In short: Brutal, demanding and one to be proud of. In full: This was an excellent race. Only my second full marathon as I primarily only run the halfs and mud runs- this really challenged me, still got well under 4 hours know which was nice! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Awesome race, great organisation, great scenery and a medal that's gorgeous. In full: Done this as my 4th Marathon distance race in 7 weeks. Was very worried having read the reviews about the hills and how tough this would be... However this is a great race, tough for a beginner but a big field makes it doable. It's such a beautiful race, stunning scenery throughout, one word of caution is that the roads are not completely closed, after about 8 miles your on quite narrow roads with traffic. Of course this is fine if drivers give you the respect you deserve. Most drivers were immense but as usual it only takes one, and one got so close to me I felt the wind, just a small point though and it didn't detract from a fantastic day. The medal is a slate medal very large, and gorgeous, I'm really really impressed by this medal and I have a few. Possibly my all time fav Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Absolutely brutal - do not underestimate it! In full: This was my 14th marathon and, barring one where I was in jured before I started, the hardest I have done by far.
The whole organisation of it is great with a nice atmosphere. Nice to be running a race that is aimed to raise money for charity as its sole purpose too.
However, it is HARD. The undulation chart on the website gives the impression that it is a tough first half with easier second. This isn't really the case as the second half, especially around mile 20 is very hard too. This is in NOW WAY a first timers race and not for anyone who isn't really fit.
What a challenge though! Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: A fantastic first marathon In full: I loved this race, my first marathon and despite being dogged by injuries for two months before I still made it round and loved all of it. Beautiful scenery, great weather and excellent support from the marshals. Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Loved this race. Great atmosphere and superb scenery In full: Brilliant organisation, genuinely nice support through out and a fabulous location. Beware the 'undulations' which by London standards are hills! They are constant and tiring after 16 miles or so. Highly recommended race Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: I left my heart in the Lakes.. In full: As one of this year's 10in10'ers the main marathon was my 10th outing around the Lake and what a fabulous culmination to a life changing 10 days. The scenery is beautiful and the organisation and atmosphere leaves little to be desired. This truly is a very special race organised by a very special charity. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great day out Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Fabulous first time marathon - will definitely do it again! In full: Really enjoyed the scenery, crowds & atmosphere of this marathon. The fuel stations were well stocked & at regular intervals so keeping hydrated wasn't an issue. What I did have issue with was that toilets were not signed on route. I got caught short at 20 miles, had to run 100m off route to get to a public toilet only to find it was 20p to get in!!! Nevertheless I will return next year as it was a truly memorable run & I want to beat my time! Date of review: May 26, 2012