In short: well organised marathon in a nice town In full: The marathon course follows a 2 loop. After the half marathoners filter off then the field slims down. This can mean spells of running alone but you are always in view of other runners. The course is fairly flat with 2 hills. There is a downhill section that is on a 14% decline, which can be hard work on 2nd lap. There is a longer section along the dis-used railway (greenway) on 2nd lap, where there is little support and the straight featureless chalked based path can get boring.
The marshalling is excellent and the general organisation is great. It would be better still if there was isotonic drink available on the 2nd lap. It would also help if there could be some attempt to organise the mass start so that runners line up based on estimate of how long it will take to do the first half.
In short: I don't think I would use 'Fun' to describe this run In full: Killer first kilometre, and I quite often run over Bocketts Farm and Denbies. Returning from injury so no chance I was going to go up that hill twice (or come down!) Start could be more organised but otherwise excellent organisation. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: beautiful place to run In full: Well organised when you got there although not sure where i was going to start with. 1st marathon so found it a challenge but not too hilly although the final stretch up the white gravel path a bit hard at the end. Water stations good and frequent. Camaraderie on the course good, talking to other racers and pacing alongside lifted my spirits near the end. I thought it would be traffic free and bigger - no goody bags or even a medal for places. However, enjoyed the whole day with picnic for the family, a glorious place. Will definately give it a go again. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Despite the rain, a great day and a great run. Well organised and friendly. The only dissapointment as ever in Edinburgh, is the suprising lack of support in Princes street (apart from the girls of Debenhams), Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Not as hard as I expected In full: It's the first time that I have done this race, the last hill race I did was The Boxhill Knacker Cracker, and this was much more pleasant. The weather was better than expected, and it was in aid of good causes, looking forward to coming back next year. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: not flat, but well organised In full: The event was extremly well organised and everything went to plan(as far as i could tell) and their was plenty of water stations (other races please note).
The route was pleasent but NOT FLAT! ungulating with the hill at the 8/18 miles you had to put the brakes on going down.
as others have said traffic is a bit of a problem in places and for what you get (medal, bottle of water and a banana)not exactly value for money.
all in all good for the beginner or a family day out Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Hard but enjoyable In full: Not a fast 10km but a good run for cross country runners with enjoyable countryside mostly in vineyards on the North Downs. Plenty of water with helpful marshalls and a nice banana at the finish. With all the £6 entry going to charity who could ask for more? Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: A nice day out In full: A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning. Glorious weather meant the two water stops were very appreciated. A big thanks also to lots of very smiley encouraging marshalls. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Great weekend away - good organisation In full: It's all been said - but I don't mind the cost if it goes to charity. Organisors and marshalls must be congratulated for all their hard work, not perfect but it never will be. Well done. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Nice place, tough race! In full: As others have said, it was hot, so a second water station on the back side of the course would have been welcome. It was hot last year too, so no excuses there! I'd like to see this race run a couple of hours earlier in the day - there would be less people around the park to "get in the way" and it should be a lot cooler. Overall, it's a nice place to run, but deceptively hard - the rough trail on the back side of the lakes takes its toll even if the heat isn't a factor. Date of review: May 8, 2006