In short: Should be in your calendar In full: 2nd year for me and i'll be back next year. Well organised. Great atmosphere with over 1,000 runners - a real mix from speedsters to fun runners. The (very noisy) band part way round was uplifting! Recommended. Date of review: May 7, 2015
In short: Great little race, shame not more participants In full: I think this might be the smallest race I've ever done. There were 20 ladies running of all abilities from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. It takes place in a small country park close to Heathrow and alongside the M25 and BA's HQ. Planes go overhead every minute or so.
Trail shoes are probably a good idea as it's all off-road but road shoes would be ok if it's not been raining beforehand.
You meet in a car park (there are toilets available). The start and finish is a chalk line on the path. The race was well marshaled and marked. A bit twisty and a few small hills to keep you busy but what goes up must come down.
At the end we were presented with a large medal and a carnation. Thank you to the marshals and officials who stood out in the pouring rain, and the results were delivered by email this morning, very efficient. A great little race - definitely deserves far more participants. Date of review: May 7, 2015
In short: Good race, despite the weather! In full: Second time doing this race, a well organized race with definite PB potential if the weather is kind on you. Unfortunately this year saw gusty winds with rain and even hail at one point which made for a challenging run.
Despite the weather, the marshals were friendly and encouraging, and spectators did their bit too. Parking was easy, and the race is good value at £11 including chip timing and a medal. Only minor criticism was the lack of bag storage - I ended up leaving my bag in my car and had to run with car-keys in my pockets, not ideal.
Overall a good race and I will return, let's hope for better weather next year! Date of review: May 7, 2015
In short: 3rd MK marathon , 2012 a monsoon, 2013 boiling, 2015 lovely running conditions , if a little warm. PB 3.52.08 In full: A lovely finish in Stadium, lots of underpasses. Wish they could put up directions for VIP parking, nightmare if you don't know MK.lots of water/ drink stations , with toilets as well. 1st MK marathon 4.16, 2nd MK 4.04 , 3rd PB 3.52.08 Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Very pleased to have made this my second marathon got a PB as well In full: From the moment I turned up at the school to park the car and get my number it could not have been easier. I then put my own drink in the box and knew that it would be waiting for me at the 30km mark. We then all made our way to start and we were off, from start to finish the marshals were great support. A few hills along the way and the sun came out this is a race that you should do, Hog roast as well could not ask for more Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Simply brilliant In full: Absolutely loved this 60 mile 2 day ultra. 140 entrants, runners and walkers, with an overnight stay in a school hall. The New Forest is full of gravel trails - so be prepared to run on a hard gravelly surface, but there was heathland and woodland trails as well. The weather was pretty good, although we did get a good soaking at the start of the second day. And got pretty wet wading through a knee deep ford (great fun!). Neil Thubron, director of X-NRG events was the guest speaker on Saturday night - very inspirational and motivational. Great checkpoint feed stations, well marked route (barely looked at map or GPS), brilliant camaraderie, excellent organisation. Cannot recommend this ultra more! Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: A Run Of Two Parts In full: The organisation on the day was fairly seemless. I had no problem colecting my race pack and had plenty of time to change and get to the start. The starting procedure (releasing each pen with a two minute gap)was well intentioned but really needed some separation of the differing pens in the starting enclosure in order to work properly. Not the end of the world though. Personally I preferred the first few miles which were run on the roads through Central MK. There was more space and it was easier to stick to a pace and keep a good rhythm. Once the route entered the redways, it was not easy to run with any consistency. The ups/downs/bends of the underpasses were quite frustrating and tiring; there were no real stretches during which you could run at a constant pace. Ok, the weather was a bit warm as well which probably contributed towards fatigue but a decent straight, flat open run in to the stadium would have been great! The stadium finsish was fantastic as were the bag collection and other post run "formailities". I could not whole-heartedly recommend this a first marathon but will probably give it another go if only to lay the ghosts of those underpasses! Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: A great race as always! In full: I've ran this 3 times now, what I love is that there's no bunching and you can crack on with your own race, not getting frustrated in the hold up. Great marshalling, nice 'village fate' atmosphere post run. Always a decent turn out along the railway path to cheer you along at the end. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Poorly organised, lack of signeage/marshals caused mayhem In full: Around the last mile, many runners went the wrong way, causing a diversion onto main roads. Organiser said signs went missing. Personally, I thought not enough marshals were used for the race. Also, the medals were terrible - cheap medals with poorly (cheaply) made cut out, printed pieces of paper stuck onto them. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: outstanding event, exceptional organisation, an event really looks after everyone In full: Outstanding event, extraordinary friendliness and value for money, excellent organisation (including the Race Director re-allocating hundreds of numbers when people withdrew through injury). Every runner should experience this event. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: outstanding organisation, friendliness, attention to detail, value for money In full: Best-organised, most friendly marathon of the 150 completed so far. Outstanding on every front. ANY runner should do this event. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: challenging course, incredible organisation, brilliant ! In full: I had only done major maras and a few other big ones before and did not know what to expect on a 300 entry event, thinking it may be low key and I would be running remotely - what an incredible surprise from beforehand with what was excellent pre-race information and communications, to the day with the perfect and friendly organisation, a great atmosphere between all runners (I ran and chatted with so many), the marshalling and course signage was amazing, there were so many refreshment (water/orange/coke/food !) stops, great support from all of the villages on route, and a free hog roast and beer afterwards. The course was a bit more hilly than I expected so maybe not PB potential for softies like me but was very scenic every step of the way. This is a 'must-do' event and I would mark it 100% plus on all counts. Thank you Gillingham Trotters, you are an example for all other clubs to learn from. Date of review: May 6, 2015