In short: my first marathon, glad it was this one !! In full: my first ever 26.2 and im glad i came back to my home town to do it. fairly hilly but once you see the mersey you know you are one your way home. been left with a proud high all week. well done liverpool. Date of review: June 19, 2015
In short: Excellent local off road 5 miler In full: Great small race. Affordable and interesting route. Great to have a sausage ban at the Woodman after and enter the pub quiz. Hope it runs again next year Date of review: June 19, 2015
In short: Glorious Goodison Park In full: A wonderful day...tough going personally found 13 - 16miles hardest. Great organisation at start and finish,toilets, baggage,photos goody bag and medals all worked like clockwork. saw lots of bands and djs and enjoyed them, Not all marshalls appeared happy. I enjoyed the quiet parts before the crowded centre areas.A winding course with lots to see and other runners always willing to chat. Support in the parks was good Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: dare anyone rate this <100% In full: Think is my 7th and always gets 100%. I dont think it can be improved...great atmosphere, scenery, bone jarring running. Still cant still get a shoe on -my toenail and i will part company soon but hey, less weight to carry next year.Is there any way to have a second run down Burfoot at the end (so we can run back up of course)? So glad numbers kept up despite the change in time. Thanks Dr Rob Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: lovely trail race with a couple of challenging hills for tired legs in the second half In full: Well done to the organisers and thanks to all the marshals and other helpers for a most enjoyable evening out. The new course with wide, flat start and finish worked very well and the signage and marshalling were excellent. All back to the pub afterwards was a capital idea :) Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: This race is just loads of fun In full: A 'technical' course that engaged me every step of the way. Friendly - v well organized, and the money goes to a charity, not to a profit making firm, which makes it a bargain to me. A bag drop (even in someones van) would be a cherry on top for us non drivers. Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: nice scenery, come prepared In full: It is a nice course, a couple of hills - which weren't as bad as I thought at first sight and everything will be even more scenic once the forest works have gone! Nice trail through the trees and quite pretty. The goody bag was good value for the price of entering and the marshalls/organisers/other runners were friendly. The main downside was there was no water on course, and I didn't think this was made very clear in the pre-race info: I had considered bring water but assumed there would be a water station - so I'd rate the race higher if this had been clearer (even a big sign near the car park as I has a spare bottle in the car). Oh, and a group of us nearly got lost at a large crossroads as there was no marshall - most of the course was very well marshalled except this one point. I'd probably do it again now knowing the setup. :-) Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: Probably the best run ever in the world! In full: This is the run everyone always comes back to. Short but rewarding, excellently organised by an amazing local club. Value for money is supurb, the medal (doubling up as a bottle opener) is simply the best I've ever seen and the beer on course and at the finish is spot on!! I would recommend this race time and time again. The No.1 event in anyones race calendar. Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: baked like a kipper In full: Good fun (when it finished). I thought Ashtead Common was flat but they seemed to find all the hills with this course (or more likely the same one from different directions).
Nice friendly atmosphere, good sausage baps and fun quiz! Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: Undulating but nice In full: Easy to get to (at least from Watford with the Abbey Flyer), as St Albans Abbey station is just by the start area.
Nice atmosphere, not enough toilets, though the ones at the athletics stadium didn't have much of a queue (which was announced. Incidentally, the guy on the tannoy seemed to be chanelling Alan Partridge). Some good viewing spots for non-runners, and a nice area to stretch and relax after the run.
The route itself is rather undulating, there's a few flatter stages but not much. The marshals and water stations were great, very welcoming, and the high five gels were an unexpected bonus.
Not too much in the goody bag, but it's a good technical T shirt. Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: Scenic run, sausage sarnies, beer, quiz = excellent! In full: This was the second Woodman 5 (mile) race, after last year's torrential opener (missed it, darn!). New start, new course. Entry was easy and cheap, at the Woodman Pub (plenty of parking). The course is looping, around some of the most tucked-away parts of Ashtead Common and John Baker, the organiser, seems to have found all the 'hills.' The last mile is an excellent downhill and then flat, so you can finally let loose. Very friendly atmosphere, with enthusiastic local girl guides helping at the water stations. Then, we all went back to the Woodman pub for sausage sarnies, beer and a pub quiz. Now that's what I call a race: it was a really great night out! Date of review: June 18, 2015