In short: Another excellent race In full: This was my 3rd time at North Linc's half and it was excellent yet again in spite of the weather! Marshalls were fantastic, plenty of water stations and a jelly baby zone! There was the added bonus of pacers this year as well which I think helped me get a massive pb! Highly recommended and I'll be back next year! Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: PB smashed again In full: Even though the weather was poor this year, the organisation, dedication and attention to detail makes this race special. A truly flat course with a great stadium finish. Communication from beginning to end has been fantastic. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Lovely route, well organised. I will definitely enter again next year. In full: One of the best road marathons in the racing colander: lots of variety, undulations and a few hills, great marshals, plenty of water stops (including jellies, Jaffa’s etc), mile markers and 10/20/30km markers, route flattens out for the last 4-5 miles and lovely finish down the trailway (disused railway). Great medal and t-shirt, free hog roast and massage. The finish is just a short walk from the well organised race village. Fantastic atmosphere enhanced by the concurrently run relay, which has lively change over points. Highly recommended experience. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: An excellent, well organised race, fantastic location, and challenging In full: Done this race 3 times and enjoyed it every time. It is undulating and therefore challenging, a race I want to do again to beat my previous times. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Picturesque run, hillier than previous runs though In full: Organisation could be better, need more marshals to ensure kids runs (esp 1k) were clearer, perhaps a pacer to lead them. Mistake delayed everything. Having said that kids were all happy especially with goodie bags!! If I'm honest I prefer the old route for the 10k, it's not about the hills (well almost) but I'd rather not do a loop twice. Having said that it's local and I will be back!! Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Ideal for first event In full: A very low key event,well marshalled, nice course with a challenging hill. As previous feedback, loos and parking will be an issue if the event gets bigger. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: This race restored my faith in humanity. In full: Bloody brilliant. What an event this is!!! Organisation could not have been better, the course is fast and it's the marshals were something else. They stood there for hours in the torrential rain cheering us on. It was truly heart warming.
Race HQ was pretty cool too. I'm not one for Scunthorpe United FC but it was a bit of a privilege to be changing in the away team dressing room.
I was initially sceptical about the fairly high entry fee but during the event I could really see where that money was being spent. Brilliant medal, t-shirt and cake at the end.
Without any shadow of doubt I'll be back next year.
Big thanks to the marshals. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Great way to spend a bank holiday In full: Great day out helped by sunny weather at a nice run with a great local feel. A fun 'may the fourth be with you' theme too. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: positively uplifting life experience; like a giant hug, a positive tidal wave of goodwill to carry you blissfully to the finish In full: A must-do marathon event; with hospitality and attention to detail that really makes you feel part of something very special. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Half Marathon Extreme In full: A small group of mad people, undulating does not come close with a 1:5 hill at 6 miles in. Listening to others, strategy was to finish, and when the hill kicks in walk ! Great atmosphere for a small event, various support on route from the locals - well appreciated :-) Great team spirit to finish, well marshalled and organised. Many thanks to Ruth for getting me through the last 2 miles, good new friend :-) Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Good and bad! In full: Disaster with the children's 1k!!! Not enough marshalls, children went the wrong way and therefore did a short distance and then were made to run again!!!! They loved the sweets filled goody bags though and did enjoy but even second time round as a parent wasn't sure where they were finishing and for both races the finish behind stalls compared to last year's sensible straight was disappointing. This delayed the 10k but I had seen the info about closed roads so we were ok on that front. Adult race hilly but good course. Ran out of goody bags (I should have been quicker!) overall pleased with numbers sent out before the day but definitely lacking in marshalls and a return to last year's finish so it can be seen for all races suggested. 1k could also have been taped to stop spectators crossing and help runners know where they were going. Potentially a great local family race which I hope can be improved next year. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: A great local event. In full: I arrived at the event and was surprised at the turnout. No doubt encouraged by the good weather and this scenic village lots of runners of all abilities arrived to a seamless check in. I had a short wait to collect my race number and waited for the one toilet before the start. Attentive marshals at each point through stunning countryside made for a memorable race. This could become very popular. Organisers take note! Parking and toilets please :-) Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Wet, windy, flooded but great In full: Well organised. Flat, good marshalling, lots of support on a terrible day for weather. Managed a PB which was wonderful. Over 75% on my age grading. Car parking was a bit cramped and some had difficulty getting out of space Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Could have been better organised! In full: Road leading to the park was blocked, no pre-warning! Parked on a road called 'The Chase'. How spooky was that! Race started 15 min late, no goody bag at the end (run out!). Would I do it again? NO!! Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Beautiful, fun & friendly In full: Gillingham Trotters did a fantastic job laying on this event. Arrival, registration and all your pre-run stuff was quick & easy. The race was run along some lovely country roads (a few hills every now and again) and the marshalls were all fantastic. Everyone I ran alongside had a friendly word to spare and it was all rounded off with a nice medal, t-shirt & a hog roast. Great value & a great event. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Worth the trip, and the drenching! In full: It's a shame you can't organise the weather, this was the wettest race I've ever run. It didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the marshals though who were all excellent. Drawbacks of this race: a long & soggy hike to the start, no portaloos en route. Plus points: first rate race HQ, plenty of drinks stations, jelly bean station half way, great support throughout, well organised race, flat & scenic. Will definitely be back. Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Brilliantly organised - challenging course In full: I'll lay my cards on the table - I am a Gillingham Trotter so have always helped as a marshall but this year I choose the race to make my marathon debut. It was an amazing experience. Expertly organised, as ever. Brilliant marshalls and loads of places for supporters to cheer you on (in fact the roads are so quiet they could practically follow you in the car!). Thank you to Ines and all the Trotters and other helpers for a fantastic experience, I know how much work goes into this event from people being out at first light on the day putting out signs to others running the course the next day on a litter pick. Maybe not the easiest marathon to choose as my first one but hey I got to sleep in my own bed and was back home by 2pm! Date of review: May 4, 2015
In short: Race is organised by runners for runners, and it shows. One of best organised events I've entered in more than 33 years running In full: Despite the torrential rain, this event ran like clockwork. Glanford Park is the perfect HQ, with all the facilities needed and plenty of toilets, although there was some issues for some getting to and from the carpark. Race set off 5 minutes late to allow some latecomers to get to the start, but those waiting were kept informed by tannoy. Roads totally closed to traffic and mainly flat and fast. Marshals and drink stations were fantastic (bottles AND cups of water available), considering the heavy rain, and jelly babies and jelly beans at a couple of points was a bonus. Atmosphere in the stadium for the finish was fantastic and at the finish everyone received a bottle of water, medal, excellent technical t-shirt, sports bag containing crisps, sweets, chocolate and flyers. Excellent value. At the prize giving there were cups and cash prizes for all categories for 1,2 and 3 up to Vet 70+. First event I put into my race organiser every year, I'll definitely be back next year Date of review: May 4, 2015