In short: A break from the norm In full: This was an event with a bit of challenge and heat thrown in!! Liked the idea of running from one city to another and completing it by tow paths instead of road made a refreshing change!!
I found the route challenging, not helped by the very hot weather. In that type of environment there wasn't much shade!! However, there were plenty of water stations and energy drinks -every 3 miles - which you don't always see at other events. The marshals were helpful and plentiful at all the major points on the course. I liked the 'tunnel' although you couldn't run too fast in there as it was still pitch black even with the lighting. The steps outside we're a big surprise and a killer on the legs!!
However the start seemed disorganised and the allotted start times system didn't work. A crowd of people all pushing in to squeeze through a small door was how I experienced it. The mile markers on the course - if you could spot them all - were not accurate and the finish line round a sharp corner was a let down.
I liked the medal but saw no goody bag as advertised.
I would do this event again as it makes a change from the usual road events but if you're looking for one with the 'PB' factor I would give it a miss!! Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: A bargain half marathon! In full: I've completed this race before but only the half marathon. I have got to say that for the price it is a good morning out. Not the greatest of scenery I admit, I would not fancy two laps of it. However, many of the city events do not have panoramic views!
The organisation of this event is good and the atmosphere at the start and finish was good. Close parking facilities made the start smooth and hassle free. However I agree with many of the reviewers who commented that the local support was a bit 'thin'. It was sparce to say the least in certain places, which was a shame. There were plenty of water stations on the route - in bottles which i was very grateful with the clammy atmosphere.
The goody bag was all I wanted, bottle of water and a sports drink, t shirt, medal, banana and a caramel shortbread!
This will never be a 'classic' event but if you enjoy competing in half marathons and like a bargain this is as good as any. I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 7, 2012
In short: Great weather, great event. In full: This is the second year I have completed this event so I knew what to expect. I really enjoyed it. The organisation and marshalling were excellent. A lovely route made better by the sun. Plenty of water stations - I appreciate bottles of water as opposed to cups. The support by the locals was also very uplifting. The setting for the finishing line is one of the prettiest I have come across as a runner. I liked the glass momento I received at the end but hated the baseball cap. Cheap and nasty. A T-shirt would have been much better!
I will certainly be returning again next year.
I am a big fan of KP Events. Never yet been disappointed by any of their running events. Well done!
In short: Nearly blown off my feet!! In full: My first time at this event.
The venue was unique but you had to be careful you didn't put your foot in a pothole. The scenery was dull, the atmosphere non-existant and 4 laps of it made the task quite tedious. The wind at the bottom of the runway was horrendous, it slowed me down to a near stop
However the price of the race, the organisation and the marshalls were good. Very easy and quick to pick up numbers at the start. I was not expecting the medal and the slices of orange were nice at the end. The facilities were good overall.
I was not massively impressed with this event but as it is only down the road from where I live and the tempting PB potential, weather permitting, I may still enter this race again in the future. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: A fantastic event In full: This was my 3rd Birmingham Half but can I say what a tremendous event it has now become. As a Brummie myself I was immensely proud of the event. With top class competitors, Birmingham is now on the running map!
Superbly well organised - what else could you expect from the Bupa Team. I couldn't fault it. The NIA bag drop off was excellent and the warm up at the start got everyone in the mood. The coloured wave start was a good idea and eradicated the crowd control problems from last year.
This was my 8th half marathon this year but it had the best atmosphere by far. Yes it is an uphill battle towards the end but considering the rest of the route is completely flat I welcomed the challenge.
The last part of the race along Broad Street to the finish makes the pain worth it. The crowd were amazing.
I failed to get a PB but already I can't wait till next year. Date of review: October 25, 2011
In short: It's Tamworth!!!! Not Fradley!!!! In full: Another well organised race from KP Events. For a small 10k I can't fault it. A nice flat route which helped me smach my PB, a nice momento at the end and a nice atmosphere to finish with local support. Not the most prestigious 10k you'll ever enter but nice morning out and 14 quid well spent. I will be back next year. Date of review: October 18, 2011
In short: A great City Half Marathon In full: An extremely well organised and supported race. Couldn't fault the organisation, the facilities or the marshalling. Some nice touches like the energy drink and gels at mile 11 - much needed and appreciated. Loved the support and atmosphere as I ran the last 2 miles back into town. Mde the pain more bearable. The locals were great.
A nice course with a few steady inclines. The last mile was a killer. No dodgy goodie bags either. Just everything you wanted and need - a nice medal, t-shirt, banana and water at the finish.
I really enjoyed today, easily my favourite event so far and a PB bagged in the process.
Just one moan - banning MP3 players and threatening people with disqualification was a bit over the top. I have ran plenty of City events with an i-Pod and never been subjected to this petty ruling before. Date of review: October 9, 2011
In short: Pleasant and enjoyable race made better by the unusual weather conditions In full: This was my second Cov Half and I was a bit disappointed when I found out that the route had changed from last year. However, I was pleasantly surprised as I ran today. The route was littered with hills and covered a range of scenery. Good support and plenty of water available. Toilet facilities were poor. 2 available at mile 3 with a queue waiting.
Apart from that i enjoyed the race, it seemed well organised. Great medal and T Shirt but thought the goody bag for the 'premier' price was rubbish. Wouldn't say it's a classic race but I smashed my PB and will definitely be back next year. Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere and a fairly fast course with one or two hills. Loved the t shirt at the end. For a 10k event, it is one of the best that I have entered and I will be taking part again in future races here. Well done Lichfield!!! Date of review: September 11, 2011