In short: GRIM, are you ready for this!!! In full: It is my 2nd year running this race and I can honestly say, the event, runners, organisers are so friendly, it makes the event a brilliant race just before XMAS. Bring on 2014. Date of review: November 30, 2013
In short: Hard as Hell But a Fantastic Race! a must for all marathoners In full: Very tough challenge but Phil and his team made this into a special event and one i will never forget, this event holds good memories. The organisation was fantastic for my £135 entry fee got free gels and energy stuff for the full 5 days, hot and cold food before and after the race, ice bath, physio in race hq, heated marquee, the best medal of the year wow!! and totally fantastic marshals who supported us 17 runners around the brutal course. Made some friends forever and got to meet the legend marathon runner Rik Vercoe.This is the second time i have ran hillrunner marathons and they never disappoint, did the Bolton Marathon early in the year and was just as good value for money, think a lot of RD's could learn from Phil and Kris.They even had a running shop in race HQ for any last minute items we forgot. Just trying to save up for next years 5 in 5 and looking forward i think?? to doing it all again! Date of review: November 30, 2013
In short: A boy becomes a man. In full: Weather was incredibly generous for time of year; advise anyone to take this challenge as you would be supporting an admirable course and competing on Rivington Pike where fell races have been recorded since 1897 so history will be in your bones. It's an indelibly unique challenge that offers new prospective everyday. I'll never moan about a road marathon again! Date of review: November 30, 2013
In short: Fantastic event, a toughie for the novice but worth it. Great organisation and after run hospitality. Could start 30 mins earlier as most finish around midday which is a killer if it's a warm day. Brilliant event overall. Date of review: November 30, 2013
In short: Great day out! In full: Enjoyed it all the way round, my first half marathon and has left me hungry for more! Very happy with 1hr47! Wife and kids also has a great day with the fun run, very happy with their medals, then being able to cheer me home at the finish of the main event. Date of review: November 30, 2013
In short: Very well organised, great goody bag In full: Chip timing incorporated in race number so no waiting around. Online booking, changing room, bag storage, medal and T shirt. Ticks all the boxes Date of review: November 29, 2013
In short: Excellent race. Marshalls were brilliant. Good for first timers and PBs In full: This was my first Half Marathon. I used to do 10k races and Great South Run but had to stop for many years due to illness. I live in Gosport so I was able to train using most of the actaul route. The atmoshere was really good I was really thankful for all the encouragement from spectators and the Marshalls. I would recommend this event to beginners and anyone who wants to up their PB times. Thank you Gosport Road Runners for all your hard work and encouragement. Date of review: November 29, 2013
In short: Beautiful setting, lovely course and very friendly In full: Stunning venue for a race, lovely course which was well signposted and marshalled. Very welcoming with different distances for all ages and abilities. Something for everyone. Good cause and well organised and supported. Lucky with the weather as an added bonus! Date of review: November 29, 2013
In short: Fantastic race In full: Whilst "only" taking part in one of the 5 marathons, I have to say that it was an excellent race. The organisation, the wonderful friendly marshalls, the finishers medal, the food before and after the race make this a race not to be missed. Puts most other races to shame. Date of review: November 29, 2013
In short: Who'd have thought laps could be so much fun?! In full: This was a marathon done off the back of not enough training due to a persistent niggle. But I thought the laps (all 8 of them) would make dropping out easy if nec; thankfully it wasn't nec. I was made to feel welcome by the hardcore 5 day runners (only did the one day) and the organisors, who put a huge amount of time and effort in.
The massage service before and after the race was of a very high standard (not always the case at races) and even though the laps thing was good for dropping out, I had been dreading them overall - but I actually really enjoyed the event! A happy surprise for me.
Two sets of steps though, and generally hard/ uneven stuff underfoot, doesn't mnake for an "easy" marathon. Date of review: November 29, 2013
In short: Only for the brave/stupid (I mean that in a good way!) In full: These were my first back-to-back marathons (I did day 4 and 5) and I don't think I could've chosen any harder. This race is hard whatever pace you run at - it is to be savoured as a challenge, not to be enjoyed as a cruise! I really enjoyed the atmpsphere and spiriti and have every intention of running in this again. Date of review: November 28, 2013
In short: Best new multi-day race to be added to the marathon calendar in years! In full: This is a fantastic event, with Race Directors Phil & Kris having given careful attention to every possible detail. If you're going to organise a marathon event, then this is how you do it. A 24 hour race base, with hot food and drink throughout the event; bespoke heavey duty medals (excellent for the bling collectors amongst us); trophys and prize money; daily massage available and ice bath; and some of the nicest marshals you're ever likely to meet and, of course, the mildly challenging route 40 times over the Pike. Great work guys - best new race on the marathon calendar!! If only it was just a little bit tougher!! Rik Date of review: November 28, 2013