In short: A great race. So much better than the old route. Excellent marshals. Very well organised. Thank you. In full: I had fallen out of love with the old route, on which the first 20 miles were pretty scenic and the last 6 miles took you into the middle of nowhere. The current route is far more scenic and the 2-lap element is great for anticipating what is to come in the latter stages. The running looked a bit lonely for the 4hr + runners - the field definitely thins out compared to, say, London, so I am not sure it would be ideal for beginners! Marshals were encouraging and efficient, including the lady with the ghetto blaster playing Chariots of Fire. Thank you all. Date of review: October 17, 2010
In short: Back for 2010 - just as good as last year - if not better! In full: Just got back from Abo 2010.
Well, what can I say?
It was a fight or flea for me with this race - put all the training in, not injured, clocking good times then last night my father died. I had to decide whether I would still run or not - I did and I decided to run in his memory.
It was tough at some points but everyone was spectacular. I talked to and hugged and shook hands with so many 'strangers' and people off the forum and it made for the most unforgettable race of my life.
Home in 3.41 (4 mins off PB) - not the 3.30 I aimed for but I went off a bit quick and slowed naturally around 17/18 miles.
Course was pretty much the same as last year so nice to know some familiar points.
Marshals were fantasic - as was crowd support. Plenty of water, jelly babies and a woman at around mile 20 with COKE which I could have kissed her for (I didn't though, I'm not a lesbian)
Only thing that p'd me off a bit was the slow start on the track - getting around it (especially as it was frosty so quite slippery) and then off onto the route was a bit of a claustrophobic nightmare but it's nice that they uphold tradition and have the start/finish at the track as it makes it feel more athletic.
SUCH a flat course. Have ran a few XC races and Woodstock 12 a while back (9 hills and mini hills in between!) and this was definitely a positive.
In short: This race sets the standards that club organised events should aim to mimic. In full: It's an RW forum party, a F*tch frolic, a PB hunter's autumn target and altogether a great day out. Usually I'm with the skinnies at the pointy end, trying to shave seconds off the pb. This year I was over an hour later, but it's a real party atmosphere back there.
Eleven out of ten. Date of review: December 4, 2009
In short: What a day! What an event! What an experience! Absolutely awesome! In full: My first marathon at the gae of 50 and what a choice!
This was a terrifically well organised event, great experience and a splendid result for me. I came home in 3:09:18, achieving my 'Good For Age' (GFA) target time for VLM of sub 3:15.
I only started racing seriously in Nov 2008, so I'm absolutely delighted with my result and plan to go sub 3 next year when I take on a couple more marathons. This will definitely be one of them! Highly recommended - a cracker without question! Date of review: November 5, 2009