In short: This event just keeps improving In full: This event has grown from strength to strength. It is a fairly challenging course, but the hills keep it interesting too. A must event for a local runner Date of review: May 18, 2012
In short: Perfect marathon In full: Everything from the marshalling, scenery, water stations, medal, goody bag and hot showers were faultless. Even the weather was fab!
Was particularly impressed with the drinks stations. I put two drinks in box 2 and as I ran up to the water station the marshall already had my drink out, opened, all ready for me. I was able to maintain the same pace.
My favourite is the Kielder marathon but this is a very close second. Date of review: May 17, 2012
In short: All time favourite marathon - loved every minute! In full: Have ran this event several times and will be coming back again next year. Enormous thanks to the organisers, the marshals and the locals - jelly babies, fruit pastels, oranges, jelly beans and lots of high fives! Thank you Halstead. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: Great course, support and marshalls. In full: It's already been said on here. Great race, very well organised. Loads of encouragement on the course from supporters and marshalls. Great finish area with a decent goody bag (for a change), good value massages and ice cream. What more could you want? Oh and the weather too! Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: Brilliant first marathon - thanks to everyone In full: Like others was due to do Stratford but didn't want to waste the training for my first marathon so came from Bristol. Only slight let down was that I thought I was in the running for Female 55+ fastest, which wasn't announced and had to ask an official who had me listed as 3rd in 50+. Got my prize shortly after though and like most of the other postings thought the marshals and supporters during the race and at the finish couldn't have been more encouraging. Only problem now - would any other marathon be a disappointment! Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: A very well organised, nicely challenging marathon In full: This was my first marathon and I was a bit apprehensive after reading about the hills on the course. Fortunately they weren't too bad at all and the wonderful organisation made the race as pleasant as a first marathon can be!
I got round in 3h35m, faster than I was expecting, so good times are pretty achievable I'd say.
The course is beautiful and lots of supporters made it out. All in all, a brilliant day.
Tip: take advantage of the special drink stations, they make a world of difference. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: perfectr In full: i cannot fault this event from the ample parking to the race HQ and the most wonderful course with encouragement to get you round, the personal drinks is a nice touch and great medal/goody bag even the weather was spot on glad i brought my own sunscreen thanks to everyone involved Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: A fair course and lovely atmosphere for a first timer In full: Can't really add much more than has already been said before. It was all good. Challenging on lots of levels - undulations, 2 laps, the grassy bit a the end - but it's not meant to be easy is it? Loved that my bag was being held out to me as I approached the baggage area at the end! Thank you HRRs! Date of review: May 15, 2012