In short: Congratulations to the organisers, a BIG thanks to ALL the marshalls . In full: Only my 2nd half after 20years lay off, brilliant atmosphere.Really got the BUZZ back. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Better than expected In full: Like all marathons you've never done before it's difficult to know what to expect. This one was well organised and well marshalled. The gathering and meeting point was large and easy to access. The start was a little tight - for those of us running the marathon (especially as the target was a PB) it was a little frustrating not being able to get into your stride with so many half marathoners around. The energy drinks didn't suit me personally and maybe that's my fault for not trying it before hand but I ended up not using them which I found out to my cost later in the race was the wrong thing to do. The area around the watersports complex was lovely to run through but the wind made it difficult and to run backwards and forwards along the same paths is a little like Edinburgh and doesn't suit everyone including me. It's a shame that there can't be just one loop around this area This race is obviously well established and to be going for 25 years is something to be proud of. I probably won't be doing it again only because there are others to try. But I would recommend this one to anyone who's thinking of it next year. Shame there isn't an official T Shirt included in your fee, but that's a minor point. Well done and thanks to all the marshalls for all their encouragement. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Well organised, large field with some inclines In full: Very well organised, it even started on time. Given the large number of runners some parts of the race were rather narrow and/or twisty which did course some congestion. The start was very clearly divided into expected race times zones - which made even more frustrating that I spent a good part of the first two or three miles passing much slower runners Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Race organisation good In full: Race organisation good. Infra structure around race like car parking, signage poor. marathon route second half a bit dull and bleak Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Too many people on too narrow streets In full: It was a great race but no one could run their ideal pace as there was massive congestion until we split with the half marathoners at 12.5 miles.
In short: Great fun will be better next year potentially a great race In full: The rating I gave for organisation reflects the fact that it was a first time race for organisers and I think they need to know where thwey need to improve< rather than how I felt about it I loved the atmosphere and friendlyness, and the little problems only added to this, this could become my favourate race, to anyone who lives near Gloucester/Stroud do this race next year,and the Sharpness to Glaws canal is one of the best training areas I know.Well done to Kev the organiser. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: see below In full: The 1k marker was more like 1.5k apparently they have been told it was in the wrong place for the last few years but have done nothing about it!!!! Signposting to the event was non existant(we had a lovely tour of local villages and country lanes trying to find it) hence arrived just in time(2 mins before start) to jump out of the car and dash to the start line Marshalling good and nice trophys.!!
In short: This is how it's done, Blackpool! In full: After running this years ridiculously dangerous Blackpool marathon I had placed a lot of expectancy on the organisers of the Nottingham marathon; they didn't disappoint. The race was incredibly well organised, fast and flat (other reviewers mentioned some hills, where???). Managed to get myself a pb and a free malt loaf! Only downside were the very many idiots who failed to line up according to a realistic expected finishing time. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Fantastic race, never had it so good in a marathon. In full: It's nice to note that in an era where Sunday trading takes over everything else, Nottingham have managed to keep this fantastic entertainment going. Last time I said this about the Leeds Marathon, they cancelled it the following year and it never reappeared. Let's hope the people of Nottingham can keep this going. It's getting much more difficult to find a full marathon anywhere in the country. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: A superbly organized flat race along the river to the Oracle shopping centre In full: A superbly organized flat race along the river from Thames Valley Park to the Oracle shopping centre. Particularly liked the inclusion of a drum band this year to keep the tempo. Could be also be heard as you came back to the finish. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Well Organised, Well attended.....WELL DONE EVERYONE! In full: A great course, hilly but surprisingly fast.Well marshalled and surprisingly i got a personal best by 15 mins!!! (only my 3rd 10M though) Well done to all involved! Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Well Organised a trully top event one for the Race Calendar In full: This was my 5th Robin Hood race and although i was 1 min 47 slower than my pb i once again throughly enjoyed the race Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Enjoyable circuit but very tough for a flat course. In full: This event deserves to grow. Very friendly atmosphere. Organisers learnt a lot I think. First race I have ever done which had a lifeguard!! Distance markers next year please. Liked the little duck memento and the flamingo course markers- nice touches. Well done Slimbridge- hope to be back next year. Date of review: September 15, 2005