In short: Worth the agony! In full: My first marathon - I was slow, but the crowds were phenomenal. Running down the Mall and crossing the finish line was one of the best moments of my life! Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: excellent In full: I found the organization of the race fantastic. The only thing that topped it was the enthusiastic support of the spectators. They were truly amazing. Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: Great scenary, thin but vocal support, fantastic water stations, good PB potential, but remote location. In full: Would I do it again? Probably, but it's a long way although a good excuse for a weekend away. I doubt next year.
The out and back course is mentally challenging with respect to the long straight sections. Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: This is my fourth year runnin g this excellent marathon. A small field, plenty of fresh air, and spectacular scenery makes this a viable alternative to the bustle of London. Excellent PB potential; 7 out of 8 Portsmouth Joggers managed it this year Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: Thank you to all the Cheering crowds .... The Best In full: Running side ... one of the best, always will be ... viewing side very poorly organised (especially around the finish) again, 12 years family having been following brother and me around the course... Every year they complain that it is getting worse each year Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: I love this race, highlight of my year In full: I first came here 2 years ago because I couldn't get into London. Loved it so much I've come back every year and haven't even considered running London. It's a stunning part of the world to visit, quite unique. The islanders really get into the race, it's for a great cause, and the organisers do a great job. The prize-giving afterwards is the best of its kind because it involves everyone. The atmosphere among the runners is brilliant too. Finally, a big hello, thank you and see you soon again I hope for all the great people my wife and I met, especially mad Phil ("Let's run up to the tower"), Donald ("Shot putting's not really a sport, is it?") and their self-confessed grumpy friend whose name I've criminally forgotten. Date of review: April 26, 2006
In short: Well organised great for speed training In full: Whilst the run is on a cycle track next to an A road the greenery gives it a semi rural feel. The course has two steady pulls but is fairly quick. Me and the missus found this a good speed training race, and it is only 20 mins from home. Nice mix of runners should ensure you have a target vest to aim at. Cost is now £6 (£4+2)per race for unaffiliated so if you are going to do 3 races I think paying £15 (13+2) for the series of 4 will be cheaper (check the form). The break even point for joining a club seems to be coming down!! Definitely be using this local Bristol race as part on my training programme. Date of review: April 26, 2006
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