In short: Great race - beautiful scenery and pretty flat In full: The Draycote Water marathon is set round a beautiful lake which is really inspiring when you're grinding out the miles. It's very different to a big city marathon: much more relaxing as you don't have to arrive hours before the start and you don't have to fight your way through other runners at the start before you hit your marathon pace. The only downside compared to a big city marathon is slightly less atmosphere, but I thought the atmosphere was good nonetheless.
The organisation was great and the recording of the laps was absolutely spot on. The organisers had done a great job setting out all the mile markers which were really helpful and must have taken ages. I also like the fact you could leave your bag near the lap counting station as I was able to pick up my own drinks and I could have dropped off clothes if I'd got too hot (but it was a freezing day!). The course was completely flat for stretches and I don't think you'd get a much flatter course in the UK.
An added bonus for this marathon is all the people doing the 35-mile race. When you're suffering towards the end of the marathon you can think to yourself: thank goodness I'm not running 35 miles!
In short: Fantastic well organized race in nice setting In full: Free Tea&Coffee at the start and Cake and Friendly atmosphere makes you feel relaxed at the Start. The laps are great as you always around other runners and the course pushed me close to a PB. Great Race Date of review: February 18, 2008
In short: Fantastic Race In full: This must be one of the best marathons in the UK. I really enjoyed myself and helped myself to an unplanned and unexpected PB. Friendly atmosphere among runners, good marshalls and clockwork organisation. Also great support from non-racing runners out training around the route. I will be back maybe for the ultra. Date of review: February 17, 2008
In short: A terrific marathon, in a wonderful location and in glorious sunny (but cold) connditions. In full: What a fantastic day. So many plus points. Weather and scenic route made this a pleasure to run, and resulted in an unexpected pb. The dog-leg lap at the beginning was good to get out the way, and you could then concentrate on the 5 laps of 4.7 miles each, a format which seemed to remain fresh and interesting as the scenery unravelled. This format helped to keep runners in sight from the separate 35 miles race and the lapping/or being lapped of/by marathon runners.
The organisation was flawless, the recording of the laps seemed to happen accurately, and the well marked route with distance markers kept everyone on course and aware of where they were. This added to the low-key feel, but great cammeraderie with the other runners.
The extremely generous goodie bag capped a memorable day, and I will definately be back next year. Date of review: February 17, 2008
In short: Great little race In full: A real gem in the calendar - excellant organisation and very friendly atmosphere. The event was made more interesting as there was a 35 mile race starting at the same time, but in a slightly different location. The prospect of five laps makes it sound dull, but Draycote Water is such a scenic place that at no time did I ever become bored. I wouldnt call the even pancake flat as at one side there are some small undulations - but nothing severe. A large portion of the lap is on the dams so this makes a large part of the lap pancake flat. The event even managed to organise perfect running conditions - no wind whatsoever and temperature ranging from 0-7 degrees. Perfect! Date of review: February 17, 2008