In short: varied terrain - the countryside stretch was a welcome break from the car-dodging! In full: Perfect weather for it. Great mixed bag - countryside, parkland and roads. The only real gripe is the busy roads - at times you felt you were taking your life in your hands to overtake. Aside from that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Stunning scenery, great race. In full: Great race. Stunning scenery and great course. Challenging hills but not extreme. Very friendly. Hope to return year after year. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Fabulous trail challenge, great atmosphere In full: Having done the Garburn, with the same organisation, I knew everything would be first rate. But this course and distance made for an extra special experience. Thanks Graham and Claire Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: First half post small people, not so much hilly as gentle upward incline throughout. Lovely scenery tho', detracted from the pain. Got a better time than expected so I was happy! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Beautiful, in all senses of word, friendly race. In full: Great, friendly race through wonderful scenery. Last few miles quite tough though were undulations feel def. hilly. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: new off-road section basically single-file - not good for overtaking! In full: I think some of the km markers were missing and at least one was in the wrong place (I know I can't do 41/2 minute kms). Liked the off-road (woods and footpath) but it slows you down. Lovely goody bag too - a pleasant surprise. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: This was my first race and with hindsight the hills were alittle tough. But the sence of achievement upon finishing was not to be missed. Only thing that spoilt it for me was the first drinks station couldn't cope with the amount of runners. In full: It hasn't put me off and i'll carry on running. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: I would say that has to go down as the best marathon I have done in this country, by far. In full: What a course it had everything, views,woodlands,open land, small lanes, ups and downs, a real nice run.My only change to the course would be the main road bit between miles 23-25, found it hard there as my concentration was wavering.But you cant have it all. well done new forest and thanks for the 26.2 tie. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Lovely scenery, quite flat but good fun. Shame about the distance as I was convinced that i had done a good time until checking the distance. In full: My first 10k and I really enjoyed it. Despite being nervous the organisers and other competitors really settled my nerves with a great atmosphere. I clocked 59:55 and was really pleased that I had broken the 1hr mark, only to discover that my GPS shows the circuit to be less than 10k. Nevertheless I will be back next time. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Worth the 350 mile trip exelent organisation In full: I had a great day. Having turned up an hour before the start it took me 11 minutes to cross the line. Yes there were people walking after a mile but were easy enough to pass. great atmosphere from crowds and other runners. Plenty of water. I'de like to remind the others who moaned remember why you turned up and with 50,000 other runners its going to be a bit cramped! My heart goes out to the families of the four that died. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: The longest last mile ever.. needs better etiquette rules In full: Seriously hot and apparently 70% hummidity. First time runner in the GNR but can whole-heartedly say I enjoyed the experience and will try and get a place next year.
Could do with better running etiquette guidelines and try and get walkers to move to the edges of the carriageway to allow runners to run down the center.
The first water station @ 4.5 miles was too far on such a hot day. Other than that no complaints. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A real challenge, great scenery and good atmosphere. In full: Markings could have been a bit better, we got lost about 14 miles and ended up missing the last water station, as there are only three this was not good! Also I slipped in a ditch and cut my leg, I think if there was a more serious accident it could have gotten hairy as there were very few marshals and at some points no houses even for a mile or so. Other than that it was a well thought out route, challenging and good fun, obviously thought up by runners. The facilities were good - the hot showers afterwards particularly welcome - and was nice to have food laid on. All said it was a great day and I really enjoyed it, many thanks to the organisers! Date of review: September 19, 2005