In short: Hilly! In full: Brilliant event - very challenging but it's well worth doing, great support throughout the course! There's a killer hill at the end, a proper leg wobbler but once you've done it you'll feel like you've had a good work out! Date of review: April 29, 2016
In short: Lovely race, great location, fantastic support, shame about the start... In full: I really enjoyed this race, the support from the locals and the marshals (and especially a group of Scouts near the end!) was fantastic. Nice touch going across the Itchen Bridge, nice run through art Mary's Stadium (might be worth letting spectators in next time...). Lovely course, nice and fast.
But, the start needed to be a whole lot clearer - the race actually started before the gantry, which is where anyone except those at the very front would have expected it to start. The massed start meant we were well beyond the gantry before we could actually start running.
Once beyond that blip, it was a lovely race, I'd happily do it again next year. Date of review: April 29, 2016
In short: Mixed feelings In full: I am always amused by comments about goodie bags, etc... I didn't have any issues with bag drop as I arrived in plenty of time and was organised! The run is undulating and has literally no flat stretches which makes it interesting. Date of review: April 28, 2016
In short: A fantastic early season opener with a nice hill in the middle In full: This is the second time I have completed the Pensford 10K. I have really enjoyed both races. The event is very well organised and retains a lovely community feel. There is a good mix of very good club runners, average athletes and beginners. The local villages support the runners which provides a much needed lift especially before and after a cheeky hill half way through. A well organised event with a fantastic atmosphere and solid community feel. I'll be back next year. Date of review: April 28, 2016
In short: A well-run, firendly event In full: The Shakespeare Marathon is a great alternative to that other spring event, with a friendly feel throughout, coupled with great organisation. The first mile around the town is a bit of a bun-fight as there are no starting pens as such - I even overtook someone in a jumper! - but after that it soon settles down, with those running the Half slowly but surely tracking down those doing the Full.
The course splits at 12 miles and has a couple of ups along the way, with the second of these being a longish, gradual ascent before you drop (literally) back down to earth. They are understandably a little tougher the second time around when you are tired, but nothing to really worry about and the rest of the course is pretty flat.
Support out in the sticks is surprisingly vocal at times, with pockets of supporters all along the greenway, and you finish by the banks of the river, with your name being announced over the tannoy. Date of review: April 27, 2016
In short: Great support but schoolboy error at the start In full: One of the best supported events I have attended, really helped as I was struggling in places. On the negative side missing my target time by 13 seconds was bad enough - to find out after the racing that timing started 60m before the start line just made it worse! Couple of pinch points including the Itchen Bridge. The positives definitely out weighed the negatives, great crowd and (generally) well organised. Date of review: April 27, 2016
In short: Odd distance In full: Personally I preferred the conventional 10k distance,especially as my garmin read 6.08 miles when I finished,also I don't like gun to chip as unless your standing in the front,your time is not going to be correct.on the plus side there are few more beautiful places to run than Bryn Bach,a gorgeous lake and a challenging hill,a tough race but enjoyable.i would prefer a medal instead of yet another t shirt. Date of review: April 27, 2016
In short: Some very basic organisatinal mistakes which was surprising for a race rated so highly in previous years. In full: Great support and fast course but some major organisational mistakes. Bag drop couldn't cope before the race. The start area in the cricket ground had plenty of facilities and toilets but very few of them were open so big queues before the off made lots of people late. The actual start line wasn't clearly marked and many of the mile markers (when you could see them. Don't put them at waist height !) were out. Water stations and gels were well manned but no warning of when they were coming up so I nearly missed some and had to cut over sharply. The finish area allowed non-runners in which made it too crowded just at the point when you need a bit of time to yourself. I had to wait nearly 2 hours to collect my bag and this is totally unacceptable. It started to turn cold and people had no warm clothes and couldn't get to their personal recovery food/drinks. Some marshal’s came round with space blankets which probably saved some people from becoming unwell. Several poeple in the queue had to either leave without their gear or push to the front (thus causing some unrest with others) as they had trains to catch. I, and lots of other people, measured the course and over distance and it now comes to light that previous years have been under distance. Surely this is the most fundamental part of any race ? Date of review: April 26, 2016
In short: A lovely marathon In full: I ran this as my 7th marathon and it was one of the best. The organisation was second to none. Very friendly. Lots of wonderful helpful marshals. The course is a bit challenging but the views are lovely. A superb alternative to London! Date of review: April 26, 2016
In short: Lovely stuff In full: First time here. The whole event generally had a nice vibe.
Good weather, prompt start, manageable numbers, clear instructions, a ton of marshals, a very scenic course, one or two hills to keep things interesting, bottled water, a smattering of friendly support out in the country and lots more at the finish back in Stratford. A good medal too if that sort of thing floats your boat.
The Greenway was a bit tedious over the last few miles but that was partly because I was flagging by that point.
Overall - an excellent event, well worth doing. Date of review: April 26, 2016
In short: well organised challenging run In full: My sixth Shakespeare marathon a challenging course make this a very worthwhile run. Weather was near perfect and the organisation and water stations were excellent. Great medal and the atmosphere was wonderful. This is how marathons should be. Thank you Rotary and all the marshals a great day Date of review: April 25, 2016
In short: Hard, hilly but beautiful trail run. In full: My first time running this event but definitely not my last. Certainly beats pounding the streets of London. Very well organised - from the race number collection, the parking to the marshals and water stations. I'm really looking forward to signing up for this one again next year. Date of review: April 25, 2016
In short: Decent Organisation, Surprisingly hilly, Good local support In full: Good organisation and crowd support. Not an easy course but a pleasant enough half, the second half much harder than first half. After Itchen Bridge at mile 2-3, be prepared from mile 8-11 to be climbing and dealing with constant undulations. Date of review: April 25, 2016
In short: A must-do race that brings a smile to your face. Great course and great village fete atmosphere. In full: Love this race for the course, event atmosphere and the cakes! The 2016 race was blessed with great weather and come rain or shine there's always lots of support out on the route. The route is through picturesque villages and on closed roads. Yes there are a few hills but there's lots of lovely downhills too. The main race is followed by a 4k fun run with the majority in fancy dress - a real family afternoon out. Date of review: April 25, 2016