In short: A lovely rural jaunt In full: This was my 14th clarendon and they have all been challenging but great fun. Far more enjoyable than "road running" with pretty villages, good spectator and marshall support, spot on organisation and a few climbs- well the route is certainly undulating. Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Great race, good organisation and lovely route! In full: Good race with super marshals, challenging hills and a few muddy patches! Worth keeping something in the tank for the second half which felt a bit hillier. Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Epic Epic Epic... a must do! In full: 2nd time running Clarendon, it's by far the toughest marathon course I've ever run but by far the most rewarding and enjoyable. Put the work in during training and you will remember this as one of your all time best events. For me it beats any major city marathon; it's personal and you really feel like part of the event and not just a number amongst thousands of others. Go on sign up for 2013, I dare you! Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Excellent race In full: Unfortunately the foggy day meant we did not get to enjoy the views to the full. Undulating course, no really big climbs. One request would be to have more jelly babies, so at every drinks station. Thanks to the organisers and all the marshalls. Date of review: October 9, 2012
In full: What a marvellous event !! Was my 35th marathon - 13th this year and entered it on a whim only a few weeks ago. Was suffering from a head cold and a bit daft really to do it but it seemed churlish not to having paid and offered a lift to a fellow running pal! Park and ride did concern me initially but no way, it worked extremely well. The route was tough as already stated but just such lovely countryside. At one point I had stopped on a bridge to look at the river and swans, not realising there was a photographer at the other end, so, my 'running' picture will be of me gawping into the distance at the lovely scene. Could be one I'd actually purchase. Having done quite a few maras now I can honestly say this one was the best marked, best marshaled ever. Every turn and corner was so well signed and as many as possible had a cheering / clapping marshal there to see you on your way. Great atmosphere as well and what a wonderful crowd at the finish. I came in 10 mins under 5 hours and thought there must be a celeb behind me with all the cheering !! Good to have such support. A wonderful event and am glad I dragged myself out of my sick bed - am happy to report that it sorted my cold out once and for all. Many thanks Clarendon. I will be back !! Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Superb run, great scenery to take your mind off the mud and climbs In full: Really enjoyable scenic trail marathon. I found it really tough but it is only the second marathon I have done. Wonderful rolling down land countryside. Some great views. Spot on marshalling. Only minor nighle not much food on offer. Could. Have done with some more bits like biscuits to scoff down. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Who knew pain could be so much fun! In full: Plumped for the full distance as opposed to the half I did 2 years ago. 16 miles of great running followed by 8 miles of cramp induced hell!
Despite it all, a great event. The course is very picturesque (if a bit lumpy when you get past half way), marshalls and event staff couldn't be more helpful and the finish is well organised with water, bananas and gift packs efficiently distributed.
Park and ride is a doddle - very well managed.
Overall really good day out - even if it did hurt. Date of review: October 8, 2012