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
In short: Small & friendly, well run & a good stiff challenge In full: Only downside a bit 'fumey'and traffic heavy but only at one point. Otherwise a really positive experience. I've only done London before and this is the polar opposite in terms of size, I spoke to more people here than at 3 FLMs together. I'll be back but save the PBs for a flat one. Perfectly possible to ferry across and back same day from London area but a sunny forecast will make a family weekend of it. Date of review: May 30, 2006
In short: Wet - very wet - the marshalls were fantastic In full: One of the "old fashioned " events that has moved with the times and welcomes all standard of runners - might have been a record turn out this year - pity about the weather ! Previous years we have had the tar melting and sticking to our trainers !
Congratulations on the 50th IOW Marathon - but who designed the t/shirt ? Date of review: May 29, 2006
In short: Well-marshalled, friendly,scenic event. The hills were challenging, without being impossible. My main criticism is that the traffic was very heavy and distracting. Any chance of closing roads? Date of review: May 29, 2006
In short: As always - well organised - great marshalls especially in the weather ! In full: Quite a hilly course - once they start they just keep coming - weather was very wet this year - the 50th year ! Date of review: May 28, 2006
In short: A marathon that makes you work a bit more In full: A very tough race with lots of hills, even though the course was still open to traffic there was no problems, leaving your own drinks at water stations is a simple but fantastic idea that other marathons should look at, it was very wet but i prefer that than heatwave, enjoyed it and hope to do it again. Date of review: May 27, 2006
In short: Well organised - excellent marshalls In full: A tough marathon - the weather was rough - cars with their headlights on at 12.00 noon ! Very friendly marshalls. Only disappointment was the tee shirt - thought it would have been something special as it was 50th year - so no sale to me. Date of review: May 25, 2006