In short: The hardest Marathon in Britain...more like an ultra Marathon..a beast In full: I couldn't finish the race...didn't eat enough and short on 23 miles but it was an amazing race...the hardest I will probably ever take on in this country...orgaisation was fantatsitc with distance markers all around and marshalls at every corner...thanks to Sharon for helping me out on 23 miles and the woman who gave me her lucozade on 19 miles that helped me on to 23...maybe needs some more competitors to increse the atmosphere but it's one of the country's best kept secrets.... Date of review: May 23, 2007
In short: Unique event with enough hills to keep you interested. In full: Very friendly event with an interesting course profile. Road traffic not bad. Surprising that more people don't come out to support it though, especially considering how long it's been running! Should be a 'must do' in the marathon calendar. Date of review: May 23, 2007
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!!