In short: Dead flat run along the Thames, hugely social, well organised and brilliant cake! In full: An out and back along the Thames Path so you get to see everyone out on the course, plenty of aid stations, lots of gels, cakes, water, squash, friendly marshalls, nice big medal... pack a couple of pounds in your pocket for the ice cream vans! A PB course if you want to run fast, a lovely social run if you want to wave, high five and enjoy the views! Date of review: August 24, 2014
In short: Cruel finish loop. In full: No mile markers on course, some runners approaching the finish area thought they were about to finish. Not so! You had to run past it and complete a 2.5 mile loop. Poor value, just an average medal. The showers weren't working when I'd finished. Date of review: August 24, 2014
In short: My favourite race of the year! In full: Third time for me and an upgrade to the 32miler - my first ultra.
As always, this was an incredible event and one that challenges and inspires at the same time. The views this year were second to none - why anyone would want to run anywhere else after running this route I'll never know.
The route is tough but this gives a real sense of accomplishment as you crawl up the final hill before mustering a full blown sprint (hobble) to the finish line.
I shall be back next year, returning to improve my time on the 32. The problem once I've achieved a better time is the only way is up... Date of review: August 24, 2014
In short: Lovely race. I enjoyed it. In full: I enjoyed this out and back race despite running on my own for quite a bit of it and I was in the faster half. There definitely needed to be more water stations on a fairly warm day or at least bottles to hold on to between aid stations. When I really needed a drink at the finish I couldn't find any. It was hard to run past the finish. It would have been better to run the extra bit at the start. Having said that, I really enjoyed my run and will be back. Date of review: August 23, 2014
In short: Has potential In full: Am happy to start this years review. Ran the marathon distance & it was my first time running this event. On the plus side the course was flat, mainly shaded & has potential as a PB.
The downsides - the half marathon runners & marotheners started together, but it was confusing who was running each event, as the colour bibs seemed interchangeable. Also a number of runners seemed to have set off earlier so it was unclear whom was in front of you. The water stations were inadequate. Only 5 for a marathon in August! And most of them only with cups of water. If it would have been a hot day there would have been pandemonium. The decision to run past the finish line at 24 miles was cruel. Why not do those first two miles first? At the end to be handed only a medal for £27 was not enough for the fee. The water at the end wasn't close to the finish line either. Apparently there was a bowl of crisps, but by the time if finished they were gone. Date of review: August 23, 2014
In short: Unique race, and a good run. In full: Ok, the scenery in the tunnel isn't the nicest. But, because you get to run through the tunnel it does make it a unique run. Running along the promenade is also nice, makes for brilliant views of Liverpool. It's a good run, which can be challenging in the heat and with the constant incline of the tunnel. Date of review: August 23, 2014
In short: Good race In full: Not a bad race, good utilisation of the running track for the start and finish of the race. Wasn't a fan of seeing the elite at 5km as I'd passed 2.5 / 3km. Also not a fan of repeating sections of the run, and more photography around the course would have been good. Date of review: August 23, 2014
In full: 2nd year of running this race I had been looking forward to this for weeks. Unfortunately my body let me down and tempted as I was to DNF I carried on knowing the amazing scenery that awaited. Highly recommended. Date of review: August 22, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere In full: Nice run made up of two halves. First half includes two nasty hills but second half is all downhill and delivers great Tyne valley views and running along the riverside park. Excellent kids races after the 10k finish with a great turn out. Brilliant tech shirt included in the already good value race fee! Date of review: August 22, 2014
In short: Excellent ultramarathon In full: Well-organised, friendly race through countryside and villages. Excellent checkpoints with all the food you could want, manned by enthusiastic volunteers. Scenic challenging route with a flat last 5 miles. My first and very memorable 'ultra'. Date of review: August 22, 2014