In short: Well organised, good fun but not 5k In full: A good well organised race but there was no chance that it was 5k, which is why it scores low for PB. But everything else was good! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Thanks for the great organisation. The start is a bit crowded by I set off from the back (first mile 9min) and the others were 7.30mins. Really enjoyed the scenary - a few interesting hills. Really appreciated the water bottles - well done to teh Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Much better overall than last year. Full mark to the organisors In full: Very well done to everyone involved especially all the marshalls that supported us on a terrible morning weather wise. I'll get the better of them hills at 3 & 6 miles next time!! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: My first stab at the Shakespeare Marathon - enjoyed the experience and will be back in 2007! In full: Stratford upon Avon is a lovely place to stage a marathon. With the majority of runners doing the Half, this feels like a big event even though the two-lap format and loneliness after the half runners turn-off after 11 miles makes this more of a mental rather than physical challenge.
One hill of note (8miles and 18miles), which rewarded you with fantastic views once you reached the crest! Apart from that it was mainly flat anf runner friendly.
The marshaling was top-notch, the water stations plentiful (and with the choice of cups or bottles!), and the crowd support was well spread around the course and really helped in getting me my fastest marathon this year!
I note the comments about the cost, lack of energy drinks and hills, but I rate this event very highly (and particularly the time and efforts given voluntarily by all the organising team/marshals/helpers, which allows such fantastic events to take place and continue). Thanks to you all. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Well organised. Very well marshalled. Early start which was welcome. In full: Let's face it Bracknell is not going to be a scenic delight. Nevertheless I thought very well organised with cheery marshalls and a reasonable run. PB (just)so it gives you a chance. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great organistion. Loved the setting, and despite a few hills and a long track section got a PB! In full: Very well organised. Started right on time, and no queues for a parking space even though we had to pay & display. Plenty of water station. The setting is brilliant with one lap around Stratford town with lots of cheering crowds and then through lovely picturesque villages. The hills were a bit of a challenge, particularly on the second lap at mile 18, and the trail/track for the last 4 miles dragged on a bit. But the finish along the river was a great setting, and it was nice to even hear my name announced on the tannoy at the end. Loved the medal shaped as 25. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great race despite the rain In full: Yes the rain dampens the atmosphere a little but it wasn't too heavy and you hardly blame the organisers for the weather. Todays conditions were excellent for running. Well organised with friendly marshals (despite the weather). My only gripe was the narrowness of the start. Chip timing or a wider start would help but it's not a major thing. Bananas at the end were a godsend, and a nice t-shirt too. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: well organised, great for a family day out In full: a well organised run, with lots of drink stations and portaloos. the marshalls worked hard to make things run smoothly and ensure everyones safety, a good first time half, will definately enter next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: A very scenic, testing course - shame about the slightly chaotic start. In full: A lot of confusion over where (and which way) the start was and no time bandings like there'd been in previous years. Hence I spent most of the race trying to overtake slower runners on very narrow paths, leading to a disappointing time. However, the course is lovely and I'll definately be back. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: An excellent if pricey race, great scenery and atmosphere, the start date has moved forward recently which helps with the heat, There are a couple of long drags which can cause a problem if you go off too quickly. Top Race, well org'd, goo crowd. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Good Event In full: I found it very easy to find this event. Parking was a bit expensive but there was nothing we could do about that! Changing and Shower facilites very good. The start was a bit manic and could of done with different start times for the half runners. Maybe chip times would be good. I thought the course was a good one with plenty of water stops. I found that the greenway was a bit of a drag on the second lap! I was impressed with the finish area and the medal. If the t-shirts were a bit cheaper I would of brought one. Anyway this race was one of the best organised that I have ran in with plenty of spectators where you need them to encourage you. Great Stuff! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Second-to-none scenery makes a perfect sunday race In full: A small enough race to make it feel cozy but a good mix of ability to welcome the less speedy challengers (not unlike myself!) Change of course this year (im told) takes you through country lanes to a mostly gravel track course with spectacular views over the sea to the I.O.W. Date of review: May 7, 2006