In short: My favourite marathon. The scenery does help in blotting out the pain! In full: Returned after last year and enjoyed the event even more. This event cannot really be improved - real perfection if you love offroad marathons/magnificent senery,hills that bring a tear to your eye, encouragement in abundance from the marshalls and supporters, well stocked feed stations (I even scoffed a sausage roll!), the lone piper at the steps sent shivers down my spine with his playing (a wonderful touch by the organisers), and one of the great marathon finishing straights (sorry to disappoint the onlookers by staying on my feet!).
Can't wait until next year!! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Marashals- fantastic. You did a great job and offered encourangement when it was needed. Well done. In full: Well, enjoyed the race but please, this is NOT a flat race. It's not quite the Himilayas but it is playfully uphill in places (although the last mile down hill was an absoulte treat!). It was a bit difficult along the main road to Amersham where you had to fight traffic for right of way to overtake runners and I admit at this point I was glad of my ipod to keep off the noise. But well done to the organisers and I look forward to trying to improve my time in 2006. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Organisation could have been better. Another eight kilometer markers would not have gone amiss! In full: A good friendly run. Organisation could have been a little better - the late start (because they struggled to get the tents up in the wind) was a pain. At the start no attempt was made to put the faster runners towards the front and so it was quite congested at the start as 35 min runners shared the start line with 60 min runners. Sufficient number of marshalls but the kilometer markers disappeared after 2km. At least twice as many toilets needed. Woud run it again because it's local. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Brilliant race, but a real test in horrendous weather. In full: So many positives, great course, great organisation, fantastic support from the spectators/residents and marshals, good friendly spirit amongst runners, well stocked water stations with a choice of three drinks (and mars bars!, and an emotional feeling running along the finishing straight to big cheers! A memerable day! The horrendous weather will hopefully not reappear next year though! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: In full: A hard but challenging race, with some funny charachters around the course. Very dissapointing that all the runners were getting at the end was a t-shirt (none left when I got my slow ass back. A tee and free parking for £13...steep! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Preferred old course In full: As above but having done the race on numerous occasions since 1983, ran various courses but told friends through Clumber Park and then we didnt enter the park til after 4 miles!!! Not favourite today but past course always has been Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: 5 km or 5 miles, that is the question! In full: Due to absence of a Marshall at a key point (and who can see signage when you're head down into the wind!?) in the 5.6km our day was spoilt and the first six runners (I was fifth at the time) went astray and covered probably 5 miles instead of the 5.6km. Still, great course, so I may do it again next year, just to find out what that hill is like after only 3 miles! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Challenging and demanding but enjoyable. In full: Tough and demanding course, with steep short banked hills in various places and the mile along the beach, which had a strong head wind. It is not a PB course, but if you want a progression from the more conventional flat pathed courses, then this would definitely be the one as it tests you on various terrains. I enjoyed the challenge very much and hopefully will be back next year. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Interesting weather, a challange! In full: The drivuing rain brough everyone together at the beginning. Remember to run up the last hill, I picked up 50 places. Huge feeling of relief and achievment, at the end. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: The Seven Sisters. Why women have a bad name!! In full: Fantastic support, organisation and cakes, couldnt have asked for anything else...... except perhaps for 7 chair lifts. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: yay specsavers! boo organisers! In full: On a more positive note, the volunteers were great, a big thanks to the marshals & assistants there, who were all so willing to help. I hope they will hapily get involved again next time. The route was also quite nice and the mud gave it a bit of variety.
But as for MCC Sports promoters, you have to wonder if they should consider another line of work. Personally, am not impressed with their "promotion". I'm not touching any of their races again! Date of review: October 30, 2005