In short: Good, friendly atmosphere. Well organized. Lots of people cheering people on. Worksop's a nice little town. Would probably run it again. Sports drinks would have been nice at say, 10 miles. Enjoyable day. Thanks. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: 2nd time of doing this one and a great advert for sussex countryside, in all lovely day! reckon the "if it was easy, everyone would be doing it" holds for this, fairly tough! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Unexpectedly hilly, badly organised, but hey it all turned out okay in the end! In full: Thank god it wasnt raining or someone could have got hurt slipping down the muddy hills! I am very disappointed to learn about the distance issues, as I thought I had smashed my personal best. I think I would have done anyway as I ran well, but its now very dissapointing to have been so excited.
The very least you can do as a race promoter is to ensure that the course is the specified length. Very annoyed about that.
Otherwise, it was okay despite being badly organised. I might do this again next year to see if it improves with age, but I cannot recommend it to others based on this experience. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Just ok? In full: Late start, too few toilets, loud speaker system that could not be heard, 250 m short of 10k. Marshalls ok, plenty of water stations, promised more than it delivered. But it is local........... Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: 1st time so can't comment on last years route but I didn't find this one too hilly In full: Did 2:13 in Nottingham with a dodgey ankle so was well pleased with 1:58 in Worksop. One comment, in Nottingham drink stations gave out bottles, much better than drowning in a paper cup :) Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Great marathon In full: A great race but the weather was the pits! Marshalling & drinks stations excellent. A very well organised race. The only reason I would not do it again is because there are too many others to do out there. Well done Nat Trust & Hyder. I hopefully will have recovered by the end of the week! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Hilly course - not PB material, but picturesque and friendly course. In full: However, compared to other half marathons, not many supporters along long stretches of the country roads. Friendly marshalls though, and friendly crowd. Would not underestimate the hills - race starts pretty pleasant, but does not stay gentle! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Fantastic race, good scenery, atmosphere and organisation In full: Great race, undulating to say the least! Poor organisation at the end, very congested. My own time was a minute quicker than gun time, due to slow getting through lines at end. No goody bag and the medal was a bit sad. Having said all this i will definately be back again, thanks Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: My favourite marathon. The scenery does help in blotting out the pain! In full: Returned after last year and enjoyed the event even more. This event cannot really be improved - real perfection if you love offroad marathons/magnificent senery,hills that bring a tear to your eye, encouragement in abundance from the marshalls and supporters, well stocked feed stations (I even scoffed a sausage roll!), the lone piper at the steps sent shivers down my spine with his playing (a wonderful touch by the organisers), and one of the great marathon finishing straights (sorry to disappoint the onlookers by staying on my feet!).
Can't wait until next year!! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Marashals- fantastic. You did a great job and offered encourangement when it was needed. Well done. In full: Well, enjoyed the race but please, this is NOT a flat race. It's not quite the Himilayas but it is playfully uphill in places (although the last mile down hill was an absoulte treat!). It was a bit difficult along the main road to Amersham where you had to fight traffic for right of way to overtake runners and I admit at this point I was glad of my ipod to keep off the noise. But well done to the organisers and I look forward to trying to improve my time in 2006. Date of review: October 30, 2005