In short: Lonely, not many spectators In full: This was my first ever marathon. Thank god I prepared as the hills were killers, especially the one around mile 23. But why call it th eLeicester marathon, no where near the city? Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: I had a great day, although my legs rebelled at the hill on mile 12, and my heart sank! Not enough loos at the start, but otherwise really good organisation Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: generally good with some faults. In full: My fifth Half Marathon and the biggest field by far, need more toilets, and the energy stations had run out by the time I got there! Bad news hill at mile 12, esp. as course was described as flat.Car parking expensive at ten quid, and depressing having to run away from the finish line to do a hairpin and then run back towards it, otherwise great fun! Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: Pants In full: The Race was ok and at the time I ran what was a I think a P.B. You see I will never know because despite 10 attempts to get my time I have still not been given an offical result. Scince this I ahve recently run Bristol and my word what a difference excellent the two events are just in a different class.
In short: Atmosphere fantastic - the marshals were really supportive and there were plenty of drinks (water and energy) provided. However it did have more hills than I expected for a course described as "flat".. a particularly nasty one at about mile 12. Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: Maybe a little Weagie bias here. In full: I was sceptical about the new course, but it does give superior views over river. However it does seem to add to the congestion, to the extent, in my opinion, of being a little dangerous (not like playing Russian roulette dangerous, but on the Kingston Bridge you could imagine someone tripping and a lot of people struggling to avoid them). The start is now a long way from the changing and you can imagine that not being so clever in bad weather. The cost of this race is also very steep. Per mile/km the 10k must be one of the most expensive races in the UK. However a good atmosphere and reasonable course in a very friendly city. They just need to start the race later or persuade the city fathers to allow alcohol to be served earlier, as there's a fairly long wait at the end for that celebratory pint!
In short: great first half - poor second - too many parts of the course which have been added to make up the distance - there's 4 lots of two way running - needs a rethink Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: great race but too congested at the start for a PB (unless you push towards the front) In full: Start was appauling. Everyone had different coulored bibs dependending on expected time which showed where they should start. So why do so many ignore it. Also, from start to bridge was far too narrow. Route should change to accomadate the large start. Huge amount of congestion until over the kingston bridge meant first mile took 2 minutes longer than any others. However, atmosphere was excellant including bands and pipers. Nice to have some shade in the park. I realy enjoyed running this once I got past the first mile Date of review: September 16, 2004