In short: Great value race In full: This was my first time at Helsby Half. A good race, a few hills along the way, a nice long downhill towards the end which helped me get a PB. Nice route through country lanes. Didn't see the problems with baggage collection as got there quite early for pick up, but did notice the bags were all piled up and seemed to be in no particular order. Luckily my bag was sitting on top so could see it. Surely that will be better organised next year. Also not really enough room at the start with cars in carpark, but that is a minor gripe in what was a very successful, very good value race. Will definitely be back. Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Friendly, well organised race. In full: 2nd time for me. Was a tough day...got a bit warm out there...but the race is excellent. They know how to look after runners. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Loved it. In full: First time...had a FGFA place which was useful if want to get off to a quick start (bit too quick in my case). Hard to compare against any other UK marathon as is on such a bigger scale. Hopefully I will be back for more. Date of review: April 29, 2013
In short: Well organised scenic race In full: Have done this race several times...and this was definitely the coldest! That wind in the last few miles was most unwelcome, please try avoid that for next year organisers. This is a well managed event, there are loads of marshalls on the route...they must have been freezing out there! I expect will be back again next year, weather permitting.
In short: Sets the standard for other marathons In full: Had a brilliant day. A new PB and sub 3 so very chuffed. All helped by a really well organised event....from the fantastic marshalling to the baggage storage and kids events, just made the whole day for me. Will never forget it. They were lucky with the weather though - if had been wetter the race course mud may ruin things a bit. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Not cheap - but a great event In full: Have run this many times, this is the race that got me started, and wasn't going to run it as now race longer distances and was thinking this was a bit fun runnish for me, but so glad I did. Really enjoyed it this year. Got a PB too - although as mentioned if you're not at the start of your wave you're going to have to dodge a lot of people, but that was part of the fun for me. Also great to run in the same race as so many people of different abilities. Date of review: May 22, 2012
In short: Ruined by baggage screw up In full: This would be getting much higher marks if wasn't for the baggage farce at the end. To not be able to get to dry clothes, phone and key after finishing was not on - infact was dangerous. I had to get out and walk home as thought I was going to be in serious trouble. My partner luckily found my bag for me in the end, outside the tent where anyone could pick it up, and with the contents totally soaked. Apart from that the marshalling and support were great considering the terrible conditions, and I got a PB and a GFA time for London (unless they've screwed that up somehow) - so personally very happy - just the finish baggage thing was horrible. Date of review: April 29, 2012