In short: Very friendly, well organized, well-supported event In full: Slightly disappointed that there wasn't a t-shirt in the goody bag at the end, but the memento was very handsome! Marshalls and spectators alike were very encouraging; it's great that this is such a community event. Re; parking - I think the marshalls on the car parks were doing the best they possibly could. The fact that the rugby club exits on to a residential road which in turn exits on to a single carriageway 'A' road is probably more likely the cause of the delays - I can't see what the race organizers can do about that! Traffic in that area is always a problem. Add four thousand runners or so in to the equation and it's not going to get any better. As well as being advised to arrive early, perhaps runners should also be forewarned that there will be delays getting out. All in all, though, a great race. Date of review: April 3, 2009
In short: A very basic race indeed In full: This relates to the 2007 race (not actually advertised on RW) - it's a shame that previous years' comments clearly haven't been listened to. From the race collection point being situated miles from the city centre, hard to get to by public transport on a Sunday, to the 'kit bags' (plastic carriers with no drawstring), to the absence of marshalls, to the lack of energy drinks (too late on in the race to be of use) to the bag of crisps and bottle of water at the finish line, this is really poor for a "big" city marathon. It felt like everything was done on the cheap.
The emphasis is much more on the relay race with the marathoners seemingly the forgotten few (and I mean few). What's the point in starting the competitors in wheelchairs only 30 seconds before everyone else? And why not have the relay runners, fun runners and walkers behind the marathon competitors?
The Belfast course is 1/8th bypass and motorway, 4/8ths uphill, 1/8th downhill, steeply (!), 1/8th industrial estate, and 1/8th city centre. So neither easy on the eye nor the legs! Glad it's over in more ways than one. The best thing about it was the spectators, and I don't think the organisers can take credit for them. Date of review: May 9, 2007
In short: Although an undulating, unpretty, urban course with lots of roads to cross, this race is made worthwhile by the organization, and the friendliness and encouragement of marshalls and locals. Date of review: September 25, 2006