In short: Fantastic event In full: My first Wilmslow Half and I was very surprised at how friendly it was having been put off by the website and the race handbook. Great stewards and supporters en-route. Chip timing with text confirmation shortly after finishing was a bonus. Water in sports bottles would be better at the water stations as it's nearly impossible to run and drink out of plastic cups without spilling most of it which left me dehydrated by the end. This situation was worsened by no isotonic drinks being available by the time I finished. Good quality t-shirt and memento. All in all a great race. I'll be back next year! Date of review: April 6, 2009
In short: In short - A fantastic race! In full: My first GNR and first half marathon. Having only started running in February this year and 10k races being the longest distances I'd ever entered..... Until yesterday! I loved every minute of it!
Bit disappointed with the job's worth who closed the orange entry point at 10:29 for health and safety reasons whilst the fences were raised by other runners and spectators to allow runners to crawl into the pen.... surely this was much more of a health and safety hazard!?! Pretty shocked to see men relieving themselves through the fence.... onto where supporters were standing waiting to see their friends and loved ones off.... Disgusting!
Apart from that, an amazing day. Great support the whole distance of the route, locals out with hose pipes / oranges / ice pops - true north eastern hospitality at it's best, plenty of water stops / lucozade stops, st johns ambulance on hand with vaseline and plasters if needed.
Particular highlights for me were the Red Arrows just as I came over the Tyne Bridge and again just as I crossed the finish line and the Nike Plus Stand just after 9 miles.... singing along to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now really gave me a boost!
Found miles 10 to 12 pretty hard going but had enough left in me to kick up the pace along the sea front to the finish line.
Will definately be back next year! Date of review: October 1, 2007