In short: Like running in paradise. In full: I never experimented such strong emotions, from beginning to end. The crowd and atmosphere was just amazing, the organization excellent. As soon as I crossed the fnish line, with cramps at my calves I thought: "gotta do this again!!" And best of all, seeing the clock at the finish line showing 2h55...5 minutes less than my goal time, and realizing that my actual time was even less than that...2h53!! Not bad for being my first Marathon! Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: fantastic, great, super, loved it, agony, balls of my feet are killing from the sharp stones - real ale - fab thks Graham and Claire In full: My favourite village in the lakes, so added bonus - this is what racing is all about a challenge with fantastic scenery - my shins have been broke for the past 2 days!!! Great organisation, fantastic experience for us townies - great for the support and families (that have to hang about). Real ale with pork and apple burgers after - worth breaking your neck - loved it and the atmosphere - story teller was a charm - more races like this are welcome.temptation to stew the rabbit to justify the pain. see you at garburn!! hope mwilf is providing food again. Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: Ouch! In full: CumbriAndy in his review states there was some last minute changes to the route to mahe the opening climb harder and longer, I must remember to thank the organisers for that. That aside a very challenging but enjoyable run/stagger although I did wonder if the KM markers were really Mile markers and we had all been duped!? Was an excellent training run for Garburn in 6 weeks. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Interesting course and well organised event In full: Good atmosphere to make it feel like a big event but not too big to put off anyone nearer the back of the field.
Liked the challenge of the varied course, perhaps a little more than undulating but nothing too demanding.
The marshalling was very good and whilst there was traffic this did not cause me any problems. I managed to "spot" all the KM markers unlike other events. As a relative beginner I find this useful. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: an incredible experience. In full: my first marathon and possibly only! i feel humbled by the amount of pain most go thru to collect money for fantastic causes, and what amazing organisation. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: It was my first off the road and up a mountain race i found it very challenaging, I enjoyed the scenary but the one main problem that i had was that there was not enough water stops, one is just not enough for the length and difficulty of the race. Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: O.K. if you don't mind running in a crowd! In full: ... I think I would do better in a smaller field, and made some classic mistakes, like setting off too fast on the downill bit at the beginning. A calf injury at mile 14 didn't help and I was 48 minutes slower than my PB :-( Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: An excellent alternative to FLM offering superb scenery and a reasonably flat/quick course. In full: Although I personally had a difficult race, I do rate this event very highly. Efficient registration, reasonably flat course (although even minimal undulation caused me alot of discomfort on the homeward half), although the crowd support was sparse, those that were there were wonderfully enthusiastic (especially the woman that yelled out "nearly halfway!" when I reached 12miles, and "less than halfway to go!" at 14miles! which really lifted my dwindling spirits, and the guy playing the really loud rock music at 5 and 21miles!), more than sufficient water stations (although needed in the second half as it got quite hot), and generous with the post race food and drink, nice t-shirt and medal.
Although the course isn't demanding in terms of hills etc, the out and back is the case literally which makes this event mentally tough. Even though you stay on the same road, you do get a very different view of the scenery (snow-capped mountains) on the homeward run back.
The only downside is the remote location which means that many competitors had long journeys giving the perfect excuse for a weekend break!
Many thanks to the organisers, and that kind runner that gave me a jelly baby which saved my life late on! Date of review: April 25, 2006
In short: Great views and atmosphere, I would highly recommend. In full: It was really nice to see the FW castle and other parts of the town as well as Ben Nevis. We were very lucky with the weather, the sun made the snow capped mountains look amazing. Well organised with good water stations. The supports were few and far between but fantastic, making the effort to cheer everyone and to move along the route. Thank you. Date of review: April 25, 2006