In short: Great run for marathon training In full: I tried not to race this event as I am running Boston marathon next month, but got swept up and ran a little quicker than expected. The mile markers were spot on, drink stations at the right places, well marshalled & good signage. Only minor niggles- would be nice to have some nosh (mars bar pieces/raisons etc) especially in the latter food stations; a drink table at the end of the funnel is also needed. I'll be back Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: very well organised, stewards where one would expect them and enough drinks stations In full: a warning to other runners, don't wear a thermal vest on such an event under two other tops, it doesn't help performance. A timely reminder for London! Only just made the cut, the stewards were standing there with the tape poised and struggled due to the above for the final loop. Definitely one for London preparation. Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: Flat 21.2 Miles, A Few Loops, Early Start In full: :-)
Seems to always be the day the clock goes forward and with a 9am start that means you are really on the start line at what seems like 8am.
Mile markers, excellent water/squash station provision, good marshalling and the mental torture of a 'decide during the race' 15.1 mile or 21.2 mile option. This means that all the way from mile 12 your mind will be playing tricks on you trying to tell you that the sensible thing to do is to take the 15 mile finish.
Ideal pre-FLM race. Enter early, it fills up fast. Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: Ultimate FLM 'warm-up' In full: I did this race so I didn't have to do my LSR by myself, and it did not fail to dissapoint me. Good atmosphere among runners (although a shame that the event cannot take on more runners). Drink stations a bit sporadic but I walked through them and took 2 drinks, of which there were plenty. Route directions on course the best I have ever seen. Fantastic location and scenery!
To the organisers: couldn't hear the loudspeaker at start at all. And I was at the front! Amazed that I did not see a first aid station in all 21 miles! Please give some extra goodies/treats on completion. I mean you do 21M then all you get is a medal. Even a blister plaster would be nice!
To other runners: some of you guys (and a mean a minority) are an absolute disgrace to the sport by chucking used energy gels in the bushes and around the countryside etc. Just put them in you pocket!Throwing it away by drinks stations is fine, but even if the marshalls do go round the course picking up litter (which i am sure they do) you cannot expect them to find all of them. I dont want to see this again; its pathetic.
Despit the above, thanks to organisers and marshalls. Great fun! Great job! Could well be back! Date of review: March 25, 2007