In short: Really hard, extra mile at the end was a killer, but well worth the experience. In full: A few more directional indicators would have been welcome on the marathon, as we were all spaced out towards the end, and had no one in sight to help. the last downhill stretch was a real blister maker for me!!, (but I loved it all, really) Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: A tough course but such glorious scenery reminds me why I run! In full: Any marathon is hard but cross country marathons especially so. This is a tough course with some challenging hills along the way so only a course PB is in the offing.
The event is to raise money for Witshire Wildlife Trust so the run is combined with walkers who set off up to 3 hours before the marathon begins giving plenty of support along the route. The organisation was first rate with frequent water stops and sponge stations and cheerful marshalls to kep you going (A big thank you to Vera and Joyce for the cheese bap at mile 21).
And to cap it all what better point to finish than Stonehenge! Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Hilly, challenging but great fun, I'll definitely do it again In full: A fantastic race, lovely atmosphere, friendly and unbelievable scenary. Only improvement - race organisers just need to place route markers at a few more places. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Felt very let down by the lack of promised medal. Good flat course though and all for charity In full: This was my first race and it was for charity. I raised more than the required amount and did the training.I worked hard during the race to beat my target time. felt very let down at the finish when I was told they had run out of medals. I was left wandering around with nothing to show for my efforts except a purple face. I've nothing to show anyone that I even competed - very sad. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Lovely day, nice scenery, undulating does not do the hilly bits justice! In full: Good course, following an "undulating" route (darn hilly!). Was quite a tough route all in all, but some stunning times from the front runners nonetheless! Made for a pleasant day out. Organization was fine and things kept largely to time, though there was room for improvement. Toilets, for example: a distinct lack of them, and no showers. Two urinals for the number of male runners there was laughable. The organizers would do well to put some additional stalls/refreshments on for the non-runners and indeed for the runners post-event. Minor niggles, and overall a good day out. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Great fun! Some daunting looking hills, but easier than they look and worth it for the lovely views. Really enjoyed this one. In full: Did this one 10 years ago, when I was naturally fit, in the race's first year. Think I got a time of around 53 mins. Having trained this year, therefore being "fitter", and it being the 10th anniversary of the race, I thought I stood a good chance of beating my goal. So did I? Short answer - No. 59 mins 08 secs, but at least I ran all the way this time!
Excellent organisation, and great MC-ing from the commentator!! This is the first race I've done since I started properly training, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Beginners are definitely welcome, and I encourage you to try this one in 2006! Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Great race....sunny day .....thanks! In full: Turned out lovely! Well organised race, a hot sunny day and a good challenging course made this a day to remember. Thanks! Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: race fine organisation needs to be looked at In full: to start of with the place to collect numbers that had already been regestered was at the same place as people entering on the day for the 2krace and the 5mile race resulting in a very long wait also no water bottles or medals left at the finish this just was not good enough for an £8.00 entry or if u entered on the day £10 route and race very good organisation a shambles Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Great place to start and end a race, weather helped In full: It was nice to start and end at the stadium, the rest of the course is town and could be anywhere. A couple of dodgy underpasses but the rest was on good roads and good support. Hills not too bad but did affect a PB. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: first 7 miles are dead on, but then its a series of long lonely stretches. The berk that placed the bomb at 12m messed things up. The course was diverted with an extra bit. Some way to get your first Ultra!! Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Very nice friendly well organised race, lovely route, will be back next year In full: Did the 14 mile race, thoroughly enjoyed it, very well organised and very very friendly Will be back next year and may do the marathon next time Date of review: May 2, 2005