In short: Good race for my first marathon but the hill did for me 2nd time round In full: Good overall race, my first marathon. Set out to try to get a good time which went fine until I got to the hill 2nd time round! Oh well at least I tried but it did make the last 7 miles very hard Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great atmosphere, fairly challenging course In full: Organisation was very good: timing chips this year an improvement. Spectators were great, braving the rain. Thanks as ever to the excellent marshals, drinks station and nipple-cream people. Will be back next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: If you get a good start its a pb seekers dream course. In full: This is a fun run with the majority of the runners just happy to finish and raise money for their charities. I entered for a pb which i got. The course is fast and flat which is why i entered. The only gripe is the fact that a minority of people think they deserve to be on the front row when it clearly says 'under 40 mins only', some of these runners had gola trainers and jogging bottoms hence why i passed them after 2 minutes (walking).
Apart from the excellent. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: As my one and only marathon ever, it was an amazing experience and everything it is hyped to be In full: Due to the amount of time and effort training for a marathon deserves and needs, this was going to be my one and only attempt at running the distance. Having been a spectator twice, I thought I knew what to expect, but it was so much more. The crowds were fantastic, and the organisation as a whole and all the marshalls/drinks stations were superb. All I had to worry about was putting one foot in front of the other and I achieved my target of sub 4 hours. Thank you to everyone involved in the race to making it such a memorable experience. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Only done big city marathons before so this was certainly different. I only entered week before last and hadn't done enough training so became one of those people I have moaned about - had to walk/run the last 8/10 miles. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Well organised, good fun but not 5k In full: A good well organised race but there was no chance that it was 5k, which is why it scores low for PB. But everything else was good! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Thanks for the great organisation. The start is a bit crowded by I set off from the back (first mile 9min) and the others were 7.30mins. Really enjoyed the scenary - a few interesting hills. Really appreciated the water bottles - well done to teh Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Much better overall than last year. Full mark to the organisors In full: Very well done to everyone involved especially all the marshalls that supported us on a terrible morning weather wise. I'll get the better of them hills at 3 & 6 miles next time!! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: My first stab at the Shakespeare Marathon - enjoyed the experience and will be back in 2007! In full: Stratford upon Avon is a lovely place to stage a marathon. With the majority of runners doing the Half, this feels like a big event even though the two-lap format and loneliness after the half runners turn-off after 11 miles makes this more of a mental rather than physical challenge.
One hill of note (8miles and 18miles), which rewarded you with fantastic views once you reached the crest! Apart from that it was mainly flat anf runner friendly.
The marshaling was top-notch, the water stations plentiful (and with the choice of cups or bottles!), and the crowd support was well spread around the course and really helped in getting me my fastest marathon this year!
I note the comments about the cost, lack of energy drinks and hills, but I rate this event very highly (and particularly the time and efforts given voluntarily by all the organising team/marshals/helpers, which allows such fantastic events to take place and continue). Thanks to you all. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Well organised. Very well marshalled. Early start which was welcome. In full: Let's face it Bracknell is not going to be a scenic delight. Nevertheless I thought very well organised with cheery marshalls and a reasonable run. PB (just)so it gives you a chance. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great organistion. Loved the setting, and despite a few hills and a long track section got a PB! In full: Very well organised. Started right on time, and no queues for a parking space even though we had to pay & display. Plenty of water station. The setting is brilliant with one lap around Stratford town with lots of cheering crowds and then through lovely picturesque villages. The hills were a bit of a challenge, particularly on the second lap at mile 18, and the trail/track for the last 4 miles dragged on a bit. But the finish along the river was a great setting, and it was nice to even hear my name announced on the tannoy at the end. Loved the medal shaped as 25. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great race despite the rain In full: Yes the rain dampens the atmosphere a little but it wasn't too heavy and you hardly blame the organisers for the weather. Todays conditions were excellent for running. Well organised with friendly marshals (despite the weather). My only gripe was the narrowness of the start. Chip timing or a wider start would help but it's not a major thing. Bananas at the end were a godsend, and a nice t-shirt too. Date of review: May 7, 2006