In short: Spectacularly Great Race! In full: Race was very well organised. Spacious race village with lots of facilities. Huge support from the friendly marshals. Great entertainment in the villages. Fantastic course which is challenging enough to be interesting but still achievable by less experienced runners. The varied scenery was amongst the best I've seen at a race. Top quality T-shirt, a beautiful 2-sided medal and a great goody bag at the finish. 5 star race! Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Perfect organisation yet again In full: This event really can not be faulted. From the moment you sign up, you get regular information and even invited to training runs. On the day there is a kids fun run within the safe area of the race course. The day runs like clockwork. Roads are closed, so traffic free. Lots of toilets, lots of drinks, even plenty of gels. Great medal and t-shirt. Support from everyone on the day was fantastic. I will certainly be back again next year. Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: Great race,first class organisation In full: this was my 7th marathon and the best! lovely to be congratulated by Chris Hulse as I crossed the finish line. Would make the trip from Oxford again!
In short: Excellently organised within facilites and start within close proximity, reducing pre race nerves! In full: The race was second to none for organisation and updates and also the information sent along with the race number. The location was excellent being central and handy for public transport. I must also add we stayed at the Crown Plaza right near the race course and it was excellent would definitely recommend it. On the day everything went smoothly and it was nice to be able to hand my bag in, go the loo (twice) and be at the start line all within 20 minutes. The race itself was very undulating with definite hills which did come as a bit of a shock as a friend who had previously ran it said flat with a bit of a hill at the end! However, despite this I got a PB and knocked nearly 4 minutes off my last marathon in 2012 (London). This was a very friendly race and I ran half of it with a lady from West Yorkshire who kept me going (thank you). Other runners were also friendly and offered bits of banter which does make a different because there are long periods where there are no spectators to support. However, the welcome as you approach the finish line was excellent. I have only scored a maybe as far as doing it again purely because I don't have many marathons left in me and I have decided to try different races. The follow up emails I have received following the race just complete the whole experience. This is definitely a race not to miss but best do some hill training as although all the hills were easily achievable in normal circumstances after running 20 miles they can be hard going. Just one last comment is the pacers. I think this is a great idea and I am sure were very much appreciated. Well done to all organisers and volunteers. Date of review: October 7, 2014