In short: Not the best - sort out the toilets! In full: Despite turning up in pleanty of time, I didn't want to risk missing the start so didn't wait in massive toilet que and ended up needing the loo before I even set off. Ended up starting so late that I could've well gone and was fuming!
Decided I'd have to wait until the half way toilets but didn't see any - did anyone else? Had to come off the route and queue for toilets in the Sefton Park cafe with loads of others but after 4 minutes with no one moving, I had to set off again. Ended up having to pee in the bushes in Otterspool park - something I never thought I'd have to do but needs must!
All the messing about left me really demoralised and even though I still managed a new PB, I know I could've done much better so ended up disappointed.
Having done a few other half marathons and loads of other races, I felt this one was a bit disorganised. Had to scramble over chains and fences and under guy ropes and all kinds to get there. No one knew where they were going - everyone was just milling round aimlessly. I know the routine with loo's and queing and faffing but this one was just too much.
And the end? Twenty minute wait to get large t-shirt (all that was left) and a "goody bag" containing a single loo roll - which - after the experience I'd had was a bit of an insult.
Not the greatest.
Lovely route though and definately a potential for a very fast run.
In short: Killer headwind but great sense of achievement at the end In full: First 5k into extraordinary headwind. Felt like crying - still, made the second half feel like a breeze! Didn't help that it was just along a flat unchanging landscape - was convinced that the pier just kept moving further away! Still - all of that can't be helped.
Adrian went to real trouble to fit us in at the very last minute and we were really grateful.
The marshalls were fab - especially having to stand there in that weather - they must have been freezing. The organisation and value for money were exceptional.
No PB this time, but definate potential. We'll be back to do it again.
In short: Loved it again :) In full: Did the GNR in 2009 to "celebrate" my 40th birthday. Miles 10 to 12 are murder for us plodders - could have slapped myself at times for putting myself through it again. And of course, when I fell over the finish line after two and a half hours I swore blind that I'd never do it again. But the GNR is like giving birth - painful and hard but OH so worth it and I just know I'll be back again next year.
PS There are no friendlier people in the country than the ones who turn out to support that race - just makes the whole thing. Date of review: September 24, 2010
In short: Challenging thanks to the weather! In full: My friend and I *loved* this race. First 10k for both of us and we managed to keep going right to the end despite the weather! Great atmosphere - felt like we were really making a difference for Cancer Research. We were towards the back and could see a stream of people ahead in the t-shirts - brought a lump to your throat! We're *so* proud of ourselves today - if you're reading this to see whether to run this race in the future, go for it! Date of review: September 25, 2006