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
In short: tough but nothing to compare it with In full: my first marathon and whilst a bit disappointed with time it was great to finish after bombing out over the last 3 miles. Would like to think I could do better on a flatter course and a cooler day.
V enjoyable and will be back next year. Date of review: September 18, 2005