In short: A fantastic 'local' Marathon In full: My first time at the Leicester Marathon and I'll be back again. It got quite lonely out in the countryside at times but as soon as we headed back to the city things livened up. The marshals were fantastic and the last 2 miles though the shopping area's were fantastic. That hill at he end was murder though! It wasn't even that big!!!! I can't wait for next year.
In short: Well Organised, Marshalls and Support was great In full: Cold start, however soon warmed up when the mist cleared and the sun broke through. Very good running out of town towards the Leicestershire countryside through Watermead park which was beautiful, heading back into town through the town centre. The Marshalls were great as were the Army Cadets at the water stations who did a grand job. There was a good mix of both newbies like myself and experienced runners, and everyone was made to feel welcome. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Well organised and fantastic marshalls In full: The event organisation was great including lots of free parking which was great. Even though support was thin on the ground for most of the route the marshalls more than made up for this with their enthusiasm. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Nothing Special In full: I did the Half Marathon this year and Was really disappointed with the lack of spectators. The race was organised really well but people stayed away making it not as enjoyable as it should have been. For the price - May opt out of 2013. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Very well organised event In full: Maybe a little expensive if you do think about the cost before entering. Marshalls were superb and I never found myself on my own (runners or spectators) for more than a minute or so. There were 2 level crossing which people got held up at. Running through the city centre was fantastic. It was more hilly than advertised in my opinion. Ample parking (although I suppose this may become a problem if it gets bigger!)
Overall, fantastic event that I would definitely recommend. Going to lay off the marathons for a while I think but I would have no hesitation of joining the wusses for the half! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Second time out and may Birthday as well. In full: Ran the Leicester Half Marathon last year and that was my first ever Half. Much excitment coming back again to run my in my home city and Leicester didn't let me down. A great day - in fact my Birthday, so I had to get a PB and at 2:17:36 I got the present I wanted (well cuffed). Leicester might not be the most scenic of runs but once you get into Watermead Park and back along the canal to Abbey Park it's great. With Jackie (my wife), Chris(my son), Alicia (my soon to be Daughter in law) singing Happy Birthday to me as a came up to the finish, that made the day. My other Son Dan finsihed in 1:32:40..Don't you just hate the youngsters .... Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Great race for a 1st time marathon In full: Great marshalls, I'd say the course is flat, lovely toilets in the village hall at 14.5 miles. Does go over a level crossing, not sure how they handle your time if you happen to get a train passing, I'd just missed one. All in all, a great day out. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In full: Having seen some mixed reviews, I would like to say as a seasoned club runner this was a really excellent event and the runners are well looked after. I have to say I got a massive PB in my 4th marathon so perhaps I am slightly biased. There was fantastic support from the many stewards and also supporters on the route. Don't come here for huge crowds but it makes such a difference to have the locals turn out. The scenery was surprisingly pleasant on what was a lovely day. The supply of drinks, High5 gel/drink etc was excellent (can't stand lucozade so again biased!). The course wasn't completely flat but no hills as such until the last 1-2 miles which was challenging after 24 miles! The organisation was good by most standards and there were plenty of toilets, plus at least two en-route. So, I'm sorry London but I much preferred Leicester to you and it was much friendlier and less intimidating! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Not a PB potential IMO In full: I entered the full marathon but due to injury I had to cut this to the half, this was simple enough as you just follow a different route on the day (got a few shouts at the split point from marshals as my number was a different colour). So perhaps a good one to enter if you are injury prone like me!
I think compared to other races I have done this is good value but to a certain extent you get what you pay for.
For me despite my injury, I struggled to get my speed up for the following reasons and thinks it is useful to highlight for others - 1) First few miles very dull along Belgrade Road and didnt see a mile marker until mile 3 2) Toilet queues at the start line were so big I had to opt out and spent the first few miles looking for a public toilet while running (my own fault really but word of advice to get there early!) 3) Not that well supported 4) Ban on MP3 players, which is enforced. I know a lot of runs say they are banned but often you can wear them anyways as I see others doing this but here is was a total NO which with little support and the first 6ish miles being not scenic made a hard start 5) The more scenic parts were narrow paths which were hard to overtake on 6) Last mile is a gradual hill
Good organisation, only bananas and water at the finish but I prefer the t-shirt to a bag full of chocolate and lucozade :)
If like me you need music, crowds and lack of hills to get a PB then just be aware before you enter.