In short: Forget your pb and enjoy the scenery and the mud In full: Coming from London it was a real treat to run such a scenic and challenging course. After a few minutes we were running through thick mud and some pretty steep hills so I knew it wouldn't be fast. But definitely one of the most uplifting races I've ever done. Organisation was flawless from what I saw. Great fun, lovely atmosphere, and hilarious to watch the puddle-avoidance tactics! Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: Mud, hills and smiles for miles! In full: Despite the torrential rain before the race, the weather behaved for the duration of the half marathon distance. Hills were 'very' hilly! and steep and muddy! marshalls were happy, encouraging and a-plenty. A tough course through fabulous surroundings, be prepared to walk the hills mostly and get wet and muddy from the off! Light shoes with plenty of grip would have been perfect for the claggy clay mud that clung to my feet! Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: Brilliant, beautiful, brutal but well worth doing In full: Well, I wake up on the morning to hear torrential rain on the roof. Things don't bode well. The terraine tough, the hills unforgiving, the surface slippery and treachurous. The marshalls brilliant, the scenery wonderful, my fellow racers full of friendly words and banter, the overall experience unforgettable ... AND and pb !! Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: MUD! In full: First time at this marathon and was a little worried about all the negative postings last year. Well they must have listened as it was spot on. The route was tough with all the mud resulting in my worst time for 9 years but for once that didn't matter. A great day. Well done to all involved. Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: Tough especially in the wet. Well organized and friendly officials In full: The race was well organized with quite frequent watering points. A lot better than some races I've attended. The course is tough, especially if it's been raining. The scenary is good. Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: Tough, wet, fun! In full: What tremendous fun, like nothing I'd ever encountered in road races. The hills were rendered treacherous by the deluge beforehand. Did one mile in 15 minutes, followed by the next in 7 minutes – which says something about the course. Forget the PB and enjoy the ride! Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: up hill, down a hill, up a hill , down a hill, and reapeat for 26 miles In full: Last did the half 2 years ago - Took on the full this time - after approx 15 miles I was think if I was doing the half I'd be finished by now.
Great scenery - never crowded - marshalls were excellent - lots of them - never likely to get lost - However to the photography at the one mile marker who said it was down hill from here - he lied - make he burn slowly over an open fire!
Shame no T-shirts left at the end - but they'll get posted out - so not really a problem - be an incentive to run faster next time.
In short: Mud, mud glorious mud! (And some hills....) In full: Excellent. Wonderful. Fantastic. The mud was horrendous, the rain made the chalk paths treacherous, the hills were impossible after the energy sapping mud... who could ask for more? Oh. And the organisation was absolutely spot on! Many thanks to the organisation committee - best one yet. Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: My fifth over the full course, and still superb! In full: My fifth time over the full course. Again, hearty congratulations to the organisers for such a well conceived route with excellent marshalling and signage. Surely even the moaning minnies from previous years – if they bothered to turn up – could not have complained about the new streamlined T shirt issue and baggage collection.