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
In short: Great event .. In full: Great location very mixed terrain. Up to Leith hill tower you have relatively straightish track on okayish ground. After the tower it turns into a twisting turning up down and all over the place broken up trail, really tested my knees. You have to be alert all the time can't switch off. On a number of occasions I uttered the magic," words never again.." Great support from marshals and other runners gets you round this course. Needless to say I will be back next year.
In short: Tough In full: I really like this race, but if only I was quicker! Its a challenge to meet the cut off so the rest of it is always a slog. But even in bad weather (not in 2014 for a change!) its still a very good run. Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: Phenomenal In full: A brilliant event, can't praise it enough. Not one for a PB, but an amazing sense of achievement. 3 main climbs, the first one is long but legs are fresh and no problem if you take it steady. The next is shorter and slightly steeper (or does it just feel that way as its after half way).... the final one is tough (i needed a couple of walking breaks); The hardest part is the downhill at the end, but you forget that as soon as you get to the high street and the phenomenal supporters cheer you to the finish :-) I'll definately be back Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: Call that a bag drop?!?! In full: Organised chaos is what would be expected right, given that 25,000 people try to run a course starting at a not very accessible point on the south coast. Inaccessible start. A truly unbelievably awful bag drop - just throw it in a corner!?!? However, the actual start was managed well but only because everyone arrived an hour before kick off. There are too many people on the course. It doesn't thin out at all. And, it's so flat. Impossibly flat. And then post event, leaving again is truly soul destroying. Poor/absent signage is unhelpful given that said 25,000 need to get away again. Goody bag great but organisation needs to up efforts big time with this number of runners. Silent crowds need jolliying along too. Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: Great scenery In full: My first time doing this race and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course is tough but stunning, the marshalls friendly, and the out and back route means there is a great camaraderie between the runners. Will be there next year. Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: Tough but what an amazing experience. In full: This was the running event I'd aspired to a couple of years ago (with no more than an annual 10k to my name). And this weekend the Greensand was my first trail marathon. Yes it was tough and from mile 18 a slight groin strain and back issue added to the gritted determination to complete it (I was that lone runner chanting to himself to keep moving). But overall what a great race: Dr Rob's superb organisation, brilliant marshals, "Jerusalem" warm-up, gorgeous autumn colours along the top of Wolvens lane and great views from Leith, Holmbury & Pitch (you can't just stare at the ground in front of you), and finally the late cooked-breaky...what an awesome day! Date of review: October 27, 2014