In short: Good intentions In full: Being from Luton originally I think it is really important to support a run in your home town and also support the intentions of the organisers.
The route included Stockwood Park, Luton Hoo and Wardown Park, but being a town the route will ultimately always be urban in nature.
It was a shame that the distance was short, but the organisers made a good attempt to rectify this during the race, by adding the loop at the end.
I think given the number of participants, trying to get the support of locals for road closures is going to be a challenge. From about 8 miles, most runners were on the pavement and as the numbers peter out, I can see why locals were getting frustrated. But the event is only in its second year and if you take Reading Half which now attracts 16,000 runners, the case for road closures changes.
I wasnt sure why we were taken out of Wardown Park onto New Bedford Road, when Old Bedford Road had been closed for the event. Perhaps a loop back through the park to join Old Bedford Road would be better.
The pre-race information was excellent. Although the Race HQ was a bit tight for space, it was sufficient for the numbers taking part. No matter what the size of the event is, there are never enough toilets. Finishing in the town centre was great. There were plenty of marshalls, although they could have been a bit more supportive. Overall, I am pleased to have taken part in this event. Well done Luton. Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: 6th time and still loving every second In full: I really love this race, have done 12 marathons and 6 have been Snowdonia. A fantastic race, well organised, great value, scenery to die for, awesome supporters. Nothing in the world can beat the feeling you get at the top of the pass and that view opens up before you as you start the only 4 mile descent in marathons! Slight niggle is that i just paid £32 for 4 download images, £8 for a click is ok for one picture, but discount for multiples would be appreciated. Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: A cracking race! In full: I should confess from the off that I am a big fan of Trionium events. I love the deliberately challenging courses, the cracking scenery and the friendliness of the runners who take part. And this year didn't disappoint: another well organised race, the best facilities I've come across(pristine showers, a full English in the canteen afterwards...)plus lots of support on the out and back course (no congestion as far as I am aware, just lots of high fives and whooping to each other!) I'd sum up the ethos of all of the Trionium events I've been to as old school running at its best - always tough but very rewarding. Date of review: October 29, 2014
In short: Beautiful coastline rarely seen until the end. Unimaginative route along inland lanes with traffic In full: What a shame that the route could not have made more use of the superb coastal scenery. I had a glimpse of the sea a few miles distant across the fields at about mile 9 and came upon a beautiful view of Bamburgh Castle across a bay after 19 miles, but that could only be appreciated for a few steps before we were turned 90 degrees away from the coast yet again. The route preferred to follow inland country lanes, which were pleasant enough but apart from the finish at Bamburgh, a bit dreary and you would not have known that you were only a mile or two from the Northumberland Heritage Coast. Fortunately, I had another day in the area to see the beaches, sand dunes, Dunstanburgh Castle and all that we had missed on the marathon. Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: Cracking race, as ever In full: Always well organised, good value and with a great atmosphere, this is a great club-organised race. By no means a flat course, but at the same time there are no murderous hills and fast times are very possible. Really good support this year too. Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: An enjoyable local run In full: Definately undulating course but the 2nd half seems easier than the 1st so that makes it easier. I would start at 9-30 rather than 10-30 as the hour always changes on this day so there is a bit of hanging around but overall very enjoyable. Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: AMAZING RACE - HOW SWEET THOU ART!!! In full: Where else can you run fast downhill for 4 miles? It's between mile 4 and 8 in Snowdonia marathon, but it's one of the best running experiences out there. The rest of the course if fab too... Challenging, forgiving, tough and exhilarating... The other runners, race support and organisation in general are great, it's a brilliant race and see you next year...
In short: Great challenging Race. In full: Challenging race, great atmosphere, Loved the music man, smiley marshals at every station, scenery amazing. Will definitely recommend.. Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: Overall a Great Race with lots of potential. In full: First time running this race and really enjoyed it. Yes there was a slight error in the mile markers but I am sure this will be resolved for next year and I hope that it will go ahead again. Great start at the athletics track and enough support around the course to keep you going. Will definitely return...Well done Luton! Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: PB potential assisted by outstanding organisation In full: Once again Chester Marathon was the highlight of one's race season, the attention to detail from Andy, Chris & team is evident from entering.
Faultless organisation, a scenic course with Chester's sights initially before heading out of the city and strong potential for a PB. Shall return, again! Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: Will return! In full: Unique distances at Harlech Tri, very well organised (espc given the weather) and brilliant value for money compared to larger scale triathlons.
Pool swim with grass area transition, flat / climb to u turn descent / flat on the bike course where the weather is the greatest determinant. Challenging run yet beautiful along the beach (tailwind in 2014!) before the looming ascent to "Storm the castle". Entering again for 2015! Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: Fast course makes it worthwhile In full: Targeted due to high PB potential on the course, PB achieved and faintest in this respect - issue with organisation and value when looking deeper, would do it again on the hunt for a faster time. Date of review: October 28, 2014