In short: great run, with 3 long drags, there are many small hills, but the three hardest are at the 11 mile stage, 16 mile stage and the back breaker is the long long drag at the 23 mile stage, gop for it, it will put hairs on your chest... Date of review: June 3, 2005
In short: It's a tough course but very rewarding if you can finish. In full: It's a tough course but very rewarding if you can finish.
The marshals are very patient and they do not put a time limit on the race. Great news for us fun runners.
The hills provide a good challenge the more experienced runners who want to test themselves.
I'm told that next year will be the 50th time this race has been held! There are big plans being made and the organisers have already attracted sponsorhip for 2006. I'm looking forward to it already. Date of review: May 28, 2005
In short: toughest marathon i have ever ran In full: great day out - i'm training for comrades - this was a test - my hardest marathon ever and i got a pb - i did 2 oceans (56km) in 2004 - this was tougher, but a great run. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Tough, well organised and friendly but the traffic is horrendous In full: Every bit as hard as the rumours say- only a couple of the hills are really steep, but its the sheer number of them that wears you down.Good organisation and lots of water/sponge stations, the only downside is that you are frequently running on the side of the road alongside heavy,fast and usually impatient traffic. I suffered for the last 10 miles, but the fast final mile at least lets you claw back a bit of time.Definitely a race to be experienced ! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Memorable! Tough with a capital 'T', low key but worth the challenge. In full: Maybe I didn't do enough hill training, maybe I'm just a wimp but I never want to see another hill again.
Hill after hill after hill makes this a challenging course, still it's worth doing if you want to test yourself. NOT recommended for a first time marathon, which mine was!!!
A very small number of entries meant that it could get quite lonely as the racers spread out.
I have to comment that there were plenty of drinks and sponge stations, and the organisers were willing to drop off your own drinks at any one, or all, of these. Oh and they were constantly checking your number on the course, just in case you had got ‘lost’ and ‘inadvertently’ taken a short cut!
A nice atmosphere, with lots of runners helping others, and then clapping as others finished.
Traffic was a BIG problem, I watched two guys almost get wiped out by a bus whose driver was just too impatient to wait 30 seconds!!!
I suffered for the last 10 mile, and suffered severely for the last 5. Thanks to Steve from York for all his help over those last few miles, I owe you a beer fella!!
In short: A road run, and sadly, you don't get to see much of the country due to high hedges. Local support poor to non-existent for the runners at the back In full: Considering all the footpaths on the island, it was a shame to make it a road only run. We didn't actually see much of the scenery either, which was a great pity as IOW is a lovely place. Out of the race organisers control, I know, but the traffic was not kind to runners, with only a few cars slowing down and quite a few zooming by quite close. Since much of the run was on roads without footpaths, it got a bit hairy at times - ad to run through a traffic jam at one point with no path on the left, so had to run on the outside of the traffic facing on-coming cars, bikes and caravans. Running at the back, I didn't see any support from local people which was a shame - maybe not advertised locally? Possible though that they couldn't wait for us backmarkers, but there was no support even at the start of the run when we were all bunched together. The report didn't appear in the local press for 2 weeks, so maybe a lack of interest locally. Two of the junctions (one of them a crossroads) were without marshalls and one of the people running towards the back took a wrong turn twice. Would not recommend it as a first run, though if you are a good, confident runner and unafraid of cars, give it a go. Date of review: September 2, 2004