In short: Fast, flat, great atmosphere in nice park surrondings. In full: Firstly, this race is definitely not run on trail. It is entirely run on tarmac paths around Cardiff's scenic Bute Park. There were sections with some mud and leaf build up but nothing more than that.
The atmosphere for the run was great, lots of people in fancy dress, people supporting real or fake mos, and also the support around the course was very good - a very beginner friendly run for sure.
Some aspects of the organisation were odd, there was only a 10 minute gap between the 5k and 10k starts so the faster 10k runners very quickly had to contend with slower 5k runners. And there was no attempt to stop slower people parking themselves right at the front at the start of each run, so alot of weaving in and out was required from the off.
I did not mark the value score heavily as there wasn't a goody bag, only the medal and headband, but this is a charity race so I was not concerned by that.
Overall it was very enjoyable and I would definitely take part again. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Lack of helpers, Meant long queues In full: Has the potential to be good race, Plenty of Marshalls around the course. However lack of helpers at start and finish meant look queues to register and collect tee shirt at the end. Lack of KM markers was disappointing. Race was late starting if weather had been bad this would have been a real problem Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Get ready for the race of your life!! In full: When I entered this event in July I was expecting a hard and challenging 5 days of running and this didn't disappoint. I have never ran anything as hard!! With around 6000ft elevation gain per day. It consists of 8 laps each taking in the beautiful views of Rivington (although I would advise on taking them in on day 1 as by day 5 your brain will not allow it). The race is incredibly ran. For your money you get free hot and cold food before and after the race, free gels and drinks and one of best best medals everyday! You will meet some amazing people. The marshalls and helpers are FANTASTIC, helping every runner from front to back. I would SERIOUSLY put this on top of your next running event. Would I do it again....YES!! I cannot find enough words to praise this event.
In short: Excellent, friendly and supportive marshalls. Thank you. In full: My second year of running this and I still struggled along the long A20 stretches - noisy from road traffic! Although the majority of the race was through country lanes which was peaceful. Can be quite a lonely run as the field does spread out considerably. Quite a swift course and I managed to knock 5 minute off last year's time despite running on the tail end of a cold. Use of the hotel leisure centre at the end was a welcome treat - use of pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room! I had a great time . Thank you organisers. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: All around a great race and atmosphere. In full: Enjoyed the route. It looks relatively flat when you see the profile in advance but it always seems to feel hilly when I run it! Nevertheless, I've run 3 different 10 mile courses and my two fastest times are at Wimborne.
Really enjoyed the race and the event as a whole. Lots of marshals before the race to make sure you know what's what and plenty throughout the run to keep you going and on-track.
Nice Goody Bag and free post race massage and as ever an awesome (free) selection of cake!
Special thanks from me as I secured a late place via a number transfer as a club mate of mine could no longer run. There were no problems with the transfer and it was all sorted out very quickly and problem free.
Thanks Jeff & team! Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Great event and many thanks to all the volunteers who made it great run In full: Probably needs more dirt and trails but a great feel good atmosphere. Many thanks. See you next year Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Great location for a marathon. In full: Big city races are all well and good, but this is quite simply extraordinary! I should have run slower so that I could have taken in more of the sights. The course is in excellent condition, with the vast majority being fast flat good quality road. Good support from the local communities along the way, especially once you get back into Cheshire. Cracking t-shirt and goody-bag. Fantastic value for money in my book. Hopefully injury free next year and I'll go for the sub3. Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: MARVELLOUS! In full: Had a blast! Scenery great, weather couldn't have been better, organisation and provision of water and energy drinks puts other races to shame. Made a whole weekend of it and I will do it all over again! Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Not bad In full: New course this year - double laps which was rather boring. A little conjested in the narrow sections. Marshals were all excellent and the goody bag was not to bad either. The que for the baggage drop off at the start was ridiculous and could do with looking into as to the ladies toilet ques.
In short: Couldn't have wished for more In full: What can i say! what an experience.This was my first marathon and i really didn't know what to expect,but i can honestly say i could not have wished for a better experience.everything was so well thought out,the people were so friendly and supportive. BIG THANKS TO ALL HELPERS without whom the event just wouldn't have been the same. Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Can't fault anything In full: Had a fabulous time. Everything I expected and more. A special thank you to many of the waiting spectators and runners who had finished who cheered me all the way to the line. Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Great race with personal touches In full: A great race. Stunning scenery, and some really nice touches - like when they announced people's names over the tannoy as they came into the racecourse. I know I'm a slowcoach, but as I crossed the finish line it made me feel like a champion. Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Big thanks to everyone for a fantastic event. In full: Did this event last year but it was even better this year. Great support from the spectators for much of the route. As last year, the organisation was spot on and the marshals and volunteers were friendly, efficient and helpful. Date of review: November 16, 2014