In short: tough half marathon In full: As half-marathons go, this was challenging, with the difficuly bit being the climb for a few miles on the way back up from Bailiff Bridge to cross over the M62. Views were good though once at the top looking out towards the Pennines.
Organisation was good, and I enjoyed the reading out of runner's names as they got to the finish line. Will definately try and do it again next year. Date of review: April 10, 2007
In short: fast, flat, and well organised In full: First time at this one, my local race as only a mile away from where I live. As others have said, the start wasn't the best with less than a minute between the lining up on the road and the actual start. Surely the council/police could reasonably close the road for 5 minutes to allow us to have a less hurried start?
As for the course, it was a very fast 2 lap run, and more enjoyable for me as I got a new pb. The marshals seemed well organised, and from what I saw, local motorists well behaved. I must admit I thought the half-way water station was fairly pointless, it's only 10k after all, but I guess some found it useful.
Reasonable slate coaster momento. Nice sunny weather. I will definately do this one again. After having to put up with the palava that is the GNR every year, it's great to do a good local race.
In short: beautful scenery to keep you going In full: This was my first time at the Coniston 14, and I am glad I did it. The weather was wonderful with blue sky and a nice cold wind to keep you cool. The course was undulating, wih one or two slightly challenging hills towards the end.
Will definatley do this one again next year. Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Hot, Hot, Hot In full: First time at this one. Flat course with only a few small hills. SHould be a definate pb course.
Was a shame about the heat on Sunday which really sapped my strength. Unfortunetly there are no trees on the route to provide any shade. I struggled from around 5 miles and managed to get to the end, but 13 minutes slower than my normal 10 mile time. The organisers provided plenty of water though.
Well organised scenic 10 mile race. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: If it wasn't a flat pb course, would anyone bother? In full: The good points for this race are that it is flat and fast. Also, as my "home" 10K it is easy for me to get to.
However, now the bad points!
Why did they change the start from last year to a narrower road? Why did they change the finish so it was so chaotic? Please sort these things out - it is not difficult to do it well. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic scenery and a great 10K In full: This was my first time at the 10K, and I am hooked. Somehow the driving snow/sleet made it even more enjoyable. Wonderful scenery and a fast course - managed to set a new pb by over a minute.
This race is certainly on my calendar for next year. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Still the best race for atmosphere In full: This is my 3rd time at the GNR, and certainly my most enjoyable. Crowds were great all the way along the route and kept me going. Like everyone else I think the start should be made more organised (possibly using a wave start?). Fortunately I got a good spot in the start line - the only way is to line-up early as in 9am otherwise you will get stuck behind the fun runners/walkers. Was warm but I didn't find the heat oppresive.
Definately will be doing the GNR again. For all it's faults, it is a great race. Date of review: November 1, 2005