In short: Awesome, I'm Still Smiling In full: I still struggle to believe I beat my PB (by 47 secs) with some of the hills on the course. The scenery is inspiring, the organisation is better than many 'bigger' events, the people are friendlier, and even the muddy field at the end made me smile! This will remain on my race calender for years to come. Date of review: May 4, 2005
In short: Good race, as always and enjoyable event In full: Good value race and the rain held off - just Nice wide track therefore plenty of room for overtaking or being overtaken, just like F1 Well done Silsoe joggers & MKAC Date of review: May 4, 2005
In short: As always, a thoroughly enjoyable race. In full: When God sets out his annual weather plan, does he look up the date of the Silverstone 10K on the RW website and think to himself, "right, that'll be wind and rain on May 3rd then." I mean, a glorious weekend and the wind and wet descend on Northants almost as if predestined. But seriously, terrific race and one absolutely made for beginners, I think. Like Arnie, I'll be back... Date of review: May 4, 2005
In short: Great 'local' feel In full: Terrific crowd in the villages, and even the sheep in the fields seemed to take interest. Kirkbymoorisdie brass band added to the atmosphere at the start. Very well organised from car parking through to drinks stations. More enjpyable in many ways than some of the big 'set piece' town races. Date of review: May 4, 2005
In short: Chilled Bank Holiday Run In full: I enjoyed this. It was close to home, it was a lovely day (the sun did smack me a little on the second lap - but hey - I'm not complaining about that). As we ran out of the stadium I realised that we'd be doing the Church Road hill twice - which was frightening - but we managed. I enjoyed the route.
I would do this one again, purely for the fact that I can walk home, it's a course with hills and flats, at this time of year parts of it are lovely. Date of review: May 4, 2005
In short: The scenerey more than made up for the poor (ish) organisation. In full: Quite scary dodging the cars and caravans through grange and back down borrowdale. Took my mind off how sore my legs where though. Great fun trying to get the car off the field at the end. Marshalling was terrible, water stations were great, finish on field was rubbish, atmosphere was suberb. All in all made for an intersting and memorable day. I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 4, 2005
In short: If the crush leaving the stadium could be averted this would be a great race In full: Crush at the start aside another pb for the year means there can not be much wrong with the course. Date of review: May 4, 2005
In short: A great race for all F1 fans!!! In full: This is the second time I have done this race, and is a nice course for a fast time weather permitting (last year during the first lap we had an Hale storm!!!). Can feel like a training run with lack of spectators. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: Challenging first marathon for me, a beginner. In full: More toilets please - I had to dash into my sister-in-laws house at M4. I was surprised at the number of walkers who pushed their way to the front at the start and then blocked everyone behind them while they walked. Some bits of the scenary were lovely, but others quite industrial. They ran out of lucazade for those of us who finished at 5 hours, which was not great. The extra mile due to the bomb scare caused me lots of problems mentally in assumed lost time - but at least I can say I ran an ultra at 27.1 miles. I was stopped for a truck in the industrial section, which broke my rhythm. The drunks in the Army Barracks at M22 hurtling abuse were also less than encouraging. Overall I expected better. Northern Ireland has so much to offer - it could/should be a great marathon that attracts many more entries. Date of review: May 3, 2005
In short: A Challenge - not a race - one to find the route - the other to finish In full: Organisers need some help from the runners. could not believe how long it took to get my number on the day. If the entry form says route will be marked - then IT HAS TO BE MARKED - whether or not a map is handed out. If the event is to grow - just needs a few tweaks - in any case a great challenge !
In short: tough course but fun . very enjoyable In full: took a while to find it could do with a few more signs however once there everything ran like clockwork be back next year Date of review: May 3, 2005