In short: Very welcoming team - course undulated up a lot In full: Well organised using local school as a base. Very friendly and well marshalled. Good views at the crest of the hill. Hardly a fell race, but not flat.
My children enjoyed the fun run, although they found the course quite tough also. Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: Enjoyed this undulating course in a well organised and scenic course. Only gripe is estimated finishing time boarsd are needed at start, given the number of runners and the narrow start. Too many tortoises near the start line. Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: Distinctive road race with mainly long stretches and a few testing hill climbs. Well organised with decent prizes, goody bag, though would prefer T shirt to medal. Definitely a test of fitness. Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: Cold, wet, windy, hilly. Brilliant race. In full: My first marathon found it really tough, but minutes after crossing the finishing line I knew I would be back to do it again. Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: Country park scenery and no cars whatsoever make for a good race In full: Enjoyed challenging hills of this course and scenery - photo view of the lake with solitary fishing boat on it. Coming back from injury so a pleasing result for me. Only downside was lack of arrows on tarmac at turning point - ended up going left and left again! Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: Nice run, not a place for PB. In full: Nice run, but 28 degree and the first 2miles was straight up hill. I wasn't ready for that. My first mile was 9.00, I tried to make up for and pushed myself but the heat nearly killed me. So be careful if it's warm weather. Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: accept the challenge and enjoy-no matter what the weather ! In full: 1St marathon since mid 80's-not enough trainng but its all about the challenge and the magnificent scenery-every one should try it Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: I actually didn't think this was too bad! In full: OK - organisation wasn't great (particularly pre-race info) but I think you should kind of expect this for 10 squid personally and especially when you enter a race with only 200 people that is not affiliated with any running group or athletic group. If I enter a race for 20 quid or more and 5000+ runners I would expect much better (more professional?!)organisaton, more mashals etc. Most of the cash was supposed to go charity - Breast Cancer volunteers were out in force handing out brochures etc so I quite liked that aspect of it. As for the goodie bag - does anyone ever use anything that they get a goodie bag anyway?? Most goodie bags are just filled with phamphlets and if you are lucky maybe a Mars Bar or just a fruit loaf (Reading Half 2005 - very strange!) Did everyone expect a new and useful utensil instead of a glasses case and drink bottle (good for runners no?) I've never found anything valuable or worthwhile in a goodie bag! Anyway I did find that due to the low numbers that it didn't have that "fun run" type feel - a lot of people looked like they were from professional clubs and I did cross my mind once or twice that perhaps I could perhaps maybe come last in the race! Yeah it was muddy, the race wasn't quite 10kms but I actually had quite a good day out with my 2 mates and while standing out in the cold waiting for it to start actually met a few people. Maybe won't do it again but it provided variety from the races I have usually participated in. By the way - where are the race times listed for this? Can someone tell me where I should be looking?
In short: The weather didn't help! In full: A lot more hilly that I expected made the experience a lot harded. The temporany "springboard" over the grass was difficult in the rain. Well organised and the last mile downhill was a liftsaver. Nice t-shirt although a goody bag would have been a nice touch. I think Id have enjoyed it a lot more it the weather had been better, but might do it again. Date of review: November 4, 2005
In short: Absolutely Awesome! In full: What can I say - FANTASTIC EVENT. Everything about this event is awesome, including the distance! 8-) Dick Kearn deserves a medal for the organisation on this one. You'll need to train very hard and stick to the race plan to reach the finish. Enjoy, Rob C. Date of review: November 3, 2005