In short: Not a bad race overall, could have been better water stations & road organisation. Pleasant though. In full: Not a bad race, although was dissapointed at the organisation a little. We had to run on the pavement to ensure we didn't get hit by cars! The only water station was at the VERY start and at the VERY end and each one was a tiny cup full. A little clubby but a good race for beginners, so don't let it put you off. Pleasant run, not too flat but not too hilly. Would maybe do again!Weather held out too which was lovely. Date of review: April 16, 2006
In short: Well done to the organisers for getting the race together after last second problems with he course. I think it was a nicer course for the change anyway. In full: Nice run out for a pre-London speed burst. I have to say that it will go down in my memory as the race where a lovely couple of Salford 'Scalls' winged an egg right in my chin. It hurt alot but I have to say it got the adrenaline following for a quicker finish. For next year can we have some armed police on the route for such incidents? Date of review: April 16, 2006
In short: excellent & well organised In full: a very well organised race with plenty of marshalls. a very nice start to the race with a run alongside the broad but does have a challenging hill which you have to go up twice but there is plenty of encouragement to get you up there. excellent goody bag at the end, well worth the entry price Date of review: April 16, 2006
In short: As usual an enjoyable event. In full: A great race for any class of runner ,a good hill after the first mile which climbs about 1.5 mile, but after that its all mainly downhill and flat. Better traffic control this year with plenty of marshalls around the country lanes and Police officers on major junctions. I got a PB this year, and will definately be back again. Date of review: April 16, 2006
In short: Short Course (6.09 miles ish!) In full: Following many problems with enforced course changes the organisers did a good job in getting this one started at all, thanks. course measured at 6.09 miles and so was only just short. It would have been usefull to have KM markers and those of us who 'glow' during racing, a water station would have been particularly usdefull. Will do this next year. Date of review: April 16, 2006
In short: very nice race - bit boring track, but well organised and great family event In full: was well organised for a first time it was run, plenty of toilets (if you went inside the club house as well), and nice showers and cafe for family and friends to wait in. great for a family day out as well, could have had a few more people at the top of teh lake to cheer or encourage supports to walk up the road next to the run and clap. BUT well done great effort for them Date of review: April 16, 2006
In short: Organisation could have been improved upon In full: There were no mile or kilometre markers so if you did not know the route it was difficult to pace yourself on the first loop. Although not a problem to me there were not any drinks stations on the route Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Lonely second lap for beginners like me! In full: Lonely second lap, so as a first marathon on my own it was a test of will. Support at drinks & sponge stations excellent and the encouragement from the TA on the last mile made the difference. Considering the number of full marathon entrants I thought the event overall was very good & I might convince myself to do it next year!
In short: Not one for beginners, seemed very much like a 'clubby' race, not for mere charity runner with little experience. In full: Car parking- enough said. Weather can't be helped, marshalls brilliant considering they were stood in freezing cold and wet. Was injured whilst running, had to fast walk last three miles :0, made it in late- would have been nice for the finish line to still be going as I certainly wasn't last. Expected better souvenir to keep from first organised run. On plus side, raised some money for Cancer Research and have now broken my fear of organised runs. Nice scenery, as already commented on, several laps of the same piece of the course was demoralising for beginners. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Very fast but a bit boring. In full: Make sure you turn up early as there are long queues for the carpark (field). Flat course and very fast but open to the wind and a bit boring. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Good for a PB In full: Parking was a bit slow but apart from that the organisation was ok. Lacked atmosphere. Even at the finishing line where the crowds were there was little encouragement. Wasnt the most inspiring scenery just running round the lake, found miles 4-5 particularly hard. Saying that, its as flat as a pancake and I got a PB by over 4 mins, so would do it again Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Hilly and challenging In full: A tough race in a delightful village. Going to places like this an extra bonus to being a runner, for its location this comes second to Great Langdale in the Lakes, no shame there. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Slightly disappointed not to get a medal after 16 miles! In full: This was my first long race. The organisation was OK, wasnt enough loos (are there ever?!) and there was hardly any crowd support on the way round except for in the town centre. The scenery was pretty along the towpath, but unfortunately the traffic was not stopped on the second part of the lap so part of the race was on a rather narrow pavement. A bit gutted not to get a medal after my hard efforts - I already have lots of mugs at home! Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Overall, not a bad race. If they repeat next year, need to think about provision of more loos and not having the portaloo where we had to squeeze past it at the start of the race. Hope Asthma UK raised loads of money. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Maybe it was the weather but wasn't impressed. In full: Turned up an hour before the start and was directed to the overflow carpark a mile away. Was extremely annoyed to find on having jogged up to the HQ area to try and find the toilets (which I don't feel there were enough of), that cars were being directed into the carpark at the start/finish area!! To me it looked like the marshalls were alternating the traffic between both carparks. If this was the case, it is out of order to direct people who turned up early enough to be sent to a carpark a mile away!! Running up and down the same bit of Westacott Way was boredom in itself and the narrow pavement section along Waltham Road made overtaking nigh on impossible was not great either. Other than these two sections, thought the rest of the course was nice. Course marshalls were encouraging, water stations were good also. Didn't mind the bag with the Mars bar at the end as I have so many mugs, t-shirts, medals etc from over the years that I don't normally take the memento at the finish anymore. Results service on website was the quickest I think I have ever seen.In all, I don't think I'll be back.