In short: Forget MdS - this is the endurance event. Great people. Do this and you will never forget how great it was. In full: Don't be scared of the headline distance - this is the most incredible event. The field is so mixed and the organisers so good at the health and safety that anyone can do this with some sensible preparation. I did this in 2005 with my wife. It is just the most phenomenal thing you can do. Going into it my marathon PB was only 4:29 so I was no racing snake. However I was still middle-ish of the pack and there is a long way between the front and the back. That said, we witnessed some of the most incredible athletic achievements I have ever heard of, let alone seen and were truly honoured to be part of the MoB family. This race is all about the great people, great course and making sure everyone who can possibly do it does actually finish. Needless to say the sense of achievement is second to none. Date of review: December 1, 2005
In short: Very individual race with a few quirks In full: A lot of posts seem to say this half is very hilly - I can't agree. A few hills yes, but nothing serious. Maybe they make it harder for beginners.
The organisation is OK - but there are some problems. Particularly frustrating for me was the busy start due to cramming everyone in to a 5 metre across path with barriers both sides. I think they should work harder to ensure faster people are at the front and slower at the back.
However, overall a great park to race round and lots of support. Date of review: December 1, 2005
In short: Smashing race. A credit to the organisers. In full: Both times I've run it I've been impressed with the venue, the organisation, the flat course, the marshalling, ultra-fast printing of results (free), the friendly atmosphere and, on this latter occasion, pre and post race massage. What more could we wish for? Date of review: December 1, 2005
In short: not one of the most scenic but a good run In full: how is one expected to start where the officials would have liked us to when after going to the toilets the queue was still in the 35mins zone and i for one was unable to find my way through all the runners who were wanting to be stood there and the ones waiting to go to the loo's, nice run it's getting more popular which is really good for " Help the Aged " which is why we run this race " isn't it?" Date of review: December 1, 2005
In short: Excellent race. In full: One of the most most scenic races I have done, ranks along side Coniston 14 and Lake Vrnwy Half. Very well organised. Quick course, a definite PB potentiial. Will do it again, recommend it to anyone. Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Good race and one that you can take at your own pace. In full: Late review but very good race (B race), first one for me after 3 years off - started at the back and hoped thare was always somebody in sight to save looking for the signs. Apparently there was less mud than in 2004 but still soft enough under foot for my fragile legs1 Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Trail race with a friendly atmosphere In full: A nice route; a mixture of trails, some easy, some very rutted, challenging but not ridiculous, with a friendly 'small club race' atmosphere. I'll be back next year for more... Date of review: November 30, 2005
In short: Excelent for my First Half Marathon In full: I really enjoyed running this race. It was my first race full stop, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The hills are OK, but seem to go on for ever at places.... I would definately do this race again and might even consider trying the full marathon! Date of review: November 30, 2005