In short: THAT'S the way to do it! In full: If I wanted to organising my own marathon I sit down and spend ages thinking about what would make it great. I'd speak to lot's of my friends and be willing to spend an extraordinary amount of time making sure every tiny detail was perfect.
Then I'd tear up all my plans and give the guys at White Star Running a call so they could do the job properly!
The Giants Head Marathon was one of those events where pretty much everything significantly exceeded my best expectations.
It's not just a race organised by runners that clearly love running but one organised by runners that particularly love to have fun whilst running!
The post race barn dance/beerfest was a revelation, instead of sharing a few miles with someone never to see them again, it provided the perfect opportunity to catch up and consolidate the sense of camaraderie.
I've no doubt that this (and other WSR events) will feature as highlights on my race calendar for many years to come.
In short: Great, smashing, super! In full: Couldn't make up my mind beforehand whether I was going to love or hate the 17 lap format but I must admit I'm a bit of a convert.
On the plus side some sections rolled around like old friends occasionally surprising you to see them again so soon and yes other sections became more daunting with each repetition.
The lap format also makes it perfect for spectators providing a real lift when I rounded a corner to see the missus cheering me on (and watching her struggling to come up with 5 times as many comments as she's usually used to)!
Organisation was spot on, venue was easy to find, parking was easy to find, registration was easy to find.......
Marshals were friendly and the water station well manned and well stocked and normally one every 2.5km would be plenty given the heat and the lack of natural shade there were times when a second station would have been appreciated.
Special mention also to Matt "the salmon" who ran the course in the opposite direction encouraging EVERYONE by name as he passed you, absolute LEGEND, thank you!
The medal is EPIC, the goodie box well stocked (and with a sticker that made me giggle all the way home) and it's been awesome to look at race photos without a surge of rage when I see the price!!
Congratulations and great job to all at TZRUNS, in the words of Arnie, "I'll be BACK"! Date of review: June 12, 2014
In short: An ugly medal next year.....PLEASE! In full: Stunning medal (easily my favourite), awesome goody bag and a retina burning pink tee, all of which is great but pretty pointless if the race itself is no good.
Thankfully they are just the cherry on top of a fantastic event that highlight the degree of care and attention that the Halstead Road Runners put into their event.
From having your own drinks handed to you on the course to finding my bag being held out for me at the baggage drop every runner is made to feel special.
The course need respect but the only thing better than the views is the support!
This was my second year and already I'm pretty sure that I'll be lining up for my hat trick next year!
In short: Ran it, Lived it, LOVED IT! In full: My first marathon so I don't have much as a point of reference but in some ways that could have made it even harder for the race to live up to the hype!
For a newbie the race pack sent out about a month in advance was phenomenal, answering just about every question I had thought of (and lots I hadn't).
There's already been plenty said about the race and the crowds that I there really is little I can add (but I will never forget the goosebumps on hearing the drums come through the ground in the tunnel).
The T-shirt and medal are superb and representative of the degree of care, thought and attention that has been turned to every detail in this event.
Some may complain it's expensive and maybe it is but for an event that effectively closes much of a city centre, provides THAT exit from the tunnel AND gives you mementos that you will treasure for longer than the drive home I'd say it offers cracking value. Date of review: October 16, 2012
In short: Can you remember your first? In full: This was my first race in almost 20 years (since I left school)but I knew the area pretty well and support my local club even though I'm not a member, yet!
On arrival everything was easy to find and apart from the scrum in front of the tea & cake tent, pretty straightforward.
I enjoyed the course, the marshals were great and the water stations well placed and whilst I knew I was guaranteed a PB I'm still surprised(and delighted) with the time I posted.
Without anything to compare it to I'm sure there is room for improvement but I've been bitten by the bug and am looking forward to next years race! Date of review: October 4, 2012