In short: Stratford upon Avon is a great place to stage a marathon very enjoyable for my first Full Marathon In full: Plenty of water stations (although more stations with bottles instead of cups would have been better) and at least one with energy drinks, pretty well organised, nice medal although I would have liked to see the Marathon on the medal as apposed to being on the ribbon. It was a bit pricey a free T shirt and a goody bag would have been nice. Personally won’t do this one again but it should not put any one off. Date of review: May 10, 2006
In short: I enjoyed the challenge, the change of terrain and the constant undulations were something I'd not done before, will definitely run it again next year and the race caption says it all 'Nobody said it was easy'. Very good organisation. Date of review: May 10, 2006
In short: Possibly the best 10k i've done In full: I decided to do this race at the very last minute (about 10am saturday morning) as was glad I did.
The only minor issue I found was that no-one knew where the start was, but if you got there early enough it was a chance to go for a wander around the lake, and lo-and-behold I found the start. So no big deal there.
It was a hot day, so surely even the 'beginnerest' of beginners would have known to load up on water and take a bottle round with them. I don't think a water station every 3 miles is particularly inadequate. But do agree it could perhaps of been run an hour or too earlier to avoid the midday sun.
I thought the course was nice and flat and firm under foot, and was ideal for PB's and beginners. I didn't encounter any problems around the course although can see why some had issues with the speed bumps. Those little plastic ones looked quite severe if you caught your foot on them.
The usual grumble (lack of toilets) didn't seem to be an issue here either. I was in and out which I think is a first! And the t-shirt was nice quality too.
So overall I really enjoyed it, and will definitely be back again next year to improve that PB! Date of review: May 10, 2006
In short: very fast excellent 3 races series, best 5K around In full: great race, particularly like the downhill finish,means these are the only races where my last K is as fast or even faster than my first K. Definite PB potential, permanent place in my diary. Date of review: May 10, 2006
In short: Enjoyed the run but let down by organisation In full: I actually enjoyed this run. It was a challange due so steep hills in the first half and a real mix of weather conditions. The people of Belfast are a fantastic lot, I travelled over from Scotland but the runners and the crowd made me feel really welcome. Must confess to being a little upset by the organisers although they did appear to be well intentioned. Because I couldn't make the pick-up times for my race pack they arranged for me to pick it up on the day but when I got there no one knew anything about this. I did get one of the stand-by numbers so was able to compete. At the end though my time wasn't recorded (though I had a chip) and I didn't get a T-Shirt (though I was promised this would be mailed - don't have it yet though). All in all a good run though the shine was taken of by the race number / no time fiasco. Date of review: May 10, 2006
In short: pants organisation for front runners In full: the marshals were either non existant or didn't know what they were doing, i was leading by 400m plus at the turn for the greenway but the marshal forgot to tell me to turn left so i ran right past him it was the driver of the lead car who couldn't drive down the greenway who told me i was off course 100m up the road, then at the end of the greenway at 12.5 miles still with a 300m lead there was a left turn with NO marshal at all!!! so i ran right passed it this ment i ended up on the wrong side of the river and also lost my lead, so yes it is expencive and i don't agree it was well organised for the front runners (at least 6 other runners i spoke to did the same as me!!) Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Well organised,great marshals, support good in patches scenery poor In full: Undulating is the best description of the course. It is never flat,but there are no real hills. Two very short sharp climbs and every thing else is gently up or down. Apart from a pretty stretch by a river the scenery is dull and modern urban. The numerous underpasses stop it from being a fast course,but PBs are certainly possible. The best thing about this race was the large amount of friendly marshals and the children at the water stations, offering encouragement. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great marshalling, but laps of town unnecessary and tedious and too many stretches on busy roads. In full: Very friendly and well organised and supported, although parking prices steep, especially for a Sunday. Entry charge toppy, but as long as Rotary get most of it, fine. After 25 years of trying really think they could have got us off busy roads rather better. Otherwise scenery worth the trip. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: enjoyed it In full: only my 4th competitive race and the best atmosphere to date, good support, great countryside and not too hilly, with a great downhill sprint finish and a PB i think - only wish i knew - watch broke and waiting for results - Date of review: May 9, 2006