In short: In my top Ten of 10ks In full: I've run this about five times now and it just gets better every year. Your marshals are brilliant, with so many of them on the course there's continuous encouragement and the organisation is just superb. Well done again Petts Wood, and thank you all. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Fantastic, brilliant, perfect in every way I can think of, seriously. We'd been looking forward to your event for a time, as entered early, and it didn't disappoint in the least. No hassle getting your bib number, baggage drop off or understanding t Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: A well organised enjoyable race In full: An out and back flowing course with just a few hills. Not a big entry but everyone welcome. Good facilities at the venue. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: As tough as always In full: I've done this for 4 years and it doesn't get any easier. A couple of short sharp hills coupled with tarmac and off road paths. A good mix of runners and everyone made to feel welcome. Excellent organisation with good communication throughout. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Excellent trafic free, fairly flat 10k run In full: Absolutely fabulous race, from start to finish. Easy access to large car park from junction 10 of M20. Great facilities of Julie Rose stadium. Also it was so nice to run on traffic free roads, plenty of room and also lots of spectators on the course. A big well done to all the marshals for your support and well done to the organisers. I'm just a bit disappointed with myself for not discovering the race a few years earlier when I could of run a bit quicker, but I'll definitely come back next year and try again. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Best half marathon ever In full: Amazing good fun half marathon. Very well organised and exceptional value for money with 7 feed stations including wines, a great t shirt and a fab medal as well as cake, hot drinks, hog roast and more wine at the finish. The marshals and volunteers were all superb and entered into the spirit of the race also being in fancy dress. Its not a fast race, but why rush good wine :) Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough, scenic, and beautifully organised half marathon. In full: I did the half - just up to Leith Hill and back and it was glorious. Tough hills, brilliant atmosphere, and a cooked breakfast - it is everything that a race should be. My legs ached but it put a smile on my face. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: nice small race In full: Six times round the reservoir was great for spectators, also no-one got lost. Small in number but very friendly run. Water station at the end of each lap. Will do this run again. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Fantastic new event, great marshalls, fab facilities In full: Really enjoyed this race. Good start from Derby Uni with great facilities. Very well organised with brilliant marshalls (thanks to the high fiving dancing lady about mile 10!). Would recommend this to anyone. Please, please run this again! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Tough but brilliant! In full: Came last and just squeaked in before the cut off but loved it! Gorgeous scenery, fantastic weather and the organisers are lovely brilliant people! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Great race over a tough but rewarding course, top goody bag! In full: Interesting and varied course with a mixture of terrain - tarmac, grass, firm trail, muddy trail, some long tough climbs and fun descents.
I think the 16.5 mile option is a good one - as it is a tough challenge but just about short enough that you can 'race' it without having to write off as long a recovery period as you would for the marathon. The final long climb out of Corfe Castle and up onto the ridge is particularly tough and I wouldn't fancy having that at the end of a race-effort marathon!
The atmosphere among runners, marshals, spectators and organisers was good. The goody bag was excellent. Shame that the forecast cloud did not appear as this year it was too hot for me - obviously cannot blame the organisers for that - the Dorset ice cream at the finish was a nice touch though!
If I was to have any criticisms it would be that the middle section - where the 16.5 route separates from the marathon route - could do with more/clearer marking. Might be partly down to my lack of experience at being at the sharp end of trail races, but I ran longer than necessary a few times as did the guy ahead of me whom I managed to call back a couple of times when he missed turns (if I'd have kept quiet I could have had his 2nd place!).
Enjoyable day though and I hope to be back...
Also note - nice to see races like these which bother to get a UKA Licence - so many offroad events do not. For those who take note of runbritainrankings this race hit the difficulty measurement cap with an SSS of 6.0! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Scotland's number one "big" marathon, by far. If you are coming to Scotland to run a Marathon, this is so much better than Edinburgh. In full: Brilliant organisation - 70ish coaches taking all the runners out to the start in convoy.
Breathtaking scenery, especially from the start. If carlsberg did race starts, it would be loch ness
Fuel and water stations first class.
Not much support en-route (but enthusiastic when it is) although great crowd support in the last few miles where you really need it.
Marshalls great. Thanks to them
Brilliant goodybag, not just random samples of stuff you don't want after a run like tea bags and bath oil. And a proper, decent, and pretty cool t-shirt (which says "marathon" unlike EMF this year), and brilliant medal.
A proper hot meal after the race! Brilliant.
The organisers of the Edinburgh marathon could learn so much from the way that Loch ness get so many things right. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: well organised, good event! In full: Not done this before and not massively into large, big city races but was given a free place through a friend's charity, so decided to go along for a day out! The organisation for such a big event was amazing - short loo queues, really clear were we had to go, great baggage storage, couldn't fault it. My place was in the 1.55-2.15 pen, but i'm usually a 1.30-something runner - despite this, I managed to weave my way though a LOT of people (16,000 take part) and even my first mile was 7.05, so despite the huge crowds and wrong start zone, it was still possible to run fast,as long as you're good at dodging people in ipods with no spacial awareness! In places the course got very congested, but again, to be expected with so many people. Route was nice, bits of boring road but buckingham palace was cool and the weather was lovely which made the trees very pretty. Good support, nice flat route but seemed a bit random round the parks in places! I got a text literally as I crossed the line with my time on which was great - cool wooden medal and fab tshirt too. My place was free but had i paid £50 I'd still ave felt a little sort changed - it's a LOT of money, even for a very good half (London FULL marathon only £40-odd quid!) Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: nice race but early! In full: I think it was £50 to enter via the ballot, and places are highly sought after so your chances are low. I got in on the second chance ballot, in my second year, so I was determined to do it. Running through the Royal Parks sounded fun, although actually most of the route was in Hyde Park (start and then from mile 6 onwards) and I didn't really notice much scenery in the first part as it was more round the edge of the parks rather than through. Anyway, the main reason I wouldn't run it again is the early start. It can be really hard to get to unless you stay right in central London, as public transport will probably have engineering works! I had my journey all set then found out my train was cancelled so had a long drive to get another one! Once you are there, if you can get there before 8:15 the queues for loos and baggage are short, after that it's quite long. I wasn't in the first start pen so it wasn't a problem for me but if you are a fast runner you need to get organised early or you might miss your start. Pens are started in order, with a gap in between, which meant the course never seemed too crowded to me - enough space to run comfortably and overtake. The course is very gently undulating so has PB potential. All on paths or roads but with some nice views if you look sideways into the parks. Crowd support varied but was amazing as you re-entered Hyde Park, where all the charity supporters were too. There's food stalls and entertainment in the festival area - but my supporter said queues for these were enormous so he gave up on coffee while I was running. Lucozade and water on course is good but the water bottles were large and felt wasteful for a "green" race - perhaps smaller ones or pouches would be better! Overall, quite a nice race and well-organised but the sheer number of people means queues are pretty inevitable - and it will probably be an expensive day out with entry fee + transport or hotel. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Largely Rural with Loud Villages! In full: Good organisation that worked well on the day, although I don't remember having to queue so long to hand a bag in before. The first two miles of the route were great through the streets of York but after that its fairly quiet and rural but great support in the handful of villages on the route. The out and backs are a little tedious but overall I'm glad I did this once and enjoyed the experience but I'm unlikely to return. Date of review: October 12, 2015