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
In short: Stunning scenery, fantastic atmosphere, and hills - oh lawdy the hills ! In full: Forget your PBs, just run this race - the views are stunning, the locals friendly, and it gets you up in the Lakes for the weekend. I'll be back - and ready for the hills next time ! Date of review: September 21, 2009
In short: fantastic day yet again! In full: great atmosphere, fresh air, mountain scenery, family enjoyed the day out. yip, the course is tough (especially from skelwith bridge) but you do it , just to DO it. I'll be back next year for more punishment Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: 2007 Much better 2nd time around. In full: Did this last year (2006)(the 1/2)) nearly put my light out! This year (2007) I've discovered fell running & what a difference. Cruised the first big hill at Chapel Style, eased the down hill part, dug in for the ups & walked the big hill at the end, fast walking is as quick as running & keeps the energy up for the tricky bit at the top & the long, long finish straight. Smashed last years time & also an early season flat 1/2. Nearly got my 1/2 PB. Amazing. If you are going to do this I would strongly reccommend hill running but a fell run once a week is great for the spirit & the time. Date of review: December 11, 2007
In short: You're either hooked or you'll hate it ! In full: 2007(Half Marathon). Must be one of, if not,THE best halves in the country. Rocket Rod does a great job of organising this, plus a few other cheeky little runs. The camaraderie is spot on, the hills take no prisoners and the scenery is out of this world. If you don't like hills, train and do it. If you do like hills then just Do It ! Date of review: September 23, 2007
In short: Magnificent scenary. I chose it for my 50th marathon, as I've loved the Langdale area for 40 years or so. It took me 4:30, and I've never before been over 4 hrs on the road. In full: I drove around the day before, and expecting about 3 big rises per lap (having browsed the 1:50000 O.S. map), was somewhat in a state of shock to count 26 ups, 4 of them really serious at around 25%....and that was on just one lap. Date of review: November 3, 2006
In short: I only ran it because Brighton were playing at Carlisle on the Saturday! In full: My schedule for Dublin said 'half marathon' for this weekend, As I was going up to Carlisle to watch the Mighty(ahem!) Stripes, I thought I'd do a search for a local half.
Came up with this one, did a bit of research on here and still entered!
Great Race, first 3 miles flat(ish), and then we went up the side of a mountain!!!!
Well, it was all up & down from then!!!
Enjoyed having a good run for the last mile, but enjoyed the previous 12 even more. Date of review: October 5, 2006