In short: What a fantastic day, but running up the hill in a kilt is tough In full: Superb location and very well organised. 3 good excuses for not getting a PB though: 1 wearing a kilt 2. The HILL, 3. Warm day Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Good fun, bit of a bun-fight to start, could stagger the various start times. In full: The marshals were indeed supportive and had good senses of humour, which was a great help. Finish needs better management, to speed finishers through, and drinks provision could be better. Well worth a go though. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: tough on the ups enjoyed the downs In full: Finally realised after the race that I enjoyed it hope to be back in 2007 to get a pb. GREAT CAKES just like my old nans worth going just for them. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Must be good as my wife who said she would only run one marathon ever is going to enter again next year. In full: The organisation of the start puts the Great North Run to shame. We joined the back of the queue and were over the start line in 15 minutes. It took us that long to take ONE step in the GNR. People said the support was amazing but it was better than that. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: An enjoyable run in the rain but the souvenir wasn't my bag! In full: Done a couple of halfs but this was my first 10 mile race and I realy enjoyed it. I thought that the last mile being a repeat of earlier miles encouraged me to keep going hard because I knew exactly where the finish was. Thanks to all concerned. Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: Great Village fete atmosphere, catering for all the family including closed roads for 10K & fun run. Great home baking & bar, easy access & parking. In full: Sadly only showers for men. Need to advertise as 'unisex, bring swim wear' next year. Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: I loved it and want to run it again next year and try for a faster time. In full: It was my first marathon, I loved it and never stopped smiling all the way round, can't wait to do it all over again next year - just a bit faster. Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: Amazing experience - totally out of this world In full: I cannot believe how well organised and how fantastic this race was. I had heard people raving about it and I have done a big city marathon before but it totally surpassed my expectations. It was so easy to get to the start and the atmosphere and the cheering stations around the course manned by the charity I was running for were totally amazing. Okay so i got a PB and I am still on a high one week later. I will be doing this one again for sure. Worth every minute of the hard training I put in. Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: Don't feel ready for FLM then try this! In full: Having only recovered from a virus the previous week, recent food poisoning and promising myself that one year I would enter the FLM, I set out unsure of what I would find.
Leicester's similar race had been a bit of a quiet but pleasant event.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was well supported by runners, convenient toilet facilities (unlike Leicester) and local radio station support.
I would summarise this one as a good event for those runners who want to take the next step up from the odd charity 5K that they do a couple of times a year. Date of review: April 29, 2006
In short: Only the need to beware the odd juggernaut when tired is a serious minus, otherwise fantastic. In full: A great race in a great setting, but a personal disaster - bad guts after half-way turned an expected 2:52 and V40 prize into 3:13 and nothing. Still, if you're nine-minute miling instead of 6:30 there are worse things to look at than a snow-capped Ben Nevis in the sun. Organisation efficient and friendly, though with so many heavily-manned water stations perhaps a few people could be spared to man the junctions in the last couple of miles instead of depending on signs? Course is very nearly as flat as advertised, no complaints there. I'm quite sure I'll be back - but next time I won't depend on Fort William takeaways to carbo load! Date of review: April 29, 2006