In short: Great, challenging and gorgeous. Not to be underestimated In full: A lovely, scenic run. Very well organised with lovely, cheerful support even with only 1 marathoners amid the bigger load of half-marathoners.
Certainly not to be underestimated with a heady mix of consistent undulating trail with short/sharp hills. The long tarmac path stretch out to the peninsula felt positively heavenly. Definitely makes you work for it.
Also lovely nearby pubs to recover in! Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Great marathon In full: This was my second year running in Hull and whilst last year was good, this year was fantastic with perfect organization. Whilst the run itself has some great scenery and crossing the Humber Bridge is wonderful, the 'not so glamorous' mile 24 this year had the wonderful 'Race Angels' to help runners along, a touch of genius. Deserves to be bigger (and the course could certainly take it as its very open) and I hope with Hull being the European City of Culture 2017 I am sure next year will be. Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Lot of fun and probably the best medal in the UK at the very least In full: This is for the 2016 Coyote Marathon, it wouldn't let me select 2016 above. It's a great event, super friendly and a pleasure to be part of. Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Great different Marathon for all levels In full: Ran Coyote 2016, fantastic organisation, running laps worried me but the mutual encouragement from runners was brilliant. Great support and brilliant so see family every lap. Marshals giving fantastic support. The hills make it interesting and really only kick in when you seriously start to fatigue (hopefully near the end). The free pictures are fantastic, as is the free beer and the medal absolutely top notch, brought it into work like a kid would to show their class. A1 Event. Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Very well organised friendly event In full: A very well organised event with the best and most enthusiastic marshalls and volunteers. The course comprises of multiple laps around the Gravesend Cyclopark. This would have been really tough if it wasn't for the support of the volunteers and the friendliness of the other runners. Great medal and goodie bag with a lot of free photos well worth the entry fee. Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: amazing Leighton 10 In full: My very first run in UK Incredible and well organize. Marshall everywhere to protect you from the traffic and cheering you for all the duration of the run stunning panorama all around. Best run ever Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Wow - I loved this event In full: The Purbeck landscape around Swanage is some of the best coastal and rural scenery in the country. This route captures it all in a pleasing way. I was thoroughly enjoying the deep blue sea, Jurassic rock cliffs and green rolling hills in the sunshine when I reached the top of the hill above Kimmeridge and was literally stopped in my tracks by the view towards Worbarrow Bay and shouted 'wow' to the two walkers nearby! Added to all this was banter with friendly marshalls, other runners and the local people supporting in the picture-postcard villages. I won't hide from the hills, stiles and tracks which made this a tough run - but only added to the sense of achievement I have felt. Well done to the organisers - you have a gem! Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Great feelgood local event with great marshalling and organisation In full: I had erased the hills from my memory from last year. Just as well! Many thanks to all involved for hosting this event. Date of review: September 21, 2016
In short: worth the trip...... In full: This was a fun event,the parking was well organised and lots of loos etc. Great marshal's,lots of water sweets & gels. will run again in 2017.... Date of review: September 21, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere at start, mostly flat with a couple of short tough hills near end In full: This was my first HM and I managed 2:05 which was faster than I had achieved in training, so a PB for me! Quite a big turnout - I think 4500 in the half - it being the main event, and then about 1000 in the 10k which my husband did and thought was a good course. Great atmosphere at the start, with Kelly Holmes giving a talk and handing out high fives to runners on their way past. Course was an interesting mix of scenery - pretty country lanes for the first 6ish miles, then a long straight bit. All most quite flat and all tarmac. The last mile or two was a mix of road and trail, nothing challenging, but there were a couple of killer hills, thankfully short. Save some gas for this last bit! There looked to be various food stands at the end but we didn't stick around to find out what was there. Perhaps they could have given a bit more information on what was going to be available. Race finisher shirt was ok - if on the small side. Would have been nice to have different shirts for 10k and half finishers rather than the same for all. I'm sure I'll be back to do this race again. Date of review: September 21, 2016
In short: Good event - need to tie up a few pieces In full: Brilliant route, lovely running round Kew and along Thames toe path, the field at the end was such a bore - I felt sorry for the half & marathon runners who had to go round even further. The Thames Path was very lumpy in parts and not conducive to quick running as you were concentrating on where you were going. Road shoes were ok as it hadn't rained too much, but it could be a mud bath if it had rained more Bag drop - very efficient, at the end it would've been nice if they'd have kept them in the trailer instead of putting it on the wet floor Goody Bag - hmmm T-shirt and medal were nice, water, lucozade and coconut water were ok, not much point in giving people e energy gals and jelly beans at the end
In short: Flat and lovely. In full: A lovely route through some lovely little villages and beautiful fields. Very flat, definite PB potential.
A decent medal and t-shirt was a nice reward at the end too.
I got there 10 minutes before the start due to getting lost and the baggage people had left so I had to leave my bag with the refreshment van. Lesson for me to leave more time.
My only pointer really would be that there isn't much water provided on route for a 10 mile race, one small cup at 5 miles. You did get a bottle on finishing though which was welcome! Luckily I had brought my own water as it was a hot day, I think I would have really struggled during the race had I not done so.
Overall though a lovely race that I would definitely do again. Date of review: September 21, 2016
In short: Very little road, lots of loops In full: It's never a good start when the race director says before starting the race "not everything is quite how we wanted it to be". I did the marathon - there were nowhere near enough toilets at the start even for the 700 runners doing that race - so I dread to think what it was like when the 10k and half marathon runners started an hour later. The first three miles of the marathon went through Kew Gardens - crashing into the 8000 or so people arriving to start the 10k and half an hour later. From there it was on the Thames Towpath (mainly) to Hampton Court, and then turning round, to come back again. But, on the way back, there were several loops where you ran in the wrong direction, only to turn round and go back again. Long sections of the course had no support - a couple of the water stops weren't there at all - and then the final three miles were dreadful - a short section on a narrow pavement (single file) trying to weave past the back runners in the 10k and the half marathon (some of them literally walking.) The final mile you could see the finish - every time you got close, you got diverted off. When I finished I crossed the line around the same time as half marathon and 10k runners - would have been better to have separate finish funnels. Also, on the course the mile markers were sporadic, and placed almost randomly (according to my Garmin some were 400yds early, some half a mile late.) Instead of getting a goody bag at the finish it was 'help yourself' - but no bags available. I got the distinct impression that the Marathon was an afterthought on the day. Date of review: September 21, 2016
In short: A couple of small issues but otherwise a fantastic race In full: This is my second time running the half marathon event and, due to the inclusion of the new marathon, there were a couple of changes since last year. The races start in Kew Gardens and, due to the addition of the new marathon distance, the 10K and half marathon races now start together. There are still waves, based on projected finish times, although these didn't seem to work quite as well as last year. The Kew part of the course has also been changed to take in more of the gardens. Unfortunately, whilst the scenery is wonderful, some of the narrower paths lead to a lot of blocking during the first mile, since some of the runners were either in the wrong wave or had been over-optimistic about their ability. This made it hard to keep a rhythm and my first mile was slower than I would have liked. However, once past the first mile, it became a lot easier. The course runs from Kew up the river to Richmond before doubling back to the deer park via Ham House. It is very scenic, although the towpath is quite lumpy and bumpy so there are points where you need to watch your footing rather than admire the views. Water stations were better organised this year and have bottled water as well as sports drinks. You'll need to bring your own gels if you use them since there weren't any gels or snacks for the marathon runners. Despite the slower first mile I still managed to blitz my PB and got a sub-2 hour finish for the first time ever, so I'm very happy with the race overall. It's a mostly-flat course although the ground was rough in places and there were a few puddles from recent rains - however, road shoes should be fine. It isn't the cheapest race but you do get a bling-tastic medal and a decent T-shirt (available in male or female, if ladies want a more fitted shirt). There's also beer at the finish but I was more interested in the chilled coconut water. Other than that, there aren't really any goodies in the goody bag - I suspect the intention was to get runners to shop at the expo at the finish. I would have liked somewhere to change, other than the finish line portaloos that had a huge queue, as it was a warm day and my running vest was soaking. Not really a problem for the men who could shuck their wet shirts in public, but not good for us ladies. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the race and would definitely come back again.
In short: Beautiful race In full: Instructions were sent nice and early via email. Parking on the day was ample. Registration was well organised. The start line was around 3 or 4 minutes away. Here there was a real informal approach. No gimmicks no frills and tons of Barking dogs. Off we went over some lovely rroute.There were regular waterstops but no food or snacks. However at halfway there was a lovely buffet set out in a pub garden. The second half of the route was even more beautiful - gorgeous green hills and breathtaking views. There was even a well placed icecream van about 2/3 of the way. The end was punctuated by a killer hill but it was totally doable and set in a lovely wooden area.
Cons - the event wasn't chip timed but that didn't bother me. The dogs were a new experience - loud and snappy at times. At 2 or 3 points the signs were little confusing and I had to wait for a proper adulty adult to tell me which way to go :)
Pros - the cost, informal atmosphere, the route, the medal was stunning, cake and more cake, weather. Date of review: September 21, 2016
In short: Superb organisation, brilliant atmosphere, lovely course In full: What a lovely event. I had some reservations about running through the tunnels but they were a joy to run through, clean, cool and so fresh that it felt like running in an air conditioned room. Very friendly marshals and the superb organisation made this event a very good day. Date of review: September 20, 2016