In short: Did relay - superbly marshalled - surprisingly nice course In full: A bit of debate as to whether we were running hills or inclines. They weren't steep but they did go on - miles 2 to 5 seemed like one long pull. Marshalling and organisation first class. I managed to run past the finish line and my relay partner had to chase me down - didn't see a sign! Full marathon would have been a killer - three laps of a tricky course. Date of review: December 7, 2005
In short: Our first effort was rewarded with a third place achievement which will bring us back for more. Everything worked smoothly and I would recommend it to others. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: 3 laps, 3 times the fun... In full: This was my first marathon and i thought the laps were great - you knew what was coming. Special thanks to the woman who set up an impromtu drinks station on the last lap. I was disappointed with my time but I enjoyed the whole thing. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: a fantastic multiple terrain race from the severn vale rising up to the cotswold escarpment , one big climb at midpoint then some genuine cross country with a splash 1 mile out Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Its called GRIM for a reason! In full: Cross country on dirt/mud tracks, plenty of water (freezing cold) to negotiate and one camo net. Very hard work, but a laugh! Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Tough Marathon as the undulations seem more like hills on last lap ! However outstanding organisation and big field of 600 Runners. Also the Relay offers another perspective on the race In full: One of the best organised races in a mix of town and country. Three laps is not to everyone's taste and it can be quite a tough run with some longish inclines. Water and Isotonic stations and plenty of parking plus close to train station.
The three laps offers a relay option for a team of three and this also means more company on the road for the marathoners although need to show discipline on your pacing and not chase somebody only doing 8.73 miles ! However all relay runners are clearly identified to avoid confusion. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Loved it! In full: Although you will never get a PB unless you start right at the front, this race is superb especailly for beginners and people who have never run before, atmosphere was electric and the support was good - Well Done Liverpool Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: my first marathon ever, and the best experience to go on running In full: Challenging as it was quite hilly, you need to pace yourself from the start as i started very dynamically and the third lap was very painful to me. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Very well organised, as long as you like laps In full: Hardest marathon i've done, but managed a PB (glad I did some hill work in my training). Excelent organisation and teeshirt is a good design. Thanks to all the organisers. Like the ability to have water or energy drink at each drink station. Doing laps is hard when the route undulates so much.
In short: Come for the fun, not for a PB In full: Better route than last year - published route looks better still, but can't avoid roadworks at moment. Never seen so many smiling faces. Even my wife managed to smile and run at the same time! Let's hope we got the record Date of review: December 6, 2005