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
In short: not your normal 10k In full: a little bit of everthing - forest trail, beach, tarmac, grass and sand dunes. well organised and marshalled. for £8 (pre register and no sae) you get a marie curies race vest and medal - great bargain Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Fantastic Organisation, Great Scenery and a PB In full: This is a great event. The organistaion was terrific running like clockwork, without forgetting that we are all there to have fun. The Marshalls were friendly, helpful and supportive, and kind to my wife and daughter (who wern't running). The scenery was wonderful through woodland for almost the entire course, underfoot was excellent cindertracks throughout apart from a few hundred metres of tarmac. I will return to this race every year from now on, and my wife suggested she will start running again after experiencing the feeling around this event. I also took 4 minutes off of my PB!!! Well Done Farnham Runners you show many "Bigger" events how it should be done. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: _ In full: Nice run, but running over dunes and along the beach may tire you out quickly, if this is your first 10k. The organisation, considering this is a small event, was good, and race results were available 20 minutes after the race. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Difficult running surface In full: The Canvey sea wall is mainly stoney/gravel so it does interfere with your rhythm. There was a bit of a cock-up where the 5k and 10k runners split. Otherwise, good event. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good choice for a first time marathon In full: Excellent facilities for the runners and supporters, loads of loo's (which makes a big difference when you don't have to queue for half an hour before the start, plenty of water stations and loads of friendly marshalls. Had to dodge the many motorbikes along the course - especially around the watersports area. Overall, a well organised event with loads of info before and at the event. Brilliant :-) Date of review: September 12, 2005