In short: First half marathon and enjoyed it very much... In full: I normally run 10ks, occasionally a 10 mile race slips in somewhere, but this was my first half marathon. I enjoyed it very much. Although the scenery isn't great I found myself running down roads I had run down when I was at Staffs Uni a few years ago, so for me it was quite a sentimental run but if you are not familiar with Stoke it could be quite uninspiring.
However the organisation was really good and there were plenty of water stations and absolutely amazing support from the different suburbs we ran through. Kids handing out jelly babies, pensioners squirting runners with hose pipes - it really had a friendly feel to it.
The hill up Fenton after about 3 miles was an energy sapper and then that one at 11.5 miles near the pub on Berwick Road made me want to give up, but I didn't and it is pleasing to complete my first half marathon. I would definitely do this run again! Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: I thought I was prepared for it but... In full: I'm not the best runner in the world and I am happy to complete rather than compete in races. I read the reviews from last year about the first 3km and the hill and I thought "right, ok it's gonna be tough" but I didn't quite imagine how tough. That first 3-4km is the toughest I have come across so far in my 10k experiences. That said, I really enjoyed the race. The beautiful scenery and lovely weather made it a great day with lots of support from fellow runners and spectators. Just re reading what I've written so far sounds like I didn't enjoy it but it was fantastic and I will definitely do it again next year. It's just that damn hill at the beginning... you have been warned! Oh and a special mention to the guy who was wearing number 80 - which was also his age as the announcer told us just as he finished the race. Inspiring. Date of review: May 31, 2009