In short: My most enjoyable marathon experience In full: This was my first trip to the lovely Isle of Wight. The 2007 marathon was tough but it was well organised and followed a scenic route around the island. There was enough water and sponge stations, in fact they seemed to be at just the right intervals. The facility to have your own drinks taken out to drink stations was appreciated and the collection on the course was seamless. Very freindly and helpful organsers and marshalls contributed to a well organised event. I would love to come back. I was pleased to finish inside the top 20, but there were a few points after 19 miles where I was unsure of which way to go. A few more marshalls or even signs would have helped remove the doubt. Date of review: May 22, 2007
In short: Tough course providing satisfying sense of achievement In full: I thoroughly enjoyed the race. Even though I was right at the back the marshalls were splendid, very encouraging and helpful. Could have done without the strong wind in the second half which interfered with any potential benefit of the occasional downhills. Didn't like the traffic, though. Date of review: August 29, 2006
In short: New meaning to undulating In full: Up until an hour before the race still not sure that my ankle was up to it but soldiered through. A challenging race but the first 10 miles takes it out of you. Well done marshalls. Hopefully next year will be injury free and better run but not a pb ... will save that for Silverstone I think. Date of review: August 25, 2006
In short: I was very tired!! In full: Great small event - sadly lots of cars, inevitable at this time of year. As a visitor I'd have liked a few more signs/route markers in the last three miles, but all the organisers and marshalls did a great job. However, had a great time running with two islanders - a very nice woman and an Irishman who ran this as his first half of 1:52. Well done mate! I'll do it next year if the family holiday fits........Leek next week
In short: Hilly and horrible In full: As my first half marathon, this was a real challenge. I almost had a heart attack when I saw the hill profiles before the race, and several times whilst running it. Marshalls nice and friendly, if a bit thin on the ground. Lovely scenery, shame about the traffic jams - running uphill breathing in fumes wasn't much fun. Small race, so it was just me and a friend near the back for the most part, with no-one else in sight. Probably better for more experienced runners. Date of review: August 21, 2006
In short: HILLY AND CHALLENGING In full: this was a challenging race with plenty of hills to go up not what you would class as pb potential.i dis the iow marathon this year and thought that was hilly but this seemed to be worse!the marshalls and organisation were every bit as good as the iow marathon but the only bad thing was the amount of 'yobs' in cars going past shouting out crude messages to the runners as they went past and the lack of patience from cars as the went past us , is this realy the way that the islanders are? (don't get this problem in other races on the mainland!!
In short: Bloody hard work this one. In full: From a personal perspective one horrible race, although I achieved a PB found the whole race a nightmare. Although I had done this route in training 15 minutes quicker, found today a right mare.I will do it again as I know I can do better. If you like hills then this is a good race for you. Hats off to the chap that won in 1:10. If only I ws that good. Thanks to Ryde Harriers and lets not forget the marshalls. Could have done with one on the right turn to the finish, noticed quite a few people missed the turn and expected to finish on the road where the start was. Date of review: August 20, 2006