In short: Potential to be a Fantastic Fun Event In full: I've rated this race low for organisation and value, but that's only because it must've been hard to organise first time round. With the course radically altered at teh last minute due to problems on the beach, it meant that value-for-money was poor as it was a lot shorter.
However, it would be harsh to say "don't do this race" on that basis, as it was a logistical challnge.
Hopefully next year, if they run it, it will be better, and the problems ironed out.
They also need to make teh obstacles a little more stable, it was a bit hairy going over one in particular!
But all-in-all, a great laugh! Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: An ok run around Croydon outskirts. In full: The weather was great and there was a pretty good atmosphere. A couple of long uphills around the houses. Not as uplifting as the Valentines 10k at Chessington. Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: WEST 4 Harriers In full: We have taken note of your comments and will certainly address any problems that you have stated. Apolgies for the ladies loos, this has already been addressed and other arrangments are in hand for next year. Tony Hopkins, West 4 Harriers. Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: Well organised, PB possible although not this year! In full: Overall a great race - I'll be back next year. The hot weather was pleasant but I haven't adjusted yet from the cold winter so no PB today! Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: An excellent early season marathon In full: Two lap course with some challenging hills at the beginning of the laps. Plenty of water stations and lots of friendly marshall. Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: Well worth considering for a smaller spring marathon... Got me over the pain of FLM Rejection In full: Hills seemed longer and steeper on lap 2... but plenty of drinks, lovely scenery and encouragement all the way round. Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: Flat course, excellent organisation, and great support all round! In full: This was my second time on this course and it won't be my last. The organisation is fantastic from beginning to end. The marshalls are great and the locals offer plenty of support. 4 drink stations seemed plenty and the 2 sponge stations were a bonus. Good quality medal and refreshments at the end. One of my favourite races! Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: fairly flat, well organised, and very well supported by the local community, but problem with car parking and getting away. worth doing and great area to in finish, this event will grow. Date of review: April 5, 2005
In short: A good race and my first full marathon so was pleased with 3hr34min - last hill nearly killed my running mate though ;-) Was a bit lonely from mile 14 to 18 until we caught a few folk up! Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Lovely course, organisation and support In full: Very well organised. Flat course with some sneaky railway bridges thrown in. Most memorable was the local support - uniformly uplifting: I can't remember having thanked quite so many people around a course for their encouragement! Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Well organised, friendly marshalls and police, and a suprise sighting of the Norfolk Broads! In full: Excllently organised rural marathon and half marathon. Two laps for the marathon, with the halfers starting 2 hours after the marathon start, enabling them to give encouragement. A very enjoyable experience. Date of review: April 4, 2005