In short: Hard but such a feeling of satisfaction when you've finished! In full: Yes it's hilly but we know that. But the marshalls and organisers are so fantastically encouraging that somehow you get round - I even PB'd! Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: It's a tough one right enough In full: A couple of years ago I had a moan about the loop which led back to the foot of the hill towards the end of the course which was a destroyer. This time the loop was around the 5 mile mark. Thanks to the organisors for listening and for the brilliant marshals and drink station voluntees whose vocal support made up for the complete lack of public support. I'll be back. Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: The mother of all marathons In full: The weather was dreadful on race day but a good turn out of runners none the less. At the start it was windy and rained hard and stayed that way for the next few hours. The route through the island was nice although not traffic free so high vis clothing recommended. Plenty of water stations - water only given in cups however the organisers will place drinks and food at stations for individual runners if requested. Well marshalled, probably as many marshalls as runners! The route is hilly and very hard and I was very glad to see the finish line. Got the usual cheap medal with no ribbon, however once youve run this route the medal feels like youve won the lottery. I will be back next year to beat my isle of wight marathon PB (which is 45 minutes behind my usual marathon PB!). Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Minimalist organisation (water only) but good marshalling all way through. Why avoiding scenery road and go for busy traffic? In full: I'm everyone would pay few pounds more and the club could find a sponsor to provide something little more than only water in five station. Not even a banana or any food at finish. The real disappointment was to run 90% of time on roads with busy traffic. I made the trip expecting a far more scenic route. Not really worth the trip. Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: Oh well, I was in the Isle of wight anyway!! In full: Did this last year, so I already knew about the hideous medal and the fact its hard and hilly. But, this year was a bit of a big let down!!! The large field opposite was used for parking last year and was very convenient, this year it stood empty with everyone searching for elsewhere!! Then, at about mile 7 a massive group of us (Even a couple of local guys!!!) went the wrong way! I was on course to blow last years time out the water, but due to no marshall at a crossroads made the whole event a complete waste of time! As yet I have seen no apology on their website. Sorry Ryde Harriers, you had a shocker! Date of review: August 21, 2010
In short: It was my first, so for now I'm saying it was good! In full: A really nice hilly run, not as hilly as i thought but still good to hammer the legs a bit. As with most of my long runs the first 3 miles was the worst part, some big hills near the start. We didn't get lost like some other runners, but I can see why they did, at a couple of stages there was nobody, so it was pot luck we stuck to route. Even at the very end we nearly look an accidental shortcut to the finish line across the field. The marshalls were all very friendly and supportive and had all the best intentions. I don't really have any gripes about the race or curcuit, OK the medal was naff but i wasnt running for the medal. Overall i enjoyed it a lot, slightly challenging, and i would recommend it to runners who are accepting of the quality you'll get from a smaller scale event. Date of review: August 17, 2010
In full: Fairly tough course took me through some pretty places on the IOW. However this did not make up for very poor organization - namely, lack of signposts/marshalls enroute, not enough waterstations. Having made considerable effort to get there, really wondered why I'd bothered.
In short: Disappointing In full: I don't know the IOW particularly well but I'm sure there must be a better half marathon course than this somewhere on the island. Most of the course was on traffic clogged A-roads with no pavement and poor direction. Medal didn't even have a ribbon!! Date of review: August 16, 2010
In short: Definitely a small scale club run In full: Came over with the wife and kids to do this so at least I had somewhere to leave my bag which was otherwise poorly organised and it sort of went like that all round. Lack of marshalls compared to just about every other half I've ever done (and I saw several runners heading back towards us having gone the wrong way). This is fundamental to organising a race I think. Understand the traffic but didn't find it a problem. Medal is woeful - would be better to put the money to charity than provide something so poor. The route itself was challenging and there was a great atmosphere amongst the runners. Far better than running on your own in a training run but not much of an "event". Date of review: August 16, 2010
In short: Hilly course with some lovely views - worth the trip In full: You get what you pay for - and when you pay £8/£10 don't expect goody bags, super medals and t-shirts or traffic-free roads. This is a club race and IMHO a pretty good one. Low-key can be good The course is pretty hilly for the first 10 but then has a fast and kind last 3 miles. I heard about some of the leaders going off the wrong way and I can guess exactly where - there was a left turn followed by an almost immediate right turn. I was on my own and wondered which was to go but then saw the sign but it wasn't obvious - a marshal was needed there.
I would like a ribbon added to the medal with a year on it though. And like normal, I'd like orange squash added at the water stations.
The ferry over and 1930s tube train journey is always fun with the kids and makes the event a little different. Date of review: August 16, 2010