 'sprint' to the finish to ensure that i was under the 5hrs. The crowd were fantanstic, I just couldn't believe that so many people would stay around to watch the 5hr runners coming home!!
I finished in 4:58:43 and felt great, if a little emotional.
I'm already looking forward to next year, and my first outing to the snowdonia race in oct this year! Date of review: April 19, 2005