In short: Enjoyable but I could have done much better. In full: The scenery was immense. I thought that it was a nice idea having it in the evening although travelling down the M25 in the rush hour is never to be recommended. Had I not messed up my pre race snack I could have PB'd in under 37 mins but nausea and two terrible stitches put a stop to that. I'll be there next year. Date of review: July 14, 2005
In short: Nice route, good spread of running types, good support at the end, whatever your time! In full: Hill at 7kms is hard, but checking with the forum had prepared me for this. Rest of run is very nice, mix of country lanes and residential roads, with a nice stretch at the end back in the park, round the lake. And orange segments at the end - fab! Date of review: July 14, 2005
In short: Surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK the run went along a dual carriage ways and through housing estates. It starts from a pub and holiday complex that looks like a Bulgarian Ski resort. Date of review: July 14, 2005
In short: great organisation, great weather followed by great beer In full: Nice to see a race start spot on time. I enjoyed the (traffic free) town section and was pleasantly surprised at the splendid park sections. The sharp down-hill turns were a bit tricky and the exit hill was taxing second time round. Water water everywhere... Nice tee (would prefer a medal) and the banana and orange at the end was a nice touch.
Many thanks to the organisers and people of Preston for closing their town for us.
Back next year, deffo Date of review: July 14, 2005
In short: Nice evening race In full: Yep, the hills were there but most were of a gentlish grade to be able to plod up. The lack of talking at the back of the field emphasised that! Well marshalled, nice route leading to a very pleasant summer evening run Date of review: July 14, 2005
In short: Undulating i kid you not! In full: Just when you thought there were no more hills a nother would pop up and another.........then another. Good run but far too hot for running much better suited for spectators, Give me a cool damp day any day for running!!! Date of review: July 14, 2005
In short: Very good race with nice scenery. In full: The lond down hill start makes a PB a definate possiblity. Especially as you don't finish back at the top. The course is scenic & varied. Definately recommended. Date of review: July 14, 2005
In short: Have done this twice: a hilly hot race but lovely location. In full: When they say undulating, they're not kidding! Steep hill just after 7km but lovely downhill run towards the park. Date of review: July 13, 2005
In short: Very hard, legs absolutley trashed for days In full: Punishing hills and narrow paths, Great atmosphere amongst runners. One you'll remember for a long time - a seasons highlight Date of review: July 13, 2005
In short: This was my first marathon and was really looking forward to it and it was a good run. In full: I have some doubts as to the facilities and the quality of the "expo". There was very little there to see. I had forgotten my gels and there was on even any sports type shops there where you could pick up anything that you may have forgotten. The run was enjoyable though and many thanks to the sprinklers across the road at the 24 mile mark!!! They really could have used more drinks stations, Running along the coast exposed to the sun and rapidly dehydrating they couldn't come fast enough for me. Date of review: July 13, 2005
In short: Wonderful day out for all the family, non-runners too! In full: Superb scenery and great atmosphere make this event an enjoyable day out. Course is scenic but challenging, starts smoothly enough, soon reaches a huge hill that seems to go on for ever! Nice T shirt and medal, would recommend. Will wear a kilt next time! Date of review: July 13, 2005