In short: Great Fun as all fun runs should be In full: This is one of those little gems of a race that doesn't appear on a lot of race calendars but don't underestimate it, it was brilliant.
The course was a bit of a toughy for both experienced and new runners to the sport and well worth the challenge. I loved the friendly and relaxed air about the race and the really helpful marshalls with a multitude of well stocked and equipped water stations (special thanks to the station in Lynwood Grove whose vaseline did me a great service). The event in the school grounds afterwards was lovely and had a real village green feel about it with bouncy castles, children running the track with a certificate for them after and some scrumptious cakes and tea. Well done all, see you all next year to see if I can get a marathon PB again :-) Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: first Marathon In full: My first marathon and I really enjoyed it. Run to enjoy it and slow down and talk to the experienced runners like Dave who I met at 9 mile point also Peter who I finished with. Marshals are really friendly and helpful enough sweets for everyone.As stopping for red lights added some minutes to overall time. Nice area bit of woodland also open spaces which you can`t see in London, great day out. Definitely coming back next year. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Great low key race In full: My first non-big city marathon and I really enjoyed it. Don't race for a time, run to enjoy it and stop and talk to the marshalls who are really friendly and helpful. I thought stopping for red lights would be a pain but actually it wasn't so bad and most of the time the marshalls saw you coming and pressed the button so it was normally clear to go by the time you got there. Overall a really good race with some tough ish hills, agree golf course could be changed but just adds to the challenge, signage in there could be improved though. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Fantastic organisation, really nice marshalls, wonderfull water stations! In full: This race had such good volonteers helping and encouraging throughout! Really enjoyable, even the tough hills! I very much enjoyed the day and will definitely be back. Thanks for organising a lovely day! Date of review: May 9, 2009
In short: Well done to all the local people that helped out on the day In full: I ran this race last year, and found it very enjoyable. So i was very positive and i knew the course, but i still found it challenging, i thought i was gunna get a PB. but it was to bloody hot. Well done to all the helpers who supplied the waters and stuff it was very good and i thoroughly enjoyed myself. I will do it again next year well done. Date of review: May 18, 2008
In short: Second time here - hot this year - but such a friendly race setup! In full: I arrived late for this race - but that didn't bother the race crew one bit - they quickly gave me a number, handed me a map, gave me a safety briefing and sent me on my way.
The course heads down through suburbia then snakes through some houses, then heads out towards some greenery then back round for a second lap. It's not flat - in fact there are some horrid inclines.
But the marshalls and the drinks stations are superb - especial thanks to the two families opening up their homes as drink and loo stations - friendly and excellent (thanks especially to the lady with all the ice at the bottom of the hill leading up into the woods!)
Excellent Saturday race - do it! Date of review: May 10, 2008