In short: Worthy of your marathon bucket list In full: Andy and Chris have set the bar very high for others to follow with a first class course, excellent organisation and brilliant support from all of the marshals. Routinely voted the best marathon in the UK it's hard to argue with that title. If you want a big city road marathon there can't be a better choice. Also, a very nice touch for Chris and Andy to personally congratulate finishers of the marathon. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: First class race in all respects In full: The Marshallers, ATC cadets, supporters, Ines and all of the race officials were first class. From the start (with the offer of a very tempting bacon sarnie) to the very encouraging marshallers along the route with an almost endless supply of jelly babies, to the finish with a quality medal, tech t-shirt and the potential for more food, drink and good company, this was a first class race in all respects. Worthy of the plaudits and support of all runners. I shall return next year ~ Thanks Date of review: May 5, 2014
In short: Fast, flat, PB potential. Slick organisation and a varied rural route. In full: Flat as a flat thing! Definite PB potential. Very well organised with good support and excellent marshallers. I did hear a few pre-race grumbles about having to run through and up an underground walkway!?! Alright, any incline after 25 miles isn't the best but please people...I don't think you could find a flatter race if you tried. It did feel a little bit 'clubby' but don't be put off by all those club colours, they were all very friendly which helped make the atmosphere almost like one great big group run with a lot of mates. If you want an end of year PB then book a place...although be quick this one fills up quickly, and obviously so. Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: Awesome race. Well done Chris and Andy In full: A truly memorable race for all the right reasons. Organisation, Parking, Local support, Route, Marshallers and cadet force helpers, Medal, goody bag were all first rate. Definitely pb potential. An excellent advert for a lovely city. Well done Chester. Others sit up and take note! Date of review: October 11, 2011
In short: A thoroughly enjoyable race with hills, hills and more hills! In full: A hard slog made harder with a hangover. Note to self, just a medicinal half next time the night before a race. Despite my over-indulgance not much chance of a PB here but if you came to try and get one then I think you would be missing the point of this race. All runners seemed to grimmace at the thought of running back up the downhill sections in the latter stages of the race and yet there was still plenty of joking and banter about the challenge. The t-shirts quite rightly say 'I survived the Saltash Half Marathon'. It was a hilly course from start to finish but this seemed to highlight the banter and camaraderie between runners and marshallers. Whilst talking of the marshallers, absolutely first class with more encouragement in one race than I think I have ever received in all other races combined. And I got a free running tip about relaxing my shoulders-too tense apparently. ta muchly!
All of the above and a tech t-shirt all for £12! Bargain doesn't cover it. I would thoroughly recommend it to others.
In short: There is a reason that this race is on everyones to-do list. In full: A fantastic spectacle for both the supporter and participant. Everything from the bus convoy to the marshallers to the cheering spectators to the finish in the city centre is first class and extremely well organised. Having experienced both Edinburgh and Loch Ness I would recommend this over it's sibling in Edinburgh! The day itself had a little of everything: a wet, windy, cool start that blossomed into a gloriously sunny afternoon finish. That seemingly endless hill at mile 18 was a bit cheeky! My apologies to the young lady running next to me for the expletives when I first clapped eyes on the hill. It was a toughie after 18 undulating miles. You may not achieve a PB running Loch Ness but I guarantee that it will put a smile on your face from the moment you start to the moment you finish. Date of review: October 9, 2010
In short: Well organised, friendly marshallers, plenty of parking, reasonably priced. In full: A well organised race with helpful, friendly marshallers. Plenty of parking at the start (and toilets) made this a hassle-free start. The finish line was a short walk from the finish so again hassle-free to get back to the car. The route was mainly flat with a few hills scattered throughout the course. Certainly one for the calendar. Very enjoyable. Date of review: September 26, 2010