In short: Great day from start to finish, organisation,race route,friendly marshals and supportive fellow runners, recommend to anyone who want's a different kind of challenge Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Challenging but extremely worthwhile In full: This was my first marathon and what an incredible experience it was. Well organised, friendly marshalls and well stocked feed stations. It is a challenge but totally rewarding. You are guaranteed to feel epic at the end. Highly recommended but training is a must. Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable In full: I so enjoyed this race, the scenery wasn't always picturesque but very nice and really interesting in places. I thought all marshals and additional support was excellent and it was challenging without being a killer; running round the track was lovely too. Having the children's fun runs round the track directly before the main race was great. I thought it was one of the most enjoyable 10ks I've done, yes despite the naff medal! Thank you. Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Not for the faint hearted In full: A difficult marathon. The views, friendly marshalls and fellow runners make this a great run. If you're after a pb, no chance. If you're after a friendly, well run race, this is the one for you. Some major hills, particularly the first 3 miles and around mile 21. Nice medal and t shirt, plus for an extra 20 quid you can bag yourself a hoodie. Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Hot & hilly but would come back for more! In full: A very well organised event from the directional signage to the car park, helpful and encouraging marshalls, organised registration desk, drink stations on route and toilet facilities to the scenic route itself!
The route was very challenging, especially in the hot conditions so no pb here but who cares!
In short: I cant believe its not butter..!! In full: Excellent race...3rd year entering and running this one, and i will be back next year too. The route is great a real lively mixed bag of terrain, the atmosphere is great , the organisation is fantastic and the marshals and helpers are very supportive and i cant fault them. Nice hilly route, plenty of great views and a super start/finish area in the park..great for family and spectators. 100% recommended. Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Very tough, very friendly, very rewarding. Do it now! In full: What a superb marathon this is. Absolutely stunning scenery which is your reward for a brutal course. All the marshals and organisers are so friendly, they really make the day. Plenty of encouragement and kind words around the course from them and also fellow runners. A real sense of "we're in this madness together, let's do it!". Looking forward to next year :-) Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Excellent (and fast!) new 10k event In full: This was the inaugural year for what will hopefully become a regular fixture on the running calendar. It wasn’t without the usual teething problems associated with new races – the pre-race information was released very late and I’m sure they would have learned a lot about how they can improve on-the-day registration. But theres not a lot else that needs changing to turn this into one of the best 10k’s in the region.
The course was advertised as flat and fast and for once this wasn’t an exaggeration. The first 8k’s were on smooth, flat, wide roads. Except there must have been a subtle gradient in there somewhere as kilometre 9 was all downhill. Meaning just as you would normally be tiring you are instead propelled forward and can’t help but finish strongly as you return to the start / finish along the Embankment.
Add to the super-fast course a lovely starting location, a bright sunny day, a friendly atmosphere and a family festival in the adjoining park and you have a very enjoyable event. I hope to see it return. Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Friendly, well-organised and hilly with beautiful scenery In full: First time running the rock. A great race, well organised, cheery and encouraging marshals. Stunning scenery, lots of hills but also lots of downs! Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: A superbly organised marathon along testing terrain with stunning natural scenery. In full: This was my first marathon distance event and I absolutely loved it! From arrival it was clear the event was very well organised. Feed stations were spot on. The route is superb and very challenging but well worth the post finish leg pains and bruised toes! 2997ft of ascent is tough going. The staff and volunteers are a credit to Phil the organiser. Well done to everyone involved. I'll be back next year to finish stronger and faster. Date of review: June 8, 2015
In short: Significant improvements and a lovely course in a less-than-scenic area In full: This is now my local race and I'd heard bad things about previous years' running, though I hadn't run it before. The course in particular I know has been changed drastically and I found this year's course made very good use of the local area. Parts of the route went through areas that people who have lived here for decades didn't even know about! There was one turning where marshalling was a little unclear (around 6.5k, a left turn around Little Lines park) but that was the only fault in otherwise excellent marshalling and signage. Starting and finishing with a lap of the track was a particular high point for me.
I should note that I couldn't care less about what the medals look like! though I know it's important to other people. What I care about is an accurate course with nice scenery, good support, underpinned by good organisation and a nice atmosphere. I got those at the 2015 Medway 10k. Thank you Nice work! Date of review: June 8, 2015