In short: Challenging but very enjoyable race. In full: Great race, the start was much improved from last year, and I didn't experience any issues with collecting the T-shirt and medal at the end either. Will be back again next year. Date of review: November 26, 2010
In short: Let down by terrible organisation In full: Much preferred this year's route, and got a PB, so there were some positives. That said, the organisation at the start was absolutely shambolic. Having to climb over the barriers to get to the start was utterly ridiculous - having a staggered start, better access etc would solve most of the problems - it's fairly basic stuff. Didn't have any issues personally at the end, but having people queueing to get over the finish line is totally inexcusable.
Shame really, as there's a lot of potential in this race. Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: Excellent - challenging race over a very scenic route. In full: This was a really enjoyable race - great course, friendly marshals, cheap entry and excellent changing facilities.
The course itself has a few very tough uphill stretches, but the downhill stretches make up for this. The only minor quibble is the lack of distance markers, but overall this was a very good race. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Very good - quick course, friendly atmosphere. In full: This was a very enjoyable race. Course was a lot more scenic than I thought it would be, and no hills to slow you down. Beat my previous PB by eight minutes, and if it wasn't for the wind along the Mersey for the last 3 miles the time would have been even quicker. Only complaints were the poor water stations and poorly marked finish line, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by how good this race was. Date of review: March 29, 2010