In short: It is a convenient local scenic race without any traffic or roads. I have done about 9 of them over the last few years and love the personal challenge and the variety of runners that come Date of review: November 1, 2014
In short: Ran it last 2 years got PBs last 2 years. In full: My favourite Half Marathon bar none. No problems parking, no problems registering all like clockwork. Love the scenic route through Clumber Park. I have ran this event for the last 2 years and got a PB both times. I will be back every year if i am able to. Date of review: November 1, 2014
In short: Well-organised friendly and rewarding race In full: This race is excellent value - t-shirt, medal, bag (and up to 12 free hair bands!). Split times are printed out and handed to you with your medal as soon as you pass the finish line, which is pretty awesome. It's a friendly race, run in laps so you get to pass your supporters regularly and get cheered on. The scenery is lovely, grass, past a picturesque pond, through woodland and a couple of hills thrown in to make it a challenging race as well. I run this every year and it is one of my favourite races. It's a tough course, but I would thoroughly recommend it. :-) Date of review: October 31, 2014
In short: Loved my hometown race In full: I was injured last year so couldn't take part in the inaugural running of this race, so I was determined to do it this year. Overall, I thought it was a fab event (and, as I'm from Luton, I'm trying not to be too biased!).
The route did unfortunately come out about 0.3 miles short - the organisers stated afterwards this was down to human error and the turn in Luton Hoo at 3/4 miles should have been a bit further along the estate road. A bit of a shame (especially as I was on for a massive PB), but I s'pose mistakes can and do happen, and one would assume this will be easily rectified next time.
That aside, I thought it was a great course. A cool start round the Stockwood Park athletics track, a bit of scenery heading into Luton Hoo, and then the rest urban - before finishing in front of the town hall in the town centre. Seen a few comments on social media saying they found the course quite hilly - but I disagree. There were a couple of short inclines (the last one around one mile from the end tests tired legs!), but that course was about as flat as you're going to get in Luton - and misses out all the town's major hills.
One big plus was running on traffic-free roads. Unfortunately, though, some disgruntled locals spent more time whinging in the local press that they couldn't go for a Sunday morning drive than they did getting out of their homes to support the runners.
The support from those who did line the route (and the marshals) was really good, though.
New races do take some time to establish and it's evident there's been a few teething problems both last year and this. But I would say there's huge potential for this event to grow and grow. Date of review: October 31, 2014
In short: What goes up ....... In full: My 80th marathon & one of the best so far. Finished in 4:03 & was pleased that I ran it all (just!). Views to die for & the weather behaved itself. Some food on route & on the finish line & rubbish bags on route would be recommended improvements. Felt embarrassed to litter on route but there was no other option. Really enjoyed the run. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: The greatest racing experience of my life In full: Absolutely incredible experience. Faultless organisation, a beautiful course which had everything from tough descents to breathtaking descents and a wonderful atmosphere amongst the runners. I enjoyed every step even the hill at Waunfawr at 22 miles and being outsprinted by a guy dressed as a dog at the end! This could become addictive. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Just wonderful In full: After hanging up my marathon shoes 10 years ago I don't know what made me enter Snowdon but I'm so glad I did. Smooth and low-key organisation keeps race stress to a minium, and the lovely organisers, marshalls, crowds, runners and locals mean that you can really enjoy your race. A relatively small field for a marathon meant that I crossed the start line in 15 seconds and you never have to dodge other runners. Crowds are fairly minimal outside the towns but where they do exist they are noisy and fun. A special mention must go to the 'Tour de France Yorkshire'-style crowds in Beddgelert who are mental.
I had a great race - it really isn't too bad until the 22 mile and *that* hill - and the downhill finish is awesome - did my fastest 1.5 miles right at the end!
Frequent water stations, many (but not all?) with isotonic drinks and gels. There is also food at the end but I didn't quite feel like it so not sure what that was like.
Great t-shirt and memento. Overall a brilliant race, not as scary as some make out. Didn't quite get my 3:45 but it's such a fab race that for once it didn't matter. Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Lovely, lovely race ! In full: A magical place to run. A challenge, yes, but those views and the atmosphere make it a really memorable experience. OK, I'm biased as I've run it 19 times but I'll be back again !! Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: My new favourite race - despite the hills! In full: Only my second marathon and my first 'SNOD'. Just a fantastic day - my love of running has gone up yet again after this race. Beautiful scenery, amazing volunteers and crowd and a wonderful challenge to overcome. Three hills - the last one being utter torture - but to be honest, I felt better at the end of this marathon than I did after London earlier this year. I'll definitely run this again. If you've ever thought about doing this race - DO IT! :) Date of review: October 30, 2014
In short: Second time for me In full: Second time, easier as I knew where to go but the signs were better this year, nice atmosphere with very little jostling at the start. Great Marshalls. For me it was the slowest 10k ive ever done only because I paced a first timer round - which made it the most satisfying 10k ive ever done. Will be back for year 3 next year Date of review: October 30, 2014