In short: No surprises with the mud, but that just added to what is always a great race In full: My 4th time and as always, a great event. My only problem is arriving at Broughton a few minutes after the start of the half mara and then spending then next 1/2 hour, on tiring legs, weaving through the 1/2 marathon field on narrow tracks. As someone said - this is a great taster for the x-country season especially with the mud this year ! Well done to Paul and his team - again. Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: This race sorts the men from the boys... In full: .. and this year I was definitely one of the boys. This race always signals to me the start of the cross country season and yesterday really whetted my appetite. Great course, great administration of the event and great competition. Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: Rain, pain, mud and puddles In full: First trail marathon and I guess the conditions were prefect for trail running with the strong wind, rain and muddy surface. Definitely one to pace yourself on as I was destroyed for the last 6 miles carrying half of Wiltshire around with me in my trail shoes.... Would have marked the scenery higher, but it was diffult to see much when it started in the rain and by the time the rain eased I couldn't see much past my own two feet exerting every effort just to stay upright. Would have been nice for someone to switch the boiler on for hot showers at the end (I was one of the first in and it was cold from the off - not just for the later finishers) Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: It's always a special event. This year was no exception. In full: If you take the stunning scenery, the challenging route profile, the extraordinarily good organisation - and throw in the wonderful warm 'village fete' feel, you start to see why this event attracts so many repeat runners.
It's a pretty tough marathon so don't sign up expecting a PB, but do expect a great challenge and an event that will become a permanent fixture in your running calendar.
In short: Marvellous course and well-organised event. Maybe the best marathon I've run In full: So it had tipped it down for a couple of days so we knew what to expect - mud and lots of it. We were quite lucky that after 2 hours or so the rain eased off. The course is tough with lots of hills - which gets tougher from mile 16 hill until the end. Some tarmac sections but not much. Very good marshalling and enough water stations with squash, bananas and jelly babies (I'm greedy so would have liked to see crackers and/or biscuits for my salt/sugar fix). I thoroughly enjoyed this run and even managed to speed up in the last 3 miles - it was quite a novelty overttaking people!
No stress getting or leaving the event - just a good run. Definitely one to go back to in 2011. Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: MUD! In full: An excellent marathon. A teating route made tougher this year by the conditions. Organisation cannot be faulted. The new park and ride system worked a treat. The ice cold shower at the end was.....bracing. My own fault for being slow. Spare a thought for the school caretaker who will be scrubbing the mud of the carpet for months! Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: My Seventh, Consecutive, Clarendon Full In full: The fact this is my seventh, consecutive Clarendon Full (after tentative Half in 2003, seems like yesterday) speaks volumes for what I think of this great event. Okay, muddy this year, but it's been worse - one year in particular I recall where the rain got heavier throughout the run, whereas today it eased off nicely.
Very efficient tee-shirt (or if you really must, medal) and bag collection post race - makes it hard to remember that used to be the one glitch in this event. Now everything including marking, marshalling, transport and finish are all in superb order.
Like the tee-shirt this year, the white was just a bit bland last year - that didn't stop me wearing it with pride on the run today.
Great stuff Paul and team, keep 'em coming, see you in '11. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: 1st Marathon and loved it--- i like mud;) In full: Great organization and brilliant marshals helped create a day i'll never forget. yes the hills were tough (but they mention that on there website) and the rain made it very slippery in places but the whole day made all those hours training worth while. It's that special. thanks for all the support from fellow runners,marshals and spectators it really made the run great. ok i might not be able to walk properly at work tomorrow but it's worth it!! looking forward to next year :) Date of review: October 3, 2010