In short: Very well organised, loads of water/energy/gels. In full: Good event, encouraging marshalls (except the one at the 16 mile marker who informed me "only 10 miles to go"). The lake does test you but for me if you keep it together you've cracked it. Had no problems with the split but be prepared for around 80% of the field to disappear. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Very good interesting course In full: Well organised. If you want a fast time you need to start near the front as some paths are narrow. The woodland made it a very comfortable environment even though the day was very warm. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: reignited my enthusiasm for racing In full: Before the start I was dreading it and wondering why I was there. But it was a good race, well organised, good frequency of water stations, friendly atmosphere etc. There were a few crowded bits but this forced me not to overstretch myself too early. I enjoyed most of it and will certainly carry on with halves for a while yet! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good choice for my first marathon. Great organisation and well supported in first half. Second half much more scenic. In full: Hard to be truly objective as this was my first attempt at the full marathon distance. I was very impressed with the organisation and with the support that turned out for the half. Despite previous negative comments, I actually enjoyed the bit at Holme Pierrepoint more than most of the race - probably because its sort of ruralish which is more what I'm used to. Personally, I didn't find the route particularly interesting and feel that Nottingham, as a city, probably has better architecture etc to show us - possibly at the price of a few hills. Maybe I just don't get on with city based races. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Odd warm-up (or lack of!), late start and very misguided description - gentle slopes - who are you kidding?! In full: This was my second race - my first was a 5k in May. This was a shock to the system in that it was completely NOT what the description said - the course was cross country, muddy and VERY hilly. Very challenging but all the more pleasing to have finished it. Would do it again if I had plenty of time to train for it, would certainly be more prepared next time round! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Well Organised Race!! Pity it's too popuar!! This is my third year running this half marathon, and I too was frustrated by people who started at sub 1:50 but were walking within 1 mile! I think I ran 5 miles in the first 3- dodging slower runners Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Big turn out for 25th Anniversary In full: Most years i have been a spectator here , but this year decided to be a competitor. Fantastic first half Marathon , Loads of toilets at the start , well organised water stations , great Marshalls , and i take my hat off to the Spectators for helping me get round . To see the stands filled with cheering people on the last 200 meters is something i will never forget. For the 25th Anniversary this was a special day , this event can only get bigger and better ....Watch out GNR Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: A great half marathon in a lovely setting. In full: The potential for a PB at Vyrnwy is very good, however, the course is not as flat as some people make it out to be - much of the first mile is up a pretty significant hill and there is another long 3% drag between 6 and 8 miles. Nonetheless, a fantastic half marathon at a great venue. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great day out - great atmosphere In full: This was my first marathon after four or five halfs, and the largest race I've taken part in (12,000 entries). fantastic atmosphere, great organisation and a field full of toilets at the start!
The first half of the race is very well supported but when you split from the half to continue on the full the support seemed to disapear within 20 feet literally! The second half of the course was flat but I agree with others who've commented that the 2 and a half lengths of the rowing lake is so demoralising, it's more a test of mental strength than running stamina.
One word for the stewards, they gave encouragement all the way round which made a change to some of the races I've done and the supply of drinks and gels never slowed - something Blackpool could learn about! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Very well run race (by the organisers!) In full: A few negative comments from others so I thought I'd add some positive. Lots of loos; lots of water/energy drinks/gels; lots of supportive marshals. I think the route's good; a few small hills for the first half, second half pretty flat. If you like your races flat and wide you could always take to the track! On a personal note, a dead straight 21st mile into a headwind was a good (bad!) test of determination! I'll probably come again. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: For Gods sake think of the children and change that lake route! In full: For the first half the support was brilliant but it drops off dramatically after the 12 mile turn off and you get into the full, luckily I met a great guy called Ian and we kept chatting for the rest of the way, but please ditch the cones! It's hard enough but seeing the long lake and you have to run pass the damn thing 3 times! It was my first Marathon distance and I loved the whole atmosphere, great facilities too! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great organisation, poor scenery - please don't make me run alongside that rowing lake again In full: Great organisation and welcoming environment. Lovely, encouraging marshalls. Scenery got dull after the first 12 miles - could the route be changed? I hated running up and down the rowing lake! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: A walk with runners invited, so not really geared for serious runners, but good tough fun with fantastic scenery. In full: Start time varied according to media, so we comprised with a 10am and 11am start. The organisers did not appear to know much about runners ie. 2 drinks stations, no one to record times at end, having to run with a map/directions in hand. Fortunately, in the second group there were only 7 of us, who had great fun meeting up in the middle of fields for a 'which way now' conversation after arriving from a few different directions! We also needed to be able recognise a silver birch!! in order to begin the run in the right direction. The scenery was fantastic, with lots of variety in the terrain. It was a tough run but great fun especially dodging all the morris dancers in full flow along the final furlong. A big cheer is also given to the cooks who provided the apple pie, cream and caramel shortbread at the end. I will definately be back next year with some friends. Date of review: September 12, 2005