In short: Hard to improve on In full: The best organised marathon I've taken part in. Little things make such a big difference like the fact that the organisers had staff everywhere who were walking round asking if anybody needed any help (at most other races you never see the organisers) and Andy & Chris shaking people's hands as they finished. Slick, well organised exeplar of how to run a marathon, and a challenging course. Could become a firm favourite. Will be back next year to sort out the sub-three. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Those hills hurt!! In full: This is a race that is organised to perfection with some great touches (name on number, constant email communication etc etc) which helps this race run like clockwork, it certainly feels like a race organised by runners for runners... What made this a challenging course for me is that the hills increase as the miles do... Not being a lover of any type of incline this made me very unpreppared for this race - my own fault! It was my 10th Marathon and although I missed out on a PB time this was a well organised race which I would recommend but advise you to do some hill training before hand then you will enjoy this course. The crazy hot October day was great for spectators but not runners... Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Best race I have ever done bar none. In full: I thought the course and organisation where excellent and would recommend the race to all my running friends. By far the best running event I have done.
Falt to undulating is a fair description, but definitely a fast course and very friendly atmosphere.
In short: great day In full: my 4th Chester marathon and Chris and Andy have done it again got pace dead on started with 3h45 pacer kept with them till half way as soon as entries for 2014 open i am in this marathon beats London Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Excellent Course, Facilities on the course well marshalled In full: I came back to my home town to run my first marathon. The course was superb, varied enough to keep it interesting without there being too many hills of villages to run through to disrupt my fledgling rhythm at this distance. I've run about 10 half marathons before this and somehow the full marathon felt more grown up, no 'fun runners'. There were drink and toilets stops every 3 miles or so which made planning fuelling the run quite easy. There were long periods where you were running down country lanes with only a handful of people watching so you could disappear into your running and clock off a few miles.
I certainly recommend this run to anyone who wants to try a different marathon or a beginner at this distance. I managed it in 4h 15. First of many
In short: Friendly, well organised race. In full: 2nd time for me. Was a tough day...got a bit warm out there...but the race is excellent. They know how to look after runners. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Super organisation, great marshalls, thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: This was my first marathon, and the marshalls, organisers and other runners all played a part in helping me to have a great day, coming in easily under my 4 hour target. Thanks for a great day :) Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Super smooth organisation In full: My ability to make basic stupid schoolboy errors with regards to running too fast too early on a sunny hot day shouldn't detract from a very well organised marathon through lovely countryside. Now my 'home' marathon, I'm sure I'll do it again. Date of review: October 7, 2013