In short: Fab support all the way round. Thank you Birmingham. In full: Yup there are things to improve - which mainly IMHO need to be directed to Birmingham Council (transport / rip off parking / poor signing on the way in etc). Forget all that though. How often do you get to run (well) behind the best in the world? Awesome support from the good people of Birmingham who came out in force and made a lot of very good natured (and appreciated) noise. Loved it - looking forward to next year! Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Brilliant! We will be back! In full: A memorable weekend, that we were privelidged to participate in. It was the first time for most of Team Triumph running off road, in the mud, in the dark, over 24 hours, in the pouring rain. Loved every minute of it! Getting 2nd in category was the icing on a briliant cake! We had all abilities in our team. The format gives back of the backers like myself a taste of getting on the podium. Thank you Patrick and team for an inspirational weekend. I will never forget watching the winning indivdual male cross the line at the end. We will be back with multiple Team Triumph combinations next year! Date of review: August 3, 2009
In short: Bravo Stratford! In full: The excellent stewarding, ehtusiastic support, the copious amount of water (even for those of us bringing up the rear)and the very welcome sponges were WELL worth the entry fee today for me! I can live without a goody bag stuffed full of leaflets. Top organisation - a pleasure to take part. See you next year Date of review: April 29, 2007
In short: Perfect! In full: View from the back....Thanks all involved for making a great event happen (again!). Highlight for me was seeing two ladies hugging each other at the top of the hill after 5km because they had made it up without stopping to walk! See you next time! Date of review: January 28, 2007
In short: PB by 10 minutes = a happy FatRat! In full: Shows how fickle I am I guess. Took 10 minutes off my PB so I can gloss over the well documented (and mainly accurate) negatives raised by the other reviews.
VFM? Poor. Crap medal, no goody bag (at least for those of us in the last 10% of finishers), no water at end. Poor organisation. One of our 'team', who incidentally travelled seperately down from Hinckley, Solihull & Oxford in the morning and all got in the car park OK - (AKA dare I say it get out of bed earlier(!)....) didnt even get a medal as they had run out. Really dissapointing for his first run. A race of this size in this superb location is crying out for top sponsorship and much better organisation. Still it is amazing what a PB does for your memory! I really hope to be able to improve on this in twelve months at a vastly improved Henley Half. Date of review: October 9, 2006
In short: Great day out in the wind. In full: The event had grown since 2005 - but extra numbers were well handled and caterered for by the super organised Newquay Road Runners. The hill on 2 miles doesnt get any easier but I was ready for it this year! Thanks to all connected with Newquay Road Runners. Great event (again) guys. See you in 07. Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: Heat 'n' hills - not a good combination..... In full: So,12 months down the line after my 10k debut at Lichefield, I returned to smash last years time. Leaving the well marshelled car park a few hours later the first question was what the **** went wrong? Nothing to do with the running of this excellent and highly recommended event. I could blame the heat and the hills but that would be the easy way out. Got to take a good look at the training, the diet and the expectations. Ho hum. For something that can give such a high, I felt miserably low leaving Lichefield - but as stated this is in no way a reflection of the organisation, value or atmosphere of this 10k. See you at the back next year! Date of review: September 15, 2006
In short: A view from the back..... In full: My first Half Marathon so difficult to compare (but a PB of course!). The only minor thing that let down an otherwise great day was after the finish. No obvious channeling, very disorganised and they had run out of T-shirts. Maybe I should have just run quicker!!
Thanks to the nice lady handing out wine gums around the 10 mile mark, to some top local support and a very well laid out course. See you next time. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Well worth braving the cold for. Well done Tamworth In full: Fantastic value. To the Mayor and Mayoress of Tamworth - you have restored some of my faith in local goverment. Top marks for being so visable, so charming and so cheerful - excellent.
For such superb organisation and a quite brilliant start and finish area, its a shame that the route couldn't give a better impression of the Town (speaking as an ex-Tammie!)Thought the burnt out car said it all -how about converting it to a drinks station next year?!
Well done everyone involved in the organisation and for offering great support on a freezing Sunday. Looking forward to 2007! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Oh how I hated that hill.... In full: Have to say the marshalling was absolutely 100% Thank you so much to the many people stood out in the cold for so long.
Hated the hill and being in the last 25% of the race choking on all the fumes from the traffic. Nearly cried when I saw that second hill after the drinks station at 5km. Thought the finishing momento was dissapointing - but certainly not enough to distract from an great morning out. (Awesome venue - have NFU got any jobs going?!) Date of review: January 22, 2006