In short: Lovely course, fantastic local support and very well organised In full: My first time running Basingstoke Half. A very well organised race, lovely challenging course and fantastic support through the villages and at the finish. Will be signing up for next year. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Great event, great atmosphere. Definitely give it a go! In full: A very tough but rewarding 13 mile cross country run. Everyone was very welcoming and the nutty bar about half way round was a great addition.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: The event village, coach travel, aid stations, gift bag, shower facilities and post-race meal were all outstanding, possibly the best run event I have attended this far. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: It is Tuesday and it has been bucketing down with rain....but.. In full: I am still smiling remembering Sunday and one of my favourite races of the year. This is a fantastic 10m course with a bit of everything and always lashings of mud somewhere on the course. A real test, but so rewarding with varied terrain and views, and the race has my favourite finish. Firstly the panoramic views as you run along the ridge and then helter-skelter down through the woods and then opens out so you run down the path through the vines and always a treat to be greeted by the race director on the finish line - fab! Thanks to all at ETL, your events are consistently professional and slick and always with a twinkly of a sense of fun. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Enjoyable race, well organised In full: The course- (for me the most important aspect) Amazing, exactly what it said on the tin. Scenic, flat, couldn’t have asked for more. The marshals- clear early signals. All very helpful.The medal- double up as a bottle opener Brilliant. Would I do it again??? Yes most definitely. I can’t imagine anyone saying different. A great day out, a perfect location with great potential for a PB. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Flat and fast but not very scenic in parts In full: Disappointed to be standing around at the start for an extra 20 mins due to problems with the park & ride, I later found out (could not hear announcements as speaker was too far away!). Overall a good race but route narrow in parts so difficult to get past runners. It's getting better so will probably come back next year. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Best experience of my life In full: Partook in my first marathon race in 2014 at Loch Ness. Had an amazing experience, the race day organisation was incredible. Quite a challenging yet not overly difficult course with breath taking scenary. Hospitality is incredible from pre race to post race food, teas and coffees at the start were an added touch. Everyone I spoke to throughout the two day festival were very friendly and have me some last minute race tips. If you only ever run one marathon, the Loch Ness is the one to do. Addicted to the marathon feeling and can't wait to partake in more during my lifetime.
In short: Organisation needs to be improved. In full: Good to have technical T-shirt rather than cotton,& choices of S,M,L, but I am very extremely disappointed that my 'small' technical T-shirt is huge!! Practically knee length & massively wide. It measures to a 40 inch chest. How is that 'small' !! Totally inadequate amount of toilets. People still queuing after start. Start pens disorganised, a free for all. Didn't even hear gun for start. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Fast and flat with great local support In full: A great pb course - most of it flat or downhill with only a few gentle stretches of up. One section was over uneven road surface which was bad to run on. Very nice to have so much local support cheering us on. Although it's all on road it's not the dullest half I've done, and was overall quite pretty with the autumnal trees. Water stations plentiful and perfect small bottles with sports caps. Well marshalled, and an excellent goodie bag. Gripes: parking was disorganised, and some people ended up paying twice as the pre-booked car parks were full; I couldn't see many loos at the start although apparently there were more. Maybe better signage next year. I was upset that the results were published in alphabetical rather than position order and are searchable by name only as I like to see how I've done overall and in my age and gender categories. I will probably run the race again though. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Another fantastic race - well organsed - friendly marshals - great hat and great weather In full: This is my third time doing this race. It is very well organised with very friendly marshals and team behind it. Its hard but its a great course and most of all different and good fun. thank you see you in 2015 Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Absolutely fantastic event In full: Maybe "Yorkshire flat" but it's not flat! A fantastic course though. Well organised and fantastic support around the course. A credit to the organisers :-) Jane Tomlinson would've loved it, she'd be so proud of what Mike, her family and the team have achieved. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Not flat. Support understandably sparse in places, but very encouraging In full: This, my home city marathon was my 5th. It has left me on a massive high with a PB, and the dream of a sub 3hour marathon finally fulfilled. Races like this, with the endeavour of the organisers, volunteers, supporters and competitors are such positive events in a world of bad news, that it feels harsh to criticise. But to make the Yorkshire Marathon better I would.... Remove the up-hill at the finish. After nearly 26miles of running it is demoralising and could actually be the straw that breaks the camel's back for some exhausted runners. Remove the gantry with clock near the brow of the last hill, which I and others mistook for the finish. It is soul destroying to give everything you have got for a final sprint to the line, only to find it says 'Almost There' Dramatically improve the signage at the University. Reduce or remove the 'out & back' sections of the course. Take out the relay race. It doesn't seem right to have people running 3 or 6 miles alongside those making the huge effort to run 26.2 Have consistent goody bags. I had a medal, t-shirt & milkshake in mine, but other people had the same plus crisps and chocolate bars? Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Can we have it this foggy always, please? In full: This was a great day out. Last year's minor hiccoughs around baggage and crowding seem to have been solved (so much so my bag was waiting for me as i arrived at the counter - well done, guys!). (The paths through the Uni campus are twisty and not designed for a straight journey anywhere! A pre-existing problem.) The run was great, great atmosphere and support, brilliant marshals, and due to the flatness of the course and ideally cool weather, definitely a PB. ;-). Just one gripe - why finish on "that hill" - it whould be possible to finish on the new campus site roads, which would make it even flatter overall, and a lot flatter at the end! Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Fantastic! In full: This was my first time attending this race and it was fantastic. Incredible scenery and a challenging, but very enjoyable course. A killer kill at mile 12 - but I enjoyed every minute of the race. Brilliant organisation too. Date of review: October 14, 2014