In short: Yet again a great day out..Wasn't feeling 100% and did make hard work of this one, but it's a great run. I hope it can survive the problems that killed off the marathon. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Didn't do it this year but usually do - comments as a spectator In full: Amazed by the lack of organisation at the half marathon / full marathon split after all these years. The leader and eventual winner went the wrong way with no-one to guide him. Then someone got their act together. Motorbikes were definitely a liability - one pulled out straight in front of a runner at Wollaton Park. On the full marathon they were constantly running up and down the course including the narrow riverside path and often with pillion passengers with no helmets. Surprised that the lace panel doesn't appear to be Nottingham lace but more of a woven material - can anyone confirm this? Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Excellent half for first timers In full: This was an excellent race for my first half marathon, incredibly friendly people, lots of loos, gorgeous scenery. If only my atomach hadn't cramped at mile 8, might have been due ti slight uphill didn';t really feel it. Very flat, although I found it tougher than my previous 13 milers, that was probably due to running slightly faster!!! Great race, pretty medal and enough things to keep spectators entertained. Ill be there next year!!! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Well organised, friendly race. Challenging! In full: Tougher than I expected. First half felt like it was all uphill! But enjoyed it despite this. Will be back again next year. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Marathon: Worth doing and some things really well organised but definitely marred by thoughtlessness in places. In full: Good things: Drink stations - plenty of them and unlimited energy drink/gels available Marshalls - very supportive and encouraging Mile markers - easy to see and all present
Bad things CAR PARKING - Why do the organisers think anyone wants to walk over a mile back to their car when they've just run 26 miles??? Are these people mad. Marathoners should be allowed to park in the main site car park Route - quite a few double-backs in the 2nd half, presumably to get the distance. It would be better if the 2nd half was a single continuous loop. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great cause, shame it was so poorly organised. In full: Let's face it - it was miserable weather and most people just wanted to get on and do their bit for a great cause, if it had been sunny people probably wouldn't have minded waiting around so much. The PA wasn't set up very well and I had already warmed up before the routine because it was just too cold to stand around! The venue has great scenery potential but I was too scared to look around for most of the course in fear of injuring myself on the rough ground, I found my mind drifting back to cross country school days at one point! Not a favourite but I'm pleased to have done it to raise money for the charity. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Excellent race In full: Course was good and flat with a few challenging hills. The t-shirt was a nice touch but i'd rather pay more for a medal as well. Compared to other local races this year ie Tamworth and Sutton is seemed a bit low key and in need of more sponsorship. Overall though - excellent if you just want to turn up, run and then go home. Big thank you to the marshalls who did a good job with the traffic. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: great event -pity about the put down comments In full: really well organised-lots of drink stations,crowd support and marshalls However-as we were at the back and not very fast,didn;t appreciate the marshalls comment at 6 miles out of''bet you wished you'd trained for this''it was quite demorilising as we had-we're just not fast and it takes a lot of guts when you're not a natural runner and over 40 -just didnt need it!! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Still buzzing from my first marathon In full: Very well organised, marshalls fantastic, great frequent water stations, I can't say enough good things about it. Just one problem for me I wasn't paying attention at the split point got a bit lost, but my own fault. Thanks to the marshalls and everyone involved in running the event. Lifting my foot onto the stool at the end was hard work tho, hahahaha Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: I am still on a high now from running it. I LOVED IT!! In full: My first ever race and what a fantastic start. I couldnt of picked a better race or day. Wolloton Hall and Nottingham Castle looked fab. The home straight was great. Drinks station where well run and so was the event. This race has me hooked now. I cant wait for my next Half.
In short: With most miles downhill this is an excellent first half. In full: Trees, the lake, waterfalls and shade most of the way made this a great run and one I will definately be coming back to next year.
My only gripe is with runners who discard plastic waer bottles down the slopes to the lake - they weigh virtually nothing empty so carry them with you and leave them at the next water station. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great race, but to capacity I think In full: Nice course, first half a little undulating, second half flat which gives PB opportunities if you take the first half steady.
Marshals were great, very efficient and helpful.
Water bottles handed out on the course were of a more economical size, much better than the usual size of which most is usually wasted.
The support around the course was fantastic.
Now the negatives... some parts of the course were a bit narrow, forcing you to slow right down almost to walking. I don't think this race could take any more runners, it would just be too crowded.
You had the option of paying £1 extra for a framed lace panel, which I did and am very pleased with because I have so many medals and it was something different. But it was supposed to be either panel or medal I believe and some runners were taking both, which meant that they'd run out of both for the later marathoners (and half marathoners I believe too). Going home without something to show for your achievement is not nice.
I enjoyed the race immensly though and took 10 minutes off my marathon PB :) Date of review: September 12, 2005