In short: Shows promise, but could do better In full: Positives - Great weather: a tiny bit chilly to start but clear blue skies all the way around- - Running through Watermead Park: a very pleasant part of the route and you'd easily forget you were running through an industrial city - I was happy with my time of 1:53:12, especially since I've only been running at weekends for the past couple of months - A nice medal, t-shirt, banana and bottle of water: all you really need in way of a race-pack - The post-race meal at the Landsdowne Pub on London Road, which never disappoints when it comes to food Negatives - A ban on MP3 players, because of 'elf and safety. I'm used to running with music, and while I suspect it may have been for insurance reasons, banning music players seemed a bit over the top to me - The finish forced you through a couple of army tents and we were penned in like sheep, steadily seizing up, as we waited to pick up our medals and t-shirts. Why couldn't they just have a wide cordoned off area for this - there was the whole of Victoria Park to play with? - A bit of confusion in pre-race correspondence (i.e. where to pick up race packs; besides, why couldn't they mail them like every other race?) - The support was quite poor, compared to other races I've done, like Reading, Hastings or the Great North Run. Big thanks to those who turned out to cheer us on, but Leicester's Sunday morning shoppers just looked at the runners like we were zoo animals Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Excellent organisation. The marshals and people supporting at the drinks stations were great. There seemed more crowd support this year. The course undulates a bit. The weather was ideal. All in all an excellent day. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: My First. I'll never forget it. All the Marshalls were brilliant In full: My first Marathon, in fact my first race.
You start in the heart of the city. At the top of a hill in Victoria Park sweep down around the edge of the town, then onto some big roads, then after about 6 miles the half splits off back into the town, and the full then does a 13.1M loop through the countryside through some small towns with lots of people cheering you in the towns, and quiet inbetween. Then after this extra (completely different 13.1M loop) you then come back to where you were at 6M and continue down the same route the half marathoners took a bit earlier and you go through a couple of parks and back into the edge of Leicester, then through the main shopping streets, then the only really steep bit of the race is a slog up the hill you came down initially back to Victoria Park. It's hard this hill right a the end but I found it fun. I was going to struggle at the end whatever the terrain, so why not go uphill. Then you have a flat 200m dash to the finish.
It was great everyone was so helpful, in the quiet bits you need the marshalls otherwise you would get lost but they have it covered. Oh... and after about 15 miles there is a drink stop outside a village hall where two very nice ladies were looking after the village hall loos, and making them lovely and clean for us to use. I was dreading messy loos and these were spotless. Love the whole thing will be back next year. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Well organised and marshaled In full: This was my first road race, I do XC and fell running normaly. I wasn't particularly looking forward to it as I'd only entered it as a couple of mates were doing it. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, the atmosphere was great helped my the enthusiastic marshals and the local residents who clapped us on. the last couple of miles up through the shopping areas was briliant. I will definatly do it again next year. Date of review: October 13, 2011
In short: My First marathon, great experience! In full: Having never run a marathon before I was a bit unsure what to expect in terms of organisation and support but this was fantastic, it was great to see everyone in the smaller villages come out of their houses and cheer us on.
I think the race would have been better if there were a few more marathon runners, it felt a little lonely at times after the full split from the half route but hopefully this will improve as the event becomes more established Date of review: October 13, 2011
In short: Friendly, well-organised, room for fine-tuning In full: I did the full marathon route.
I'll start with my only significant complaint - the website was lacklustre and didn't include the map of the full marathon route. This gave me the impression that we would be doing 2x13 mile loops, and I only got the proper route after e-mailing the organisers.
Otherwise, a very friendly race. The marshalling was precise and spot-on, the volunteers were full of encouragement, especially in the more remote parts of the marathon course.
A good, straight first 6 miles or so down Melton Road. Then the countryside was beautiful to run through (Miles 6-15). The route seemed a bit disjointed after about mile 15, including a rather hairy run down the hard shoulder of a trunk road (A46)?
Going through the parks into the City Centre towards the rear of the field, it felt more like a training run than a race, but I appreciate that the parks must be the best option in terms of road closures etc. Also a bit difficult running through shoppers at mile 24/25. But an epic climb up New Walk to finish.
Still, a well-organised, well-marshalled and friendly run. It's easy to split hairs and I would like to thank the organisers for their efforts. Date of review: October 11, 2011
In short: Well organised and decent course In full: Having done this in 2007 on what was a white urban dull course, this year I returned and the route was far more scenic. I wouldnt call it flat, more slightly undulating. There are no big hills, but a few undulations to test tired legs. Especially of note is that last mile, a 1m slog up a hill through the heart of the city centre. A real test at the end! Good organisation, ecellent marshalls and gels/high-5 and water a plenty. Date of review: October 10, 2011
In short: Great people, great organisation, great race, In full: Big thank you to all of the marshalls and local supporters, it really does make all the difference when the going gets tough. My second full Leicester marathon and it won't be the last highly recommended for first time runners. Date of review: October 10, 2011
In short: Couldn't have been better In full: First time out for me and over my home course as well. Excellent event all round. Agree with the comments on the marshalls, they were great and just what you needed to keep you going. Great spirt between runners also. The band as you came out of Highcross were awesome. Really enjoyed it a promising myself I will be back..Leicester Rocks Date of review: October 10, 2011