In short: plenty of uphill but down hills to match, lovely weather and looking forward to next year In full: loved it - very scenic - and for the size of the village there was loads of support. Definately will be back next year Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: 3rd time i have done this, tough but scenic marathon In full: This is a race i have done 3 times now, and most people seem to think it is a little short, my times are always quicker here in comparison to most places. Very low key race, but very friendly, well marshalled. Enjoyable, but no PB potential! Just enjoy thr views. Nearly always seems to fall on a hot weekend! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Tough, but very scenic and rewarding half marathon. Very friendly event In full: This was a tough half, expect to add 10-15mins to your normal road HM time. Great views and 2nd year in a row i have done it. Last year was sooo hot, this year was better. more water stations this year, enthusiastic marshalls. Very up and down, some of the trails boggy in places, and hills were very up and down. A few bits of quiet road, but most of it trail and track. Seems very friendly, but no chance of PB potential unless its your 1st one. Will definitely be back next year, and has been my favourite race for the past 2 years. Fantastic! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Excellently organised race In full: Really enjoyed this race, good scenery, good organisation, interesting course, goody bag, excellent value. Obviously organised by runners for runners, and I got a PB! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Well organised, interesting course - and a PB to go with it! In full: As our club championship race, this year's event saw a fair number of us travel over from Chepstow - and so far as I know we all enjoyed it! Thanks very much to the organisers and marshalls - with special thanks to the water station at the finish!
It was great to finish on the track (did anyone manage to match the performance of the Ethiopian ladies the night before, with a ridiculously fast final lap?) though my GPS indicated the 10 mile point being at the entrance to the stadium (guess it got confused by some of the very welcome shade provided by trees at various points around the course).
Beautiful views around the course - which was surprisingly flat given the surrounding terrain!
One criticism might be the positioning of the water stations around the course - a lot of people seemed to think 5 miles would have been a good place to refresh and some thought the water at the top of the hill at 7 miles could have been later... I guess it comes down to logistics?
One final question - what is it with light blue T-shirts this year?!? That's my third one (and I missed out on the fourth I could have picked up at Gr8 Wood by not being able to run...). Not complaining, but it's definitely a 'blue' year! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Awesome! In full: An AMAZING day. Absolutely awesome. I've never experienced an atmosphere like it - running along (well, shuffling by that point!) the Embankment and Birdcage Walk surrounded by cheering people. Complete strangers calling out your name willing you on. What an experience. My first marathon and definitely not my last! Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Lovely race - Will definitely be back next year In full: Lovely race, friendly marshalls, excellent course - not too mountainous, but enough rolling hills to make it interesting. A gem of a race. And we got excellent goodies at the end. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Ok 5 miler In full: 5 mile run ok, lots of water stations and well marshalled. however 3 mile fun run wasn't clearly marked out and there was no 'carnival' atmosphere. i was expecting more happening around the start/finish line. just turned out to be a fairly nice 5 mile run then go home again. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Great race, well worth the travel In full: This is one of the best value for money runs I have been to. Very friendly and well marshalled, not really difficult to get lost. The capacity of the event could cater for the 750 runners limit and I would welcome introducing a 10k as well as I still had my running legs at the end. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Very welcoming In full: As I was the first fancy dress in the 8 years of this race, I was made to feel very welcome, even by the die hard runners. Great organisation, friendly people and great marshalls made it a wonderful day. Date of review: August 8, 2005
In short: Hardest half marathon ?? Certainly one of the best In full: Excellent organisation (encouraging marshalls, well marked routes, 5 water stations) Fantastic course (stunningly picturesque, incredible hills, mainly off road)
I found it a hard, hard race. There was a seemingly endless series of energy sapping uphill climbs and two very steep & very tricky downhill slopes.
The queue for the staircase at 3K was a welcome breather rather than an annoyance and just added to the character of the race.
Although there is no chance of a PB, it was well worth our 200 mile round trip.
It will go down as one of my favourite races ever. Date of review: August 8, 2005