In short: The best Marathon in Britain In full: If you only run 1 marathon then this is the 1 to run. Ideal running conditions, picturesque scenery, welcoming people and only 1 major hill at 17 to 21 miles. The goody bag at the finish is excellent value as is the barbeque. Excellent day. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: WOW WOW WOW In full: Tough (me knee blew up at mile 22) but I will be back next year. A great atmosphere, great views and some fantastic people to run with (thank to Helen for keeping me going!) Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Tough going in places, but hugely enjoyable. In full: Beautiful scenery was such a pleasure to run through it more than made up for the horrible hills at miles 4, 17, 18, 19 and various points in between. Great goody bag and a T-shirt you actually want to be seen in! Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: My most enjoyable Marathon ever but then I say that every time I run. In full: I cannot recommend this enough. Great organisation and atmosphere. The hills are a challenge-well they were to me- so a PB would be difficult butthat never detracted from a great day. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Better than I remembered it from last year. No muddy fields to cross! In full: superb run, again, and even though I had 'senior moments', or even total lack of recall of all those upward climbs, I would still do it again next year. a definite must, in my calendar. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Loved this race, great support and a definate sense of achievement. In full: This is a very hard marathon and if it was a battle between me and the hills at 17,18,19 then the hills definatley won! Well worth doing though just for the burger and soup at the end, also fab goodie bag. My advice do it if you can its a toughie but a great experience. Also the coach journey is a laugh especially when people need the loo!! Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Brilliant day, course, goody bag and volunteers. In full: First race since having baby 5 months ago. So glad made effort to get fit for it. Course was gorgeous except for bottle neck at start, agree should have been anticipated time markers. Fantastic goody bag and the bag handling system was great. Def do it again. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: 2nd time and enjoyed it again In full: Enjoyed the race for a second time despite being much slower than originally hoped (due to me not the course) but still a pb by 3 minutes. The 2 short hills seemed easier this year. My only gripe was that I was really looking forward to a sponge just after 8 miles and there were none left. Also, some runners need to learn to run in a straight line as I got cut up several times (the one guy then went on to run straight into a steel bollard, hope he's OK!) Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Excellent event In full: This was my first time at this event, I would deinately do it again. Lovely course, perfect for a PB (took three mins off mine), great goodie bag. Only criticism was that I was almost crushed betweeen a car and a wall on the Ness bank part of the course. This narrow road should have been completely closed to cars!! Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Always a good run In full: Alway a good race. Queens Sqaure is transformed into a welcoming racing village. It's always nice to see plenty of St Johns people, just in case. Drinks and Energy stations were well organised and postioned. The only grumble I have is that there were no announcements that I heard for people to make sure they were in the correct time category, this led to a slightly frustrating start. All round good run. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: This really is a great day out for the whole family ! In full: As everyone else has said, Excellent organization, tons of drink stations, lots of support from locals, a big silly hill at 23 miles that more or less goes on until you finish at 26.2 miles, just to make sure you really are knackered when you finish.
There was great freshly cooked pasta at the finish for runners and very hot showers which were needed. If I had to be picky - you could say there werent any pictures taken, but who cares, the memory of this event will be with me for a very long time ! Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Excellent! In full: Slightly hillier than expected but fantastic scenery made up for it! Everything was so well organised, there where plenty of water stations and even snacks on-route! Very friendly, even for those who finished over 5:30. Would definatly do it again. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Best Half in the UK Surely!!! In full: As ever brillant half. Bath take note your half is not a patch on Bristol. Why? Thanks organisers, marshalls & cadets!! See ya next year for another PB Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation. Challenging and very enjoyable course. In full: This was a superbly run event, the marshalls were abundant and cheerful, regular drinks stations and energy gel available when needed most. Generous goody bag. None of the hills are real killers but the constant up and down takes its toll on the legs enough to make this a challenging course. Overall this was an excellent event which deserves to be much better supported, lets hope the organisers efforts are rewarded with sponsorship and a bigger turn out next year. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Well organised and a pleasure to run In full: Well done Bristol for organising a very enjoyable half marathon. Thrown a little by the twisting of the course at the start and finish, but overall a fast, flat potential pb course. It was well organised with the majority of walkers in the right spot (GNR please take note), a clear count down to the start and a good runners village. The highlight had to be the gents urinals - kept the queues for the toilets to a reasonable length. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: My first hill race. Hard work, but very rewarding. In full: Between 1 and 3 miles I really wondered what I was doing in this race. I had underestimated the intensity of the first climb. However, the sun was shining and I looked up for a few moments to take in an amazing view across Aberdeenshire. If only I could take the time to stop and look around. No such luck - there was two more peaks and another 4 miles home!
Organisation was great. Well done to all involved at Garioch Road Runners. I particularly enjoyed the home bakes and a cup of tea at the finish.
Off to Hellrunner in a couple of weeks, but it has a lot to live up to better Bennachie. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Stunning In full: Marvelous, couldn't fault it in any meaningful way. One suggestion now its chip timed - put timer mats at the start and finish of the steep hill at the start and the mile 17, 18, 19 and 20(!) hill and give a "king of the mountains" jersey/prize to the fastest over them. Loved it, will recommend it. A perfect antidote to fighting through the crowds in London, New York, Paris, Newcastle...... Cheers to the Ozzie guy who went from his final training run in 28deg in Brisbane to this and ran with me for about 10 miles at 8 min pace (I was the one in the red t-shirt). Huge respect to the guy running breathing through a stoma (fast bu**er as you were). Date of review: October 4, 2005