In short: Local race for me. Think it is excessively over priced particularly considering how much of entry fee goes to charity. Like to know what costs so much with so many people entering! Course is good, although narrow in some places. In full: Water station at mile 11 didn't have enough volunteers and I didn't get drink as I ran past. All volunteers handing drinks out and runners in way to get drink. Didn't want to stop as in good rhythm! Good to see more toilets this year and better positioned. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: A fantastically organised race on a deceptively undulating course In full: Apart from the course being a long 26.2 miles(or 13.1 depending on which race you did), this is exactly how you want a big city race to be. Slickly organized, great facilities in the race village and plenty of loos! The course was very undulating for the first half and flat for those of us on the second half who did the full marathon. A surprising test. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Great race! In full: For my 10th marathon and first in-land...
The hills in the first half weren't as bad as people made out so I felt great up to 1/2 way. Then felt really bad and struggled. The crowds were much more sparse and water/lucozade upto 3 miles apart made the heat even more unbearable. They could atleast have split and had a gap between so I could drink both!
Otherwise this was a good race. The tshirt is well-worth the extra cost, and the madal was a well-received chunk of bling at the finish line!
A special mention to the Motivation Crew at 19 miles. Wow, great guys - even if we could hear you shouting for over an hour!!
Organisation was good, the start was easy, the finish was well-laid out and well-run.
THANKS NOTTINGHAM!! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: 5th Year Running - Route Needs Changing In full: This is my local. I started with the 1/2 back in 2005 and since then have done the full.
The half is a really good race as it takes in the more scenic parts of Nottingham like Wollaton Park. You can forgive the hills for that.
The full is lonelier experience as it breaks off to eventually go to the waters sports centre and there is little support (though more this year) and there's no shade. It's repetitive and no one seems to enjoy it. However, the course for the 2nd half never seems to change. I don't know if it's a logistical problem or they can't be bothered. They should bother because it's not cheap to enter.
All in all I probably enjoyed it this year more than previously because even though my knees were agony, I still got under 4 hours. So I am very pleased. The support was mostly really good.
The goody bag is full of sweets containing artificial sweeteners, so I'd rather give those a miss. A couple of flapjacks and a packet of crisps would be better!
Medal changes subtly every year. Nice to run the 30th race.
All in all, good but could do so much better.
By the way, this is no reflection on the people who volunteer and were organised and encouraging and kept everything running smoothly. A big thank you to them.
My gripe is with the course and whoever decides that doing a lap and half of Holme Pierrepont is in any way enjoyable. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Well organised, undulating with good atmosphere In full: Did the half marathon and found the course to be undulating but scenic through the parks and round the city centre. Didn't get a PB as was caught up in congestion for the first couple of miles, so will remember to start in a faster start pen next year. Well organised, plenty of toilets for a change, nice goody bag and a decent medal. Lots of support out on the course, well stocked aid stations. Parking was straightforward and easy as we got there early. Was quite expensive but I'm happy to pay a bit more and get a decent medal - liked having the option of buying a t-shirt. Well done Nottingham! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Good organisation but where is my T-shirt! In full: Thought the organisation of the car parks and race village was very good. All water stations were well stocked and at good intervals. Finish was also well organised. Only real niggles on the organisation front are no T-shirt and lack of pen marshalling. Don't see the point of colour code bibs if it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference at the start.
Also the park sections did feel narrow at times for the number of runners.
However, all in all a well run good event that I would definitely do again. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: My local marathon, so I'm loyal...... In full: Yes it is expensive, (don't bother paying for the t-shirt) the first half is a seriously hilly challange with massive amounts of runners on some occasionally quite narrow paths, and the second half is quite lonely in places. But it is a well supported race, through Nottinghams nicest bits, with a fantastic atmosphere - loads of drummers, music, and the odd water pistol attack.
An unusually high number of 'dead' runners at the sides of the roads this year, though, and alot of marathoners breaking off at the embankment and just doing the half. The route was identical to last year, but alot of people did seem to be struggling.
Marshalls and huge crowd (particularly in the first half) did a fantastic job of cheering us on, and it's this that makes it a fantastic race! It's my big race of the year, and I love it! Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Well-organised In full: got carried away at the start of this my local race which I have done many times before, forgetting that I have not done any distance training since April! Remembered when I got to 3 miles and jogged round uncomfortably for the next 10 miles before enjoying the 100m sprint to the finish line. Thanks to the Help Desk for helping me to locate my family at the end. Date of review: September 12, 2010