In short: A tough old course with big hills and even bigger rain on the day In full: This was my first marathon and what an introduction. The course is hilly but saves the longest climb to 22 miles. Marshalling was generally very good, friendly and encouraging, although seemed to thin out towards the end; at one point I took a wrong turn until a bloke in a bus shelter put me right! The heavy rain and strong wind on the day made it even tougher although equally added to the tremendous sense of achievement on finishing. Finally, the discounted ferry crossing was a good saving for anyone thinking of doing this in the future. Thanks to all at Ryde Harriers for organising. Date of review: May 25, 2006
In short: Back next year with hopefully some more runners from club. In full: Although this was a tough run and weather was pretty atrocious still managed to run my second quickest marathon. Marshalls were superb and medal was superb.
In short: Testing, hilly course, much traffic for small island! In full: A challenging course with tough hills and even tougher weather. The marshalls were excellent and supportive - many thanks for the Isotonic at mile 24! The only thing that lets it down is the amount of traffic that runners have to contend with. Date of review: May 22, 2006
In short: A tough and very wet race. In full: Great value for money. The weather was awful but that made me more determined to finish. Well done to Ryde Harriers and all the marshals who helped out on the day. Strange medal though. Date of review: May 22, 2006
In short: Loads of History but tough In full: Ok the the organisers cannot help the rain and did a very good marshalling job considering the main roads used. The Prize giving was fab with the Guy who won the original marathon in 1957 giving out prizes. It makes a Fab day out for any club. Date of review: May 22, 2006
In short: A lot of traffic and vile weather In full: The race would have been ot more fun if the weather had been just a little better. Hills were ok except for the last one, it is the only time I have ever been pleased to see Tesco. Thanks to the people who let me tag along behind them! Date of review: May 22, 2006
In short: Friendly and well-intentioned. Small entry and nasty traffic throughout can make it rather lonely. You need to be brave for the hills. In full: Epic rainfall and steady wind made 2006 especially challenging, I guess, but this is still a tough, tough course. Hills throughout and a course which the runners have to share with traffic from the off (no matter how considerate the drivers were) make this one for the brave or daft. Some hard-core support and friendly marshalling was very welcome but whoever designed the medal was on something more than endorphins ! Date of review: May 22, 2006