In full: I have mixed feelings about this race. Firstly, my gripes: no safety announcement at the start, indeed no announcement, or signal, of any kind; no medal, even though we were told we would get them (don't want to sound too much like Muttley...); most worryingly, an utter dearth of marshalls on the course itself - I only failed from taking the wrong turn once by glimpsing the heels of the runner ahead as s/he disappeared round a corner, but the absence of marshalls was highly remiss for safety reasons. Secondly, the positives, so we can end on a high: the t-shirts with all the competitors' names on the back; the free pre and post-race massages, a painful pleasure; beautiful conditions in magnificent surroundings (so what if I am a biased Cumbrian?); I was more than happy with my 1:40:05. I'll do it again, might even do the marathon next year, but please -more 'high visibility' marshalls. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Second time round the two laps and it just seems to get better - perfect weather, great spirit among the runners, excellent organisation and a route made in Heaven. Congratulations Rod and all the team Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Well done to the" Rocket" and his many helpers. In full: This is the second year I have done this race and hopefully I will be back again next year to take my weary legs round those Cumbrian hills.You will never beat this one for its setting and the scenery on route.The only thing I can add is that I think that it could be better if there was a chip start.Once again excellent though and see you in 2011. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Absolutely rock-hard course In full: I have done a fair bit of fell running and living in the Lakes I am no stranger to hills. I wasn't quite ready for the sheer unrelenting length. I had a fantastic first half but a second lap was probably asking too much. It was very friendly but the second lap can be quite lonely at times. I might return for the half but you can rule me out of the full marathon here. Date of review: September 25, 2010
In short: Beautiful Brutal In full: What a fantastic race. The weather turned up and the whole atmosphere and surroundings seemed to make the pain, of which there was plenty, more bearable. I would recommend it to anyone, a proper feelgood race.
I would however question the sanity of any person going round twice.....respect! Date of review: September 25, 2010
In short: My first marathon, in at the deep end, but managed to run all the way despite the hills! In full: Very hilly route - the T-shirt proclaims it to be the "World's Toughest Road Marathon" - apparently run in an anti-clockwise direction for the first time (in a while anyway), which gets the biggest climb out of the way almost immediately. Glorious scenery running down Great Langdale and over into Little Langdale helped by almost ideal running conditions this year. Pace yourself well, drink and refuel a little at the well-spaced water stations, and you'll have a great race like I did! Date of review: December 15, 2009
In short: The T-shirt says 'toughest road marathon in the world' (or similar). It fails to say how worthwhile all that effort is. Loved it. In full: Two laps of the half - first lap is tough enough but the second is brutal. There's only a hardy/foolish(?) few that take on both laps so you could well end up on your own for much of the second lap. That said, there are water stations every three miles with plenty of happy, smiley encouraging marshalls to check you're OK. Not sure where the earlier reviewer went wrong but there weas loads of water available at the finish when I arrived.
The scenery is among the finest England has to offer but this is the Lake District so you have to work to see it. Fortunately, the weather was clear this year - I believe its a different experience entirely in the wet.
Overall - small, friendly and reasonably priced. No unnecessary frills just everything you need to deliver a proper gem of a race.
Many, many thanks to Rod and all his team. Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Hills, hills and more hills! In full: Fantastic scenery made the effort of all the hills worthwhile. Plenty of waterstations on course, but no water at end. The atmosphere was friendly, especially on the second lap, when it was only the mad marathoners left. Thoroughly enjoyed the run, and may come back again, just a bit of a treck up country from Portsmouth. Whatever you do, put this on your list of must do marathons. Date of review: September 21, 2009