In short: Marathon #1 for me - excellent organisation and local support made it memorable. Support from other runners was a great help especially between miles 21 and 25 - the hills after the big one at 19 were the real test for me. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: I had heard great things, and apart from the killer of a hill around mile 19 (which i severely underestimated) it was brilliant! In full: Running a marathon on your 21st birthday isn't something most people would immediately think to do, but i'm extremely glad that i stuck to my guns and saw it through (despite my two friends dropping out). Having not done much training and having never raced before I didn't really know what to expect at all.
The information given was accurate and useful, and although it was a longer than expected walk from the car park to the race start it gave a good chance to stretch out the muscles and start to warm up. Toilets were provided in ample numbers and i never queued more than 3 minutes for the use of them.
The start was a bit of an anti-climax for me personally, but there was little time to think about it. Throughout the course we were supported well locally and the police presence was reassuring and efficient. I'm glad i didn't look too closely at the course profile before i started or i might have realised how much of a killer hill there was at mile 18! Needless to say by mile 25 I was walking, but as i rounded mile 26, my spirits lifted and managed a sprint finish to crowds of people far greater than i imagined would have been there.
Excellent facilities, excellent people and an excellent setting made for a 21st birthday i will never forget. My next race will be flatter and shorter though! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Beautiful, in all senses of word, friendly race. In full: Great, friendly race through wonderful scenery. Last few miles quite tough though were undulations feel def. hilly. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: I would say that has to go down as the best marathon I have done in this country, by far. In full: What a course it had everything, views,woodlands,open land, small lanes, ups and downs, a real nice run.My only change to the course would be the main road bit between miles 23-25, found it hard there as my concentration was wavering.But you cant have it all. well done new forest and thanks for the 26.2 tie. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Excellent marshalling, friendly supportive atmosphere + great scenery In full: My first full marathon, enjoyed the first 17 miles then the hill snipers got me. The course probably should be described as hilly rather than undulating unless you are from the Andes. Thanks to the Lady runner who, I think, came in first who I used as my pacemaker in middle portion of race (before she sped off up the hills and my legs exploded). Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Not sure it was undulating, perhaps hilly would best describe it In full: Very scenic race. The hills were challenging. However, I did manage to knock 5 minutes off my half marathon time Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Nobody told me about the 8 mile mountain finish! In full: What a fantastic race. Small and very friendly. The course is beautiful and varies between moorland, woodland and traditional country road.
It was undulating throughout, but the last 8 miles simply went upwards. There were no downhills and no flat bits, just different grades of up!
The support all along the way was fantastic and I actually enjoyed myself more than in the Paris marathon.
It was hot and more water would have been welcome.
Probably not a first timer course but strongly recommend it. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Well organised, small friendly marathon In full: My first marathon and "enjoyable?" it was.
However the course is definitely undulating with the, albeit small, hills between 18 & 23 miles being very energy sapping.
Loads of water and sponge stations and excellent marshalling and policing that cannot be faulted.
Having the half go 30 minutes before means that at the end the marathon runners are on their own for prize giving, massage etc which allows a convivial atmosphere to develop. Date of review: September 19, 2005