In short: Brilliant, well organised event In full: I have previously ran the full Chester marathon, but having struggled with an ankle injury for much of the year I opted for the Metric option as I knew I'd struggle with the full but wanted to do something a bit different to a regular half.
I think this is the fourth event that I have done that has been organised by this team and as always it was as close to perfect as you can get.
Great support, marshalling, friendly youngsters giving out the water/drinks/gels. It really is a good as it gets.
Only the tiniest of quibbles is that it got a bit congested where the Metric met the full, but otherwise top, top marks.
Thanks to all involved. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Brilliant race, beautiful scenery. In full: This is the second time I have done this race (having previously done it in 2011), the course is challenging, with a fair amount of climbing alongside the Great Orme. The scenery on the climb is stunning though, and the castle finish is pretty good too. Definitely recommended. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Excellent race, with a challenging hill. In full: This is a great event, organised by the local hospice. It is a challenging one though, so beginners may find the route a bit tough (but it's a friendly one, so everybody is made to feel welcome, regardless of ability).
The route is roughly 2.5 miles of climbing (some of it gentle, some less so!), 2.5 miles of very quick downhill running, and a mile or so of relatively flat running.
It's a well organised event, that I would definitely recommend... but do some hill work first! :-)
In short: Excellent race, would definitely come back! In full: This was an excellent race, with a nice course and an excellent goody bag (for the price). I managed a PB, and think I could probably have gone a touch faster... so I'll be back! ;-) I must add a special mention to Bryan the photographer who took hundreds (thousands?) of excellent photographs and let runners have high resolution copies for free! It really was a lovely touch, which adds to feel of the event. See you next year! Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Brilliant event... again! In full: Having done the half and full marathons at Chester last year, I had high expectations - which were met. The event organisers are really making a name for themselves now - other events take note, this is how things should be done.
The course is undulating but mostly the climbs are short and not too challenging (though the one just before you hit the 13th mile is a bit mean! Haha).
The event is well supported and the marshals/volunteers deserve special thanks.
In short: One word: superb In full: Excellent event: well organised, friendly marshals, great crowds, nice scenic route... apart from a few challenging hills it was the perfect day! ;-) My first marathon, and would 100% recommend it to other 'first timers'. Superb. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Good route, well organised, great atmosphere In full: I really enjoyed this race. The first mile was a little congested, but other than that everything went like clockwork... the short hill at 12 miles was hard work though!
Lots of vocal support throughout the course, great volunteers and the 'final straight' has to be one of my favourite finishes ever!
Nice t-shirt and medal too, and the Mars bar at the end was much appreciated!
Would definitely recommend this to other runners. Excellent event. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Very enjoyable... but could be better. In full: Firstly, I must say that I actually really enjoyed this run, got a PB and would definitely recommend it to somebody after a quick time.
However there is a but...
The problems with the signs being switched (maliciously) caused real problems for the front runners and to be honest the signs generally weren't clear enough for an open road event. It's also not really the best event if you are a 'fun' runner or not particularly fast, to use the RW descriptions above it was a "bit clubby". There was also a clear lack of marshals and water. It was a cheap run, so it's hard to be over critical but a marshal at some of the key junctions would have really helped. I must say though that I thought the marshals present were all excellent.
Again, I would like to reiterate that on a personal level, I really enjoyed the event and had a very good day, but with a few minor tweaks this could be a 'must do' event. Date of review: February 20, 2012