In short: Great race, fantastic marshals, outstanding organisation In full: I ran the marathon today and its 2 loops of Bewl water and a little loop at the start. The course was undulating to say the least but its absolutely stunning and a lovely place to run in. We had all weathers today but everything in the aid stations worked perfectly with some very friendly and helpful marshals.
The aid stations are roughly 3-4 miles apart and it was plentiful for me. Gels, banana, jelly babies, crisps, cake and flapjacks (the most delicious flapjack ive ever tasted!) and plenty of water/squash.
I think you can tell when a runner organises events because its the little touches in the organisation that make you go: thank god, that's great! The signalling was perfect and easy to see and despite it being a swirvy course - you never doubted what direction to go. This is great for me as I get lost running familiar routes! The organisation for number pick up was clear, easy and we wasted no time in doing it. Baggage was easy and secure.
The course underfoot today was a lot of dry mud so trail shoes are definitely a bonus here. I ran in road shoes and felt the difference.
A great (huge) medal and quality tech tee that I'd wear again.
A big thank you to the organisers for organising a low key event that ran like clockwork and was definitely easy for a runner to do. The crowd and atmosphere is so welcoming that I'd recommend the event to newbies.
Other RDs should learn from the professional work of these guys on how to run a race.
In short: Well done Hermes Running, another great race. Love this year's medal and the technical t-shirt too. In full: Super marshals, really encouraging, well stocked feed stations, well marked route. It's not a PB course, but a very enjoyable race for a bank holiday weekend. Love Saturday marathons! Thank you. Date of review: May 4, 2013
In short: A fantastic start to the Bank Holiday Weekend. A future must-do event. In full: A fantastic race, very well organised - pre- to post race), excellent base facilities (never seen so many ladies' toilets!), stunning scenery. The mud made it even more special. Thanks Dave and Mel. Date of review: May 12, 2012
In short: Weather made the going tough in places (many places!), well organised, check points with great supplements/drinks and support, Look forward to sunny conditions next year. Thanks Dave and Mel and all suport crew. Date of review: May 11, 2012
In short: Good race, shame about conditions In full: Great venue, very nice t-shirt and medal. Course was largely off road with a couple of hills, just sadly so muddy after the month of rain that spent the run looking at my feet trying to stay upright rather than enjoying the views and location. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: Undulating, scenic two laps round Bewl Water reservoir In full: Weather turned this into a bit of a mudbath and having to keep your eyes on your feet meant you tended to miss the rather lovely scenery (bluebells and swallows). Less flat and therefore more interesting than you might imagine.Nice tech shirt for finishers. Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: mud, sweat and cheers In full: The only mistake the great people at Hermes running made was to state in their entry form, trail shoes not needed! The rest of the race was fab. So much mud, much hillier than expected, wet, windy and just perfect for an XC marathon!!! Loved it!!!
The fact that it was 2 laps melted away with the beautiful scenery and tranquil location. Flooding had rendered most paths accessible with a pair of skis so the downhills were especially fun, with most runners caked in mud. Exceptionally well stocked checkpoints and easy parking and a bar at the finish meant this is a must for regular marathoners, but also a great starting point for first timers. Date of review: May 7, 2012