In short: Carnival Atmosphere, Excellent Organisation In full: I have never had as much fun at a running event. I'd heard about the great atmosphere and had decided to run for the enjoyment of it, rather than aiming for a particular time - especially due to the somewhat hilly course. However, the atmosphere was so extraordinary and I had so much fun that I ended up getting an official event PB anyway, whilst enjoying every single step.
The atmosphere was equalled only by the event's excellent organisation. It ran like clockwork and I didn't see a single person looking lost or confused or frustrated, the whole time.
I'll definitely be doing this event again! Date of review: September 30, 2015
In short: The organisation and goody bag are second to none. In full: It was a hard challenge to get around. The scenery is beautiful but if you can look at it you are not doing a PB. Breathtaking. The organisation is exceptional and the number of volunteers is incredible. If you have the option between a big city "so called iconic" marathon and this one, do this one you will not be disappointed. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: A real gem of a race. In full: The course is hard but that's what makes it so rewarding. The views were breath taking, there was great support from all the Marshalls and from people in the villages that we passed through. The Steam Train at Corfe Castle was fantastic. Really well organised, great goody bag and technical t-shirt. This was only my second marathon and I preferred it to London. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Amazing scenery, organisation and fabulaous marshalls! In full: A brilliant race- one everyone must do at least once ( I have done all 4).150 marshalls/volunteers - wow and such amazing scenery especially such a sunny day. Lovely atmosphere and encouragement all the way round and great finish and goody bag- ice cream and cider this year! Truly a fantastic experience, Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Tough Run. Great Atmosphere. In full: Tough Run with Long downhill which is not as easy on the legs as you might think and some tougher Uphills along the way. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: wow wow wow!what an amazing race and experience In full: the loch ness marathons been on my bucket list since i started running races in 2010 and with the very cool medal design initially catching my eye and then the amazing feedback and reviews the race gets.as the race falls on a very popular race weekend and shares it with Berlin, Ealing, Robin Hood, Barnstaple etc etc it took a few years to get up north but boy was it worth the wait and preferred it to any of those other amazing races as it was something very special and a hidden gem that goes under the radar of many non-scots.for value it ticks all the boxes with that iconic intricate medal design, tech tshirt, pasta and soup meal for post race, coach ticket to get you to the start line which took the best poart of an hour as it takes you from the city centre and finish area up to the start area up in the highland mountains, amazing scenery, a challenging undulating course but more downhill then uphill overall, fantastic support from the marshalls and organisation.it has the feel of a big race but with care for the runner and attention to detail.bagpipe players begin the race walking down the road to the start line and sets the tone for the race and you can see why there are so many foreign runners from all over america, australia, china etc etc.i was never aware of what a gorgeous city inverness is or how friendly people thaere can be and make the race.free showers were available and live music afterwards was a nice touch.i think overall this race was top notch and was made for all levels of runner and ability, probably the friendliest race and is one i would love to do again.often i rate races well because i cant fault them on this race 5 stars isnt enough and not just faultless but excels above and beyond what a race normally offers.my favourite race out of the 130 iv done.please knight the organiser! Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Fantastic race, my favourite so far In full: This was my first attempt at the Purbeck Marathon having heard great things about it. I must say I loved it from start to finish. It`s a toughie but the scenary especially in the first half along the coastal path was magnificent. Not one for the faint hearted but I can`t wait to go back and do it again. The ice cream and bottle of cider at the finish were much appreciated. Many thanks to the organisers and marshalls for doing a great job. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: The First Event so always going to have a few problems but overall Great 10K In full: Really enjoyed this and dressed up for the first time, one of the best medals I have ever had, very impressed, a few bits to sort out but overall very good fun. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Hilly in Places but great run in mostly private estate In full: Ran for the second year, really enjoyed it, you won't get a PB but it is a good challenge and I beat last years time so I am happy. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: A good PB course In full: Nice 10km race, its not flat but the course still has PB potential (I got mine here this year). The race had a nice split of club runners & fun runners. The organisation was good, baggage storage available, toilets available but very busy. The benefit of the race being in the town is that there were a good number of spectators on the course, and the marshals were supportive.
Medal to all finishers (2 different designs), and age category prizes & team prizes available. A race I would really consider doing again. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Flat, but mind that wind!!! In full: Barnstaple isn't the first place that springs to mind when you think about doing a Autumn Marathon, but having spent most of my life in Barnstaple, the opportunity to run this race was too strong to turn down. The route is pretty much flat all the way except a little climb at about 6 miles. It takes in two 13miles loops either side of the Tarka Trail. Once out to Yelland & back, then it splits & the half marathon runners head to the finish whilst the marathon runners head through Barnstaple and out towards Wrafton and back.
If you enjoy running large portions of flat cycle path then this is ideal for you. If you prefer your scenery a little bit more varied, then this might not be your cup of tea. There is a section of the route that takes in 3 miles of Royal Commando base Chivenor and that is very quiet, exposed and personally was a bit of a struggle.
The complete unknown is always the weather, and the "Indian Summer" this year led to very warm running temperatures. There is always a breeze on the River Taw, and this year it was a strong head wind all the way back into Barnstaple meaning for a lot of tired runners for the last 5 miles or so. Not many of the runners I talked to achieved their target times.
The organisation itself was pretty slick. Number collection was easy in the Park School Sports Hall. Parking was fine. Toilets were okay (for men anyway!). Baggage storage available and good. tonnes of really helpful marshals, lots of water stops (but water is small plastic cups, which I can never drink from). Plenty of room for finishers to recover, nice medal & t-shirt but no goodie bag. Showers available at the end (nice to have). Lots of activities for the kids at race village to use whilst waiting for runners to get home. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Special event for Reigate In full: Last 1 1/2 miles were tough - off road track was like running in treacle after the road, then very tough hill up and down. But a great atmosphere in Priory Park, a real town event. (And 2 minutes off my PB but no idea how!) Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: good but has its problems In full: This was my first marathon but I've done a lot of other running races over the years. The first half is great but the second half is dull and monotonous which is a shame. What annoyed me about this race is the fact you have to collect your number on the Fri or sat before race day which is very inconvenient. This is just to get you spending money in their race village but adds massively to the race cost in petrol or extra accommodation. Please post the numbers! Also there are not enough toilets at the start, in fact it's a complete nightmare, I queued for 40 mins and only just made my wave! That made the hour before the race even more stressful than it would have been anyway. Not happy. Also fed up with all the marketing hype whilst waiting for the 2016 places to go for sale. One week places are open, then they are closed then they are opening again. For gods sake stop trying to create a frenzy and put the places up for sale! It's all very tedious once I've done this race a second time I will move to smaller less faffy marathons. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Stunning place to run with hills a plenty. Lots of marshals with a small race feel In full: I loved this race. Made for a fantastic weekend away and I would run it again. The only issue is that in the couple of weeks leading up to the race I tried to contact the organisers through email, twitter, facebook and their own website with no response. I confronted the race director about the issue and he apologised which I felt was genuine. Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: Challenging foggy run In full: Ran this one in 2011 and the route has certainly changed. It is fast but it's not flat as claimed and does have a couple of tough hills. Congested at the start and for the first few miles as you might expect in a race with so many runners. Water stations were plentiful and great marshals. Too few toilets at the start and due to their position people jumped the in rather than line up. Medal was great. Would recommend this but if you want flat run Chester or Manchester Date of review: September 29, 2015