In short: No problems but not thrills In full: I ran the 2014 race but no option available at the top.
I ran this race with two of my friends, one of whom had never ran a half marathon before. The first 6 miles were a flat loop through a pretty dull sand dune lined road. The second half of the race was a tiny bit more exciting but nothing to shout about. There were regular water stations and one station was handing out energy gels. We had a relaxed attitude to the whole race and were talking to very friendly competitors , stewards and supporters. At mile 5 we even managed to sneak in a water fight with some runners we got chatting to. 3 West Indian steel pan musicians were entertaining runners at at about mile 2 and 4 and people were even stopping to dance. The end of the race was a bit demoralising as you had to do a loop around the finishing area to make up the last quarter of a mile or so. I like to think if I hadr un this on my own I would have been hunting a pb. Lovely t-shirt and medal at the medal at the end. Enjoyed the race and so did my friends but wont be one to rush back to Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Unique chance to run across the Humber Bridge In full: I travelled over from Liverpool for this race as the chance to run over the Humber Bridge was a chance I could not refuse. It was a very very wet day but all the runners were chatty and making a joke of it all. The race was late starting due to the weather but seems fair due to circumstances. The route was exactly what I wanted, some flat and lots of up and downs. The hill at 9 miles (Gravel Pit Road) was a real challenge and quite fun in its own perverse way. The last hill going back onto the bridge was a killer and I found I really had to dig deep. There were some lovely supporters out despite the wet weather. The finish line had a lovely atmosphere and the hill down to it was appreciated.
What really annoyed me and the other runners was the lack of medals at the finish line. I dont care about gift bags or t-shirts but I always associate athletic achievements with medals and to finish a half marathon and not be rewarded with a medal broke all the rules of organised and competitive running for me. I feel especially upset for the poor first timers who can not mark their achievelement with the medal they deserve.
I really enjoyed the race and the atmosphere and loved running over the Humber Bridge. Very very bitter at not having a medal to mark the event. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Nice fun, friendly race on a bank holiday In full: I signed up to the Lichfield Half Marathon knowing nothing about the event, or the city of Lichfield itself, more of a day out on a bank holiday affair. The drive down was very easy. Lots of parking. The competitors were all very friendly during the warm up, on the start line and throughout the race. The race marshals all seemed to be full of life and shouting lots of positive encouragement. The support in the little villages and in the towns was excellent. At one section of the race there was a small primary aged child dishing out cups of water outside her house. The scenery was very pretty and the weather was good if not a bit too warm. It was a great finish to the race down a large hill then a grassy finish line in the shadow of the Cathedral. The race finshers medal was very attractive and a great memo of the race.Goody bag was pretty average but I have had worse. Best of all off I got a PB which I could not really believe given the hilly course and the hot weather. The bottleneck at the start of the race was extremely annoying - I really think a new starting point might need to be arranged as standing round for nearly 40 seconds is not what I expected at the start of a race. Overall a cracking day out in Lichfield and can't complain about getting a PB (1.38.08) Date of review: May 20, 2014