In short: Very well run race (by the organisers!) In full: A few negative comments from others so I thought I'd add some positive. Lots of loos; lots of water/energy drinks/gels; lots of supportive marshals. I think the route's good; a few small hills for the first half, second half pretty flat. If you like your races flat and wide you could always take to the track! On a personal note, a dead straight 21st mile into a headwind was a good (bad!) test of determination! I'll probably come again. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: For Gods sake think of the children and change that lake route! In full: For the first half the support was brilliant but it drops off dramatically after the 12 mile turn off and you get into the full, luckily I met a great guy called Ian and we kept chatting for the rest of the way, but please ditch the cones! It's hard enough but seeing the long lake and you have to run pass the damn thing 3 times! It was my first Marathon distance and I loved the whole atmosphere, great facilities too! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great organisation, poor scenery - please don't make me run alongside that rowing lake again In full: Great organisation and welcoming environment. Lovely, encouraging marshalls. Scenery got dull after the first 12 miles - could the route be changed? I hated running up and down the rowing lake! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: A walk with runners invited, so not really geared for serious runners, but good tough fun with fantastic scenery. In full: Start time varied according to media, so we comprised with a 10am and 11am start. The organisers did not appear to know much about runners ie. 2 drinks stations, no one to record times at end, having to run with a map/directions in hand. Fortunately, in the second group there were only 7 of us, who had great fun meeting up in the middle of fields for a 'which way now' conversation after arriving from a few different directions! We also needed to be able recognise a silver birch!! in order to begin the run in the right direction. The scenery was fantastic, with lots of variety in the terrain. It was a tough run but great fun especially dodging all the morris dancers in full flow along the final furlong. A big cheer is also given to the cooks who provided the apple pie, cream and caramel shortbread at the end. I will definately be back next year with some friends. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Over-crowded but a good bunch; great weather In full: Surely this race is now too big for some of the bottlenecks on the course. Apart from the crowds though, it was a good race in great running weather with a friendly bunch of runners.
Woolaton park was nice but otherwise the route is pretty dreary in the most part and could have been a run through any town.
Organisation was good (and loads of loos!). If I can't get into the GNR, I'll probably be back next year. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: they ran out of medals???? In full: seemed to run out of medals for the slower runners. one of our group did a fantastic 2.13 which was a brilliant achievement for her. she thought that only the fastest got medals. say a lot of upset runners at the back. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Too many people In full: Lets start with the good points: The mile markers were spot on and very visible which meant I didn't miss a single one. Bad points: Too many people for this kind of course (very narrow in some places). This meant that even by mile 11 we were reduced to walking pace. Quite a lot of people seemed to start in the wrong place. Runners who started at the sub-1.40 marker were walking after half a mile. Not too much of a problem if only one or two do this but it also makes people move closer and closer to the start. After reading some people's comments about the amount of toilets, I must be blind! I saw queues and queues of people before the start and only about 8 loos for 16,000+ runners. The course is quite uninspiring. I chose to only do the half this year as I was so disappointed with the second half last year. Some nice parts (Lace Market, the Park) but mostly could be in any city / town race. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Running almost 3 laps around the town at the start was novel but overall the route changes worked well and the cider memento was well received. In full: The real winner on the day must have been the local council with the car park costing £2.80 for 4 hours, but that's about the only gripe I can think of. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good race despite a few aspects of organisation which could be improved. In full: First marathon so when I say I enjoyed it it's a relative concept for miles 20 - 26. Good organisation, plenty of support, drinks, gels etc.
On the down side the directions to the car park were rubbish, I wasn't too keen on the bits in the second- half where the course went up on side of a row of cones and back down the other, and the price is a bit steep (but cheaper than the GNR, not difficult). Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Race organised well, but not the prize giving. NO mention made of the fact that it included the Devon AA Championships online, or on joining instructions sent out with number. Annoyed because I would have entered! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Fantastic views - who cares about the hills? In full: A lovely route along the scenic Purbeck Way and South Coast path, passing through Corfe Castle and Worth Matravers. This is a walking event as well as a run, which meant that there was a route description and that, yes, we runners did get a bit stumped around Corfe Castle (mostly due to not reading the route description). But who cares? It's a run not a race and the views are fantastic. I will definitely be there next year! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Excellent first timer or for PB. In full: Having travelled from Sheffield to this race (only my second ever 10k) I found this race to be well worth the visit. The course is an excellent course for first-timers and for people looking for a PB as the course is nearly all flat. Medal is OK. Tee shirt very good quality. Well organised. Critiscms: Water station at 5k far too small for any runner trying for a PB in the middle of the pack to get a drink. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Nice conditions, well organised, great support. In full: I enjoyed this a lot more that last year where I started too fast and found the Derby road hill at 8 miles a killer. Paced myself a lot better and didn't find it nearly as tough. Great support from all around the course and even managed to get a PB which was an added bonus. Perfect conditions for running made it enjoyable. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Tough race - great scenery, back next year! In full: Fantastic atmosphere - and wonderful location. I imagine the weather can really make or break this race.....blazing sunshine made it tougher, but the views...oh the views!
In short: Well organised, and for a very good cause In full: Very flat course across the grass and through the trees. However, points lost because of out-of-place distance markers. Several people had messages on their backs explaining the reasons for racing, which was very touching. Date of review: September 12, 2005