In short: Pleasant. Lots of support In full: Although there were lots of marshalls they were not at places I would have expected them - a couple of times I lost sight of the runners in front and could easily have gone the wrong way! Long queues for the toilet. Lots of support along the way which was nice. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: The overcrowded shambolic start area spoilt a very well organised event In full: The start was overcrowded with no real control that I could see - the route was bit undulating rather than flat. Perhaps the half/full starts need to be staggared. Also - the £5.50 car park fee was another added expense on top of the entry fee !
In short: Lovely race but depressingly lonely when the half marathoners seperate off In full: Great organisation and plenty of water but one or two energy drinks would make all the difference. Wouldnt do it again but only because Im not planning on any more marathons - maybe the half but then Id feel like I should be doing the full marathon instead. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Scorcher Torture In full: My first Marathon. The heat really got to me and i struggled to hit the 2hrs 15m deadline for the 12 mile marker. This was a shock considering my performances in previous halfs. I was one of the last to finish the marathon, suffered with cramps and jelly legs from about 16 miles. Got to the end though with a combination of run/walking. I regularly treat people in work for the effects of heat stress/heat syncope and i think the 1pm start is definately a tragedy waiting to happen. Will do it again next year though :) Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Friendly, scenic, mid-sized race In full: Plus points: Beautiful scenery - not that I had time to notice it :). Nice 'village fete' atmosphere on grassy finish run-in. Afternoon start time enabling those relying on crap National Express buses to actually get there. Friendly marshalls and encouraging crowd. Good provision of toilets and (much welcome) water stations. But do they really think we can drink from plastic cups while running? If in doubt, try it. Minus points: A bit hilly at times. You run on a hard-packed mud path for the last 3 miles or so - quite bumpy and potentially unkind to the ankles. And yes, it was way too hot. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: My first marathon... In full: Was my first full marathon, and all in all a great experience as I was able to finish depsite the heat and doing that terrible hill twice! Thought the the scenery was great and the organization better than some of the bigger evnets I've run. Probably would come back to do the half, not so sure about the full. Date of review: April 25, 2005