In short: River, rain, friends and fun In full: This was a lovely marathon along The Thames in Reading, Berkshire, even though it rained throughout. As a lapped marathon you aren't on your own for too long which makes it very friendly regardless of where you are, and for me that's usually at the back or near enough. There are runners of all abilities, but it wasn't elitist which was great.
The aid station had lots of goodies to keep you going and you went past it twice on each lap, what could be better!
The organisation by Paul Ali and his volunteers was perfect making it a stress free registration and start to the marathon. They were all really encouraging during the marathon and made sure that you were ok.
Would I run it again, for sure. Even in the rain, this was still a really good way to spend an evening!
In short: Scenic, well organised, great atmosphere In full: This was a superbly organised race following a scenic route along the South East's finest beaches and bays. The organisation was superb; everything that can be irritating about larger events was no issue. Ample parking, no queues for toilets, efficient bag drops and bottles of water given out en route (no choking from a paper cup!). The marshalls were very friendly and supportive. Very highly recommended. Date of review: September 7, 2016
In short: Challenging, scenic, friendly well organised Trail Half & Marathon In full: A really nice well chosen mixture, of flat, hilly, trail, forest track, track and some road. Friendly with great organisation and marshalls. A mixture of abilities and experience in the runners. I've done about 7 halfs but this was my first trail half and I think my favourite. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: September 7, 2016
In short: First timer. . Thrilled to bits In full: Jon Hol (race director) and team were great. The first half a little tougher than expected but I couldn't fault it.the second half was flatter. The marshals and water stations were supportive and quite cheery to help us along the way .. A full marathon as my first race was all about the fun and I had a blast Brilliant day. Can't fault it Many thanks to all who contributed even the spectators Date of review: September 7, 2016
In short: so much support In full: Atmosphere was amazing throughout. Crowd cheering that keeps you going that little bit faster. Mile markers and highly visible directions throughout. It was my first marathon and I think the level of support received makes this a good event for anyone. Touch of head wind in parts. But as stated in the title, it’s a coastal marathon. Overall loved it. Date of review: September 7, 2016
In short: Has great potential but need to get the route marking sorted In full: This the first year this was held so can to a certain extent forgive the teething problems. The good - Almost entirely off road in the glorious West Dorset countryside around Bridport. The marshals were very helpful, especially regarding directions. Which brings me on the only negative but a major one. Not all direction changes were clearly marked and myself and a number of other runners i met during and spoke to afterwards got lost, in some instances quite majorly. Near the end, after 17miles and over 4hrs we were completely lost and just headed towards the sound of the main road to get our bearings, we then had a hairy sprint down a short section of this to get to the lane leading to the finish, not a great way to end. In fairness to the organisers they said someone had been removing the direction markers. This is a very tough route but the views after the climbs make up for this. The aid stations were well stocked and had bottles of water. I would probably do it again if the route markers are sorted out. Date of review: September 7, 2016
In short: Friendly charity run In full: A lovely run which was well marked with clear signs and friendly, enthusiastic marshalls. Good organisation and could easily welcome a larger field of runners, which would be great for the charity. Would definitely do it again. Date of review: September 6, 2016
In short: Well organised, great value 10k In full: Well organised 3 loop race with a mix of club runners and others - not many over the hour mark but friendly enough. Water station and finish worked well, results timely and nice presentation afterward, club house has good facilities and teas and cake. Well recommended. Date of review: September 6, 2016
In short: A better route than last year! In full: Another great medal and the route was better since last year; not on the main road / more scenic. I will be back next year! Date of review: September 6, 2016
In short: A great race. In full: Felt compelled to give some feedback as this is a great race - well worth the trip for me. Surely a no brainer if you live locally! Very slick set up and lovely encouragement from marshals all round what is a very attractive, mostly quiet country lanes, pleasantly undulating course. A running club race put on for runners! Thank you Kenilworth Runners. Date of review: September 6, 2016
In short: Brilliant race, great marshals and fantastic scenery In full: As usual Thanet Roadrunners have put on a really well organised race. The Race HQ is well set up and had very short queues for the timing chips and toilets at the start and was close to loads of free parking just by the start/finish and Race HQ. A nice bonus this year were pace makers for 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15 times in the half marathon to help everyone along a bit, you really couldn't miss them with their bright coloured tops on! The marshals (as usual for this race) were super friendly and supportive (big thanks guys!) and well organised water stations handing out small bottles of water was perfect. The course itself really shows off the East Kent coast and running along the cliff tops above Broadstairs gives you some great views during the run. It is a little "undulating" but what goes up has to come down so you can make up for the ups with a few welcoming downhill stretches. The start/finish area was really well organised with a big clock to help with the motivation at the end to get a bit of a sprint in and the announcer giving a shout out to the runners at the end was a great motivator as well. The medal, and technical T-shirt (nice and bright for Autumn training) were great and just these alone make for a good price for the race. Bottom line, the race is really well organised, the course is picturesque and I'd highly recommend it. Date of review: September 6, 2016
In short: A very well organised race In full: To find a town centre blocked off to mark race direction with barriers is unusual. Main problem,if any, we came to a stop twice not long after start when traversing the underpass.
Definite PB potential and really well organised, especially with pre race information Date of review: September 6, 2016
In short: Very Freiendly Marshalls, well organised and great value In full: Run in conjunction with a half marathon, which makes perfect sense. Felt sorry for the marshals especially those on the second half of the course with only 137 runners in the full marathon spread over a long time span. Date of review: September 5, 2016