In short: Great organization - Great site - Great organizational support In full: Ran the full marathon today - not my quickest (1st half was well protected from the wind, but the second half was breezy to say the least - took all my effort to keep running on the rowing course section). Excellent support from well-wishers and the race team. Did not bring any water & did not need too- All stations well managed, stocked and efficient hand-overs. Have ran other "big races" in the Midlands, this was first class - will be back to do it again (hopefully with less wind eh?_ Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: A mild breeze........ In full: My local race so a bit biased. Start much better this year, great support, quick exit at the finish and a fun course. Glad I only did the half though given the strong wind issues in the 2nd half. Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: Very well organised, one of the best:) from the beginning to the end. Mini marathon for rest of my family was also so much fun and great for the value! I didnt make my PB but I loved the course and definitelly worth of 3 hours journey to get there! Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: tough race especially with thw ind around the lake In full: First time at the Robin Hood and really enjoyed it. A very well organised race,great onsite parking at start,plenty of toilets,excellent water stations with water,lucozade and gels at most. The first half is midly hilly,but boasts lovely scenery through park areas. The second lap was a total contrast. the lap was flatter than the first,but with very long stretches and run around the lake with wind was soul destroying at times. Full praise for all those who ran the full marathon it was tough out there! Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: First half - awesome and the second half - windy n flat In full: In my four years running this was the biggest race that i'd done. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the race and the support at times around the university was simply superb.
The second half of the race was flater but the remnants of hurricane katia made sure that the final five miles were slower cos of it.
I can't fault the organisation of the race. The way that the different coloured numbers represented the start times meant a lot less of the bottle necks that ive experienced at smaller races.
Great race (if a tad pricy) and i may well be back to give the half rather than the full a good go. Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: Nice race, especially the first half marathon. In full: The first half of the race takes you through the city and past some good landmarks. There are a few sharp(ish) hills to keep you on your toes. After about mile 12 it is pretty much pancake flat. There is a bit less going on for the second half of the race, but I would take flat roads over a nice view especially at the later stages of the marathon!
All in all it was a well organised race with good local support throughout. I will be coming back this year to support my wife in her first half marathon, but won't be running myself. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Expensive for what it is, but a nice weekend away In full: Pros Good race village Events for the whole family Plenty of toilets (at start and managed to not queue on route) Good crowd support (although only because it was a nice day in the park)
Cons Messy start, delayed, without communication, and barriers blocking people out. All the food vans in the race village were junk. Sweets, burgers, doughnuts, friend food. Had to walk miles to get something half healthy. Could get out the finish. Got my medal etc, then went through the tunnel to the village. Crowded with people looking out for finishers that wouldn't let me though! Like I have the energy to get through a 10 deep crowd that won't budge?!