In short: Superb friendly and well organized loved it In full: This marathon is highly recomended. The organization and friendliness of everyone makes it a fantastic experience to be part of. The crowds although not as large as a big city marathon were lively and full of encouragement. I cannot recomend this race highly enough Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Spectacularly Great Race! In full: Race was very well organised. Spacious race village with lots of facilities. Huge support from the friendly marshals. Great entertainment in the villages. Fantastic course which is challenging enough to be interesting but still achievable by less experienced runners. The varied scenery was amongst the best I've seen at a race. Top quality T-shirt, a beautiful 2-sided medal and a great goody bag at the finish. 5 star race! Date of review: October 8, 2014
In full: It was my first time running the Clarendon Way marathon and I will definitely be back. The route was scenic as promised with some nice hills to test the legs.
The thing that made it for me was that the marshalling was top notch with great signage, there were so many people out helping and this made such a difference with a friendly word at each turn and no troubles at all when crossing roads etc as everyone executed their role perfectly and seemed genuinely happy to be there. Those running the race were all good humoured and I had a good few chats along the way (mainly about hills!) which added to the friendly feel of the event.
The course is hilly and Farley mount tests the legs on 20 miles with a challenging last 6 miles, this isn't a flat plod but a great event you will remember. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Perfect organisation yet again In full: This event really can not be faulted. From the moment you sign up, you get regular information and even invited to training runs. On the day there is a kids fun run within the safe area of the race course. The day runs like clockwork. Roads are closed, so traffic free. Lots of toilets, lots of drinks, even plenty of gels. Great medal and t-shirt. Support from everyone on the day was fantastic. I will certainly be back again next year. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Great race,first class organisation In full: this was my 7th marathon and the best! lovely to be congratulated by Chris Hulse as I crossed the finish line. Would make the trip from Oxford again!
In short: Great Run along the seafront In full: Really enjoyable course, the first half lulls you into a false sense of security that its an easy course however just a couple of big hill thrown in to test your metal! The toughest of which is at 18 miles as you pass the finish line without crossing it! Makes even the strongest wills want to sneak over the finish line rather than face the last 8 miles!
The support is constant and there aren't any lonely sections, the people of Bournemouth were a great support. However had the weather not been kind I think it could've been a bit bleaker!
Overall a Great Marathon and Yes I would do it again! It's a pity that the organisers of Bournemouth, Basingstoke & Clarendon way can't get together and organise their events on different days! Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Excellently organised within facilites and start within close proximity, reducing pre race nerves! In full: The race was second to none for organisation and updates and also the information sent along with the race number. The location was excellent being central and handy for public transport. I must also add we stayed at the Crown Plaza right near the race course and it was excellent would definitely recommend it. On the day everything went smoothly and it was nice to be able to hand my bag in, go the loo (twice) and be at the start line all within 20 minutes. The race itself was very undulating with definite hills which did come as a bit of a shock as a friend who had previously ran it said flat with a bit of a hill at the end! However, despite this I got a PB and knocked nearly 4 minutes off my last marathon in 2012 (London). This was a very friendly race and I ran half of it with a lady from West Yorkshire who kept me going (thank you). Other runners were also friendly and offered bits of banter which does make a different because there are long periods where there are no spectators to support. However, the welcome as you approach the finish line was excellent. I have only scored a maybe as far as doing it again purely because I don't have many marathons left in me and I have decided to try different races. The follow up emails I have received following the race just complete the whole experience. This is definitely a race not to miss but best do some hill training as although all the hills were easily achievable in normal circumstances after running 20 miles they can be hard going. Just one last comment is the pacers. I think this is a great idea and I am sure were very much appreciated. Well done to all organisers and volunteers. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: The organisation of the race is second to none. The scenery around Loch Ness is amazing. Lots of drinks/ energy stations en route.. Crowd support in the villages and Inerness is great, it can be a bit sparse around the Loch. marath Date of review: October 7, 2014