In short: Glorious Marathon held over two countries In full: First time of running the Chester Marathon, and I really enjoyed it.
Organisation was excellent - plenty of cover at the start and finish if the weather isn't behaving. Plenty of pacer options too.
A nice route out through the city and countryside - it really shows Chester off well and the start and finish at the race course is perfect. There are only two or three hills on the course - so hardly hilly - and for every hill up - you've run down so I don't think it would slow you much if at all.
Biggest medal I've ever got and a lovely tecchy long sleeve teeshirt.
The showers in the changing room were bloody freezing though - someone needs to shove 50p in the meter next time.
Well done to the organisers - its a very impressive race after only a few years. Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: How did they cram a 10k into such a small village ? In full: Man its a twisty turny event - but that does mean you get to see just about all of Port Sunlight. No chance to get bored at all. A great event and just the finish needs sorting out - I tried to do another lap despite the marshalls telling me the right lane to take. My brain doesnt work when I'm racing. And a reception in a pub after - very impressive indeed ! Date of review: June 19, 2013
In short: Sunny for the race 3 times out of 4 now for me... In full: Ok so a PB is unlikely - but how many races finish across a scenic beach ? And the addition of HRH dropping in in his Seaking was a nice touch.
Great support from the community and great marshalling and spectators. We always make a day of it - next time we'll do the weekend. Date of review: June 19, 2013
In short: Freckleton is a special race In full: My third time back at Freckleton and it's an excellent event. Fantastic organisation and a lovely course on roads that are well marshalled. Great commentary and there's always a nice souvenir too. It's one to bring the family too - entertainment and stalls laid on. I can't wait for the 50th running next year. Date of review: June 19, 2013
In short: Run Wirral - Run Liverpool - Run the Tunnel ! In full: Disclaimer - My experience may be influenced as I PB'd - and on a course that I don't think is the easiest around...
The start was well organised - time markers up to tell you where to be. Luggage lorries were well manned and no problems there. The grass was muddy but you can't control that !
The course is a great mix - a quick lap of the Park - not that you can take in the views really, then out onto the Wirral. Going through the Docks is always interesting, and then a fast descent to the promenade. A nice out and back there let you assess how everyone was doing, and then avoiding starbucks we get to go round the Marine lake - Irish Sea lapping at the sea wall.
Then we get to the promenade with views over to Liverpool - this is the view that the tourists want. Perfect.
Historic Hamilton Square is next and then you descend into the Tunnel - this makes for a fast end to the first half.
After that - its uphill through the city and into Sefton Park. Just one lap of that though and already you're on your way back home. Nice fast descent down again - so you've a chance to keep the pace up. The last mile or so always go on forever - but the crowd support is good.
Through the finish and you're done.
Organisation was perfect - no worries on that. Teeshirt, Foil Blanket, Medal and some other goodies too.
The only downside of the whole event is that it made my legs hurt. But I will return.
In short: A chocolate box village 10k ! In full: Well I had to run this as its in walking distance of home. I was a bit wary of the route - it looked wiggly and fairly tricky and with it being the first running I'd half expected to get lost. But it was perfect ! Fantastic marshalling - great signage, great coning off and the out and back sections let you see just how far ahead the fast boys were.
Nice food and drinks on offer at the end too - I'll bring cash next year.
Lovely medal too !
And theres plenty of things for supporters to do as well. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: Not for PB chasers but what a stunning location ! In full: Fantastic weather and a challenging course made for a special day. Come for the race but don't rush away after. Great medal too and I don't do races for "goody bags" so no complaints from me.
It'll take a while to get the sand out of your shoes - but it's well worth it.
In short: Great race marred by a poor after finish area In full: The race has got slated but the only bad thing I found was that the post finish area was too small and as such badly organised.
If they move it back to the racecourse it should be perfect.
I found the route fast and scenic - a bit windy but this is Scotland. Drinks stations were plentiful. It was marshalled well. There was a small stretch of broken road at the country house but the rest of the route was in great condition. Buses back to the start were a bit of a walk from the finish but we were told that. There was no queue for me so I was on the bus and away before too long. I didn't bring any spectators with me but there wasn't much for them at the finish as it was. If you have spectators - maybe look for another race unless the finish is rearranged. The start was well organised in the city centre so easy to reach - a short walk from the main railway station. Teeshirt was nice and a technical one too - so that's better than London. Medal a little dull but that's not important for me. I would definitely go back.
In short: The weather was abysmal, but the race was brilliant. In full: Where the hell did all that rain come from ? I thought the forecast was good. So it made the start finish area a quagmire and there were a lot of puddles/rivers all over the course - it didnt deter us. Lots of fun, and great to be out racing on such an awful day. Lovely race - good for all abilities and great organisation, marshalling and support. Teeshirt design was nice too. Date of review: October 5, 2010