In short: Good value for money 3 lap race In full: Course was three laps passing through the park but with two thirds of the lap run along busy roads. Course was well marked out and marshalls were excellent especially with the road junctions. Very good value for money with t-shirt included in the entry fee and the offer of free photos on the Sutton website. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Where was everyone? In full: Less than 6000 finished - but over 8,000 had registered. I don't think many dropped out, so I'm beginning to think that a few people were put off by a little dampness or maybe they couldn't find the start in the fog? Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: road bits great - off road a bit of a supprise for non fellrunners In full: friendly, well marshalled, many people suffered on the moor (sinking suddenly into v. soft boggy ground) road bit fine, tough hill at 5.5 to 6 miles. if weather had been better, a good day out for the family Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: It was nice to run through the city without dodging traffic In full: It was nice to run through the city without dodging trafic. There was a good atmosphere and the fun run was well supported Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: good alternative to london for the experienced runner In full: started threee rows back from the front so no delay for me, just had to run a 6 min 1st mile to avoid looking silly! then 7 minute miles. The only thing I have to add to all the comments that has not already been stated regards the announcer! BBC 1950's, wouldn't be stratford without the fellow. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: First time as I missed entrance for Tewkesbury after deciding whether to do one 2 weeks after London. Will def do nxt year. Fantastic views, excellent org just wish there was a medal at the end. Hills not too bad at all. Really enjoyed it! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Its a Fun Charity Run but well worth it In full: Only grump is that half way drink station wasn't manned. Great turn out from the major local club, Wesham. They had maybe 6 in 1st 20. Looking forward to Mondays Gazette. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: good race poor organisation In full: found the oganisation let this race down which is a shame not enough water stations there could have been one on the back espesialy with the heat and who let the cars on the course ? and if there was runners driveing them why didnt the know better all in all a good day but could have been beter Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Excellent small-town marathon In full: Not getting in to London, I wanted to find a marathon with a reasonable size field for my first attempt.
This is a good small-time race. Not quite the atmosphere of a big-city half or full, but some good, enthusiastic support all the way round both laps. Enough people in the Marathon field not to feel too lonely.
Water stations every two miles, with the one at 2/13 miles serving it in bottles. No sports drinks, but as pointed out elsewhere, it is rarely the organisers that pay for the drinks, but the sponsors, which is why you only tend to get them at big events. Part of the challenge of the marathon is planning how to get carry your nutrition with you.
The course certainly isn't hilly, but there is a reasonably longish hill at 7/17 miles that doesn't seem bad the first time, but bites the second time.
Yes, the start is a bit congested, but not too bad. If you don't want to be delayed, get to the front. There is no banding according to time, but hey, when does THAT ever work!
Nice medal, no free T-shirt, but I picked up a nice one for a tenner (I likes my souvenirs).
I'd certainly recommend this to somebody looking for a spring marathon that isn't London.
In short: Hills & Hoseflies, but well worth it!! In full: My first race since being at school 15 years ago. One particular hill of the like i've never before seen but great atmosphere!
Most of the village turned out to watch, schouting encouragement from their gardens, it was a brilliant experience. I'd taken the hills into account and so given myself a predicted time of 83 mins but did it in 70.20. In all totally Ace!!! Date of review: May 7, 2006