Huge civic enterprise, interesting urban location (about: 2000)|
Patrick Donovan from Rhode Island, USA (11/1/00)
Very well put together, chip-timed, with far more relayers than individuals, as numerous local groups raise large sums for many charities through pledges. This congests the course somewhat, but for mid-packers like me that's no sweat. Pray for cool weather, as long shallow grades add up to serious wear on the legs. 2000 was 'the best weather we've ever had,' meaning altogether too sunny and warm (despite May 1 date and northern location) for a good effort.
Next to no Americans there, which actually surprised me, though I'm aware of recent bad PR. Felt absolutely comfortable and secure. Note: Do sign up for pre-race banquet: Belfast City Hall, carpeted reception chamber, embossed china, music, etc.