In short: Fantastic first-time marathon choice In full: Completed this as my first marathon and really enjoyed the whole day. Well organised with plenty going on at the start. Lovely run through the centre of York and then onto some more scenic roads. The out and back sections where the supporters buses go out to were fantastic (and I thought these would be the hardest bits)! Even the quieter sections had locals out supporting. Fairly flat route and I am sure there is some PB potential. Water/drinks/gels were provided as often as needed on the way round. My only criticism would be lacking a few extra first aid stations. Plenty of stewards if you needed help/were dropping out but not as much potential to patch up and get back out running. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Great flat run In full: Great run, well organised and lots of support. Atmosphere was great from the guys stuck in the minor traffic jam caused by the runners high fiving those close enough to the supporters creating their own make shift aid station. Flat course meant a PB was on the cards (and achieved) and probably the best medal you're likely to get anywhere. Great event. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Outstanding event and meticulously organised In full: I ran the 10k race last year which was a major success and this year it's even better. For £12 you get a quality technical t-shirt, a medal and get to run a stunning, mixed road/off road race finishing in the Aldershot Military Stadium. Along the route were friendly marshals directing you and cheering you on. The organisation of the event was faultless which is a credit to everyone involved.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Well that was fun! In full: Excellent race, shame it was the last. :-( Really enjoyed it and would have done it again (when my legs are working properly again!) Some really good touches, especially the cooked breakfast at 3:30 pm. Shame 'horsey' and little Englanders have to spoil it by taking down marker tape. That was the only fault I could find. Although we could have put a bit more effort in Jerusalem! Looking forward to the Leith Hill Half (again!!!) Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: The very best road race in Kent In full: This has got absolutely everything. Scenery, hills, excellent facilities. And the final 3km are a downhill plummet. Wonderful. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Gets better organised every year. In full: Suburban streets aren't everyone's cup of tea, but the organisers have done enough to take the course away from driveways as far as they can. The organisation is very good and always welcoming.
The course is how I like it - a mixed bag. Start - uphill - downhill - off-road - woods - road - downhill, rinse and repeat. The final km is all downhill, so you've got a chance of clawing back some time lost on Charterhouse Road.
The 'King/Queen of the Hill' award is an excellent idea. And there's always loads of food at the end.
Not a prestigious or a particularly fast race - but one I always look forward to. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Beautiful city, fantastic marshalls, all very friendly and supportive of those of us at the back! In full: I had an amazing day, the marshalls couldn't do enough to help, they were all so lovely, including the guy on the bike who talked me through the last hard mile to the finish line. My supporters were impressed by the friendly drivers on the bus services who all helped with advice. The homes on the route were busy with spectators. The bit past the Minster was jaw dropping, what an atmosphere!I am so proud I did this. Thank you York. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Proper hard but cosy pub in winter friendly In full: That was proper hard but the atmosphere was like a cosy pub in winter. I did get lost a few times but hey, lovely places to get lost in. I hadn't thought of that way before, I've just increased the value grading :-) Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Very enjoyable marathon In full: It has been over 30 years since I last run a marathon and for a rural course the organisation and crowds supporting the run were tremendous.This enabled me to run under 4 hours in scenic countryside.Good medal and T-shirt at the finish too. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Great course and organisation - shame it's the last one! In full: Spurred on by a friend who's raced this a few times, I entered my first trail race (and only second marathon) with some nervousness. I enjoyed myself much more than I had thought possible: a varied and spectacular route, though surprisingly tough in parts. A very friendly crowd were quite chatty throughout. Very well-organised with plenty of water and sweet stops. Although this was the last Greensand Marathon, I will definitely check out other Trionium events. Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Lovely course In full: Really enjoyed this one. The course is pretty flat, bit of a hill at the end but nothing to worry about. Water stations frequent and well stocked and plenty of portaloos around the course. Lovely scenery in the countryside and villages and a great start through the city with the minster bells chiming. Good mix of enthusiastic crowds and nice peaceful sections, plus a high-fiving vicar! Date of review: October 11, 2016
In short: Great support and beautiful scenery. In full: A really enjoyable race. A few testing inclines, with the worst being in the final mile, but nothing too bad. Support from locals was brilliant and managed to cut plenty of time from my PB. Date of review: October 11, 2016