In short: All the professional 'whippets' were a little intimidating to a first-timer but a great run! In full: My only other race to date was the 2005 Great South Run - I missed the fun runners and fluffy bras! However being a F1 fan, racing around the track was a fantastic experience and I really enjoyed it. The marshalls were great and really kept us going even when the wind seemed to be against us!! A great place for my first PB - and hopefully a new one next time! Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: The “Tough One” Won’t disappoint. Fantastic Scenery and good Organisation. In full: This race is one you shouldn’t have any hesitation in doing… Yes it is tough – and Hilly, and rough underfoot in parts, and hilly, and did I mention the hills?! But the Scenery and other runners will help pick you up and get you to the finish. This race had come into quite a bit of stick previously for being inadequately marshalled, with some runners heading off route and doing their own 30 Mile circuit! No such problems this year. Marshalling was everywhere it was required, and a big thank you to the volunteers who stood for hours on end in some pretty bleak weather. There were plenty of friendly aid stations, and you get a really nice medal for your efforts. Do it! Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: Well Organised, Scenic hilly course In full: This was my 1st marathon. Really enjoyed most of it. The last hill up the flint covered track was a killer & the lumpy slope down to the finish was really unpleasant. The lack of rain made the trails very hard & dusty. Quite expensive - but it goes to a good cause & there is no problem not collecting donations. Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: Wonderful for all now that the route is so well marshalled In full: Now the route is marshalled and well marked this CHALLENGE can only grow and grow as the word gets round. Well organised and great to see that the organisers have taken on board the comments from us runners last year. See you in 2007 !
In short: Good race as always at the British home of Formula One In full: Having done this race three times now and the half marathon here, the novelty of Racing around Silverstone has worn a little, but in terms of a running race it has plenty going for it: ample parking, wide running space making for a quick start, flattish course and good support for a 10k race down the pit straight. The head wind from Copse down to the Hangar straight was a real pain making for slipstreaming not seen since Monza 1971.... An area of slight criticism was the slightly chaotic finish with the positions, but I believe the organizers have acknowledged there was a problem. In summary not the greatest circuit to run on (That for me would be Suzuka (awesome)) but a great place to race. Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: Novelty value and quick In full: Lining up at the start... the smell of fuel, actually ralgex! Good course logistically - ample parking, wide course, no bottlenecks. Couldn't hear the megaphone announcements. Shame they didn't use the lights to start the race and maybe the chequered flag to end it. Felt sorry for the wheelchair racers who on their second lap had to fight their way through the runners. Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: As a virgin 10k entrant this proved exhilirating! In full: Have got the bug now and so has hubbie. looking forward to the next event and plan to come back next year. Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: First time but going again In full: Living in Exeter meant I knew about the 'undulating' hills having practiced them in training. The crowd support was great I didn't mind the repeated lap but agree more could be made of the other more picturesque areas of Exeter such as around the Cathedral and Quay although the Quay would mean another hill. Well organised, baggage bit was easy, plenty of loos, very welcoming ... I'll be back again just for the banana at the finish and key ring and pen found at the bottom of my t-shirt bag ... too easily pleased Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: A good course and plenty of support In full: My first marathon so just finishing has put me on a real buzz. Similar feedback to a lot of other reviews... - Start - I thought there the marathon walk was supposed to start 10 mins after the relay & run. It was tough trying to run through walkers for the first mile. - Drinks : Surely some energy drinks can be provided for people doing the full 26.2. - Relay changeovers - the relay changeover at 16m was perfect, the others a bit chaotic, especially the 'tunnel effect' of 3000 people creeping onto the road to make the changeover. Suggestion - at the Relay changovers filter off the marathon runners and provide some energy drinks. - Mile markers : Make them 10ft tall so we can't miss them - Marshalling - the marshalling was fantastict right through the course except in the last mile through the park. Running through crowds of pedestrains when mentally and physically wasted was really tough.
In short: Lots of cheers, a couple of bands & a few bagpipes! In full: As my first half marathon I could have gone for one with a flatter terrain but then where would the challenge have been. Now living in Oxfordshire my limited training was 99% on the flat, & so to then be faced with the long hills of Exeter was a shock. THe legs did hurt & the last 3 miles was hard work but the crowds definately made the hard work a little easier. Yes, there are some lovely areas that the route could have gone through (being brought up in Exeter I know most of them) but in compromising the route for crowd participation, I think the 2-lap option was well worth it - running through the town centre reall lifted the spirits & passing hte various bands & even a set of bagpipes was briliant (although I didn't 'clap' them all on the final passing! Will I be doing it again - YES! Date of review: May 3, 2006
In short: Well organised & well supported as usual In full: I keep coming back for this one despite the trek up the M1 and along the A43 (and the pain of getting in to the circuit). A well organised & marshalled event.