In short: Fabulously organised race and a very enjoyable day out. In full: Really well organised, plenty of toilet access, fantastic marshals, great stadium finish, close to the car (so nice to not have to walk miles to your car after such a long run!). Having a runners-only space at the end was such a good idea!!! It really helped to not be completely swamped by people at the end of the race. The scenery was actually much nicer than I thought it would be and it wasn't quite as flat as I thought it would be. Thank you so much to the organisers and everyone there who supported all the runners!! Date of review: May 9, 2015
In short: mile markers please In full: The one thing that stood out for me, in contrast to the Bewl 15 which I have done several times, was that there were no mile markers, and virtually no marshalls. Please don't rely on everyobne having a gps and a phone to ring for help, there is often no signal in thus area. Otherwise great. Date of review: May 9, 2015
In short: Bewl-tofull In full: Pleased with a 4:02 at Bewl reservoir marathon this morning. If you like small fields, mainly trail running, not too hilly, running close to water but not on the prom, lots of shade, a very large bling of medal, 8 feed stations all with variety of drinks gels & cakes, loads of bluebells & smashing views then this is the marathon for you! Date of review: May 9, 2015
In short: No medal and a Nissan T shirt that advertises cars! In full: Was disappointed after running the race to find no medal and a T shirt which really was advertising purely for Nissan with a little mention it was a 10k race in Whistsble. On finish a very warm day, no banana or a sweet or biscuit I was advised by race director there a small club.. We are a very small club, we provide bananas and chocolate biscuits.. A bespoke medal for the same price! Disappointing Date of review: May 9, 2015
In short: Except for the long walk to the start an excellent event In full: Except for the long walk to the start and the grass path to get over the road bridge a very good course where PB's should be on the cards. Weather wet and windy on the day but clearly not in the organiser's control. Will certainly do this one again. Date of review: May 9, 2015
In short: Tougher than expected. In full: This was my 4th Marathon and probably the course I have found most challenging so far. I barely remember any parts that were flat, and there was a tough hill around 20 miles. Despite this I did get a PB, but I would say this came out of my own running progression rather than the course.
That said, this was well organised, the stadium is obviously perfect for dealing with high volumes of people. There were plenty of toilets (just walk around the stadium a bit away from the exit and you could get straight in one), well organised bag drop and easy to meet friends and family at the end. My only slight criticism would be the starting zones, I didn't really see anything any different, but this is a minor and I didn't feel too bunched up as soon as we got going.
A very friendly race, with good support, a few lonely bits but marshals were all very encouraging.
I probably wouldn't do this again, but more because there are many other Marathons I would like to try in the future. Date of review: May 9, 2015
In short: Now in its 4th year, this race has kept on improving and I think it is the best half in the UK by far In full: Now in its 4th year this race just keeps on getting better and better, the organisation of the race was very slick and ran like clockwork despite the shocking weather conditions. Runners received regular informative e-mails prior to the race. The Race HQ was also well organised with a number of great bargains to be had. The water stations were well space out and the jelly bean station at the half-way point is always a welcome sight. The introduction of a sponge station this was also excellent (even though the runners has their fair share of water due to the heavy rain. The marshalls on the course were again second to none and all offered support and encouragement to all runners. I have run in a number of half marathons across the country and I have to say that this half marathon has become one of my favourite (if not the favourite) half marathon and will definitely be signing up for the 5th year as soon as entries open again in the new year. The goody bag keeps getting better with another great t-shirt and superb medal, there were also lots of goodies which made the overall package excellent value for money. Well done to all who were involved in organising and running the event. Roll on 2016 Date of review: May 9, 2015
In short: The 5th time I've run this race and I'll be back again next year. Superb organisation. Fantastic marshalling. Brilliant goodie bags, medals and prizes. Such a great atmosphere fun for runners and spectators alike. Many, many thanks. Date of review: May 8, 2015
In short: Amazing event, highly recommended ! In full: Very fast, flat course that will suit all runners. Running on the F1 circuit added to the excitement. Very well run and exceptional value for money. Definite potential for a PB Date of review: May 8, 2015
In short: 2nd time I've run, even better this year! In full: I love this race! I ran it last year too - both times post-big city marathon (last year London, this year Manchester) & both times, despite tired legs from only just having run one, I have enjoyed this one more!! The course is fab - quite tough from mile 20 onwards, but varied & pretty (certainly compared to the dreariness of Manchester anyway - the world's most boring course!) & great support (helps that I am local though so had friends as marshals!) The stadium start & finish is brill, so well organised, loads of room, loads of loos, couldn't fault it. The medal is great but a tshirt too would be good for the price as there wasn't really anything else in the goody bag (Manchester trumped that as got a tshirt & more snacks too!) but on the whole I think it's brilliant. Well worth doing, and a great Spring marathon. Hurray for MK! I'm proud to call it my local marathon! Date of review: May 8, 2015