In short: First half is excellent, but then then you are on your own In full: The first half was excellent. Lots of runners (most just do the 1/2 mara) and lots of supporters around the course. Still some long stretches of no support, but there are enough runners around to keep you company. The second half is a totally different race. Very isolated, not many runners and very few supporters. At the back of the pack, even some of the marshalls had given up encouraging the runners, and lots of the runners were walking in an isolated trance. Coming from East Anglia, I felt it had a few hills and there were definite stretches where it was undulating. Although I wouldn't do the full marathon again, I'd defintely recommend the half. Oh, and starting at 1pm meant it was getting quite chilly by the end, even though it was extremely hot for the beginning. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: outstanding race venue, exellent weather conditions In full: a truly outstanding race, well worth the 2 hour drive, stunning scenary, will be doing again next year Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Hills were a bit tough but the bison made me laugh!! In full: Well organised apart from start, too congested had to walk.. Great atmostphere and support.. Tough hills but will be there next year :0) Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: My first marathon, finished it ..... YIPEEEEE!!! Dreadful time, but who gives a monkeys I've done a marathon!! I rule all !!! In full: Very hot day, it would have been nice to have had an earlier start so you can spend the rest of the day enjoying Stratford. A big thanks to all of those people who were still cheering us stragglers on, I owe you all for helping me finish my first marathon. Thanks a million ! Date of review: April 25, 2005
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