In short: The hot weather and the snakes and ladderesque loop made it an absolute killer! In full: Arrows pointing to the start would have been handy but we muddled through. The course was much more challenging this year owing to "police concerns" which made it more scenic but the loop 3/4s of the way up the hill to Ryde which took us back to the foot of the hill in Brading was a destroyer. Might I suggest putting the loop somewhwere else next year, anywhere but where it was please. The marshalls and the drink and sponge station staff were brilliant, the local support non-existant Date of review: May 12, 2008
In short: IoW Marathon 2008 - Hot! Hot! Hot! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the run. A couple of cruel loops towards the end, let's just say they were character building! Parts of the course change were better than before, for example - keeping off the main road towards Arreton was nice, but I'm sure we encountered more hills going that way! Last year I bowed out at Godshill, this year I managed a 3h 57m finish. Marshals were excellent, water stops were plenty. Can we bring the start time forward to 9am? Slightly cooler and maybe less traffic? Thanks to Ryde Harriers. Date of review: May 12, 2008
In short: IoW Marathon 2008 - Hot and very hilly!!!! In full: A very well organised run over some serious hills that never stop! An 11am start on a scorching day made it even harder. This was brilliantly marshalled and very friendly. The change of course and the loop back up that hill at 20-23 was very cruel as was seeing the winning banner and then having to run another loop around the streets! Great fun but way too hot for a marathon! Date of review: May 12, 2008
In short: Up, down, up, down - if only I was as quick as a rollercoaster! In full: A very challenging, hilly 10M race on a cold blustery day. Course was good with clear signs and sound marshalling (although not the most vocal or encouraging). Some issues at times with impatient car drivers not heeding caution signs on a narrow roads, but then again not helped by a number of runners crossing the roads to cut corners at inopportune moments. Was disappointed to not receive a medal at end but have subsequently found out that the suppliers let Ryde Harriers down on the day and they will ensure that those who did not get medal will receive one in the post (just email the club to give them your details). In the end I completed the course within 50 secs of my PB and strangely enough found the last and biggest hill the easiest of the lot, don't figure. Date of review: February 4, 2008
In short: Ouch In full: The second time I've done this 10 miler and by god does it hurt, there are three big hills and lots of small ones that make pacing a nightmare. Its reasonably well organised but they did seem to be caught out by the numbers even thought was a Hants Road Race League Fixture. However I really do like this race, and as Blackers says its a real day out and I got another PB this year, weird! Date of review: February 4, 2008
In short: A great run along the hilly roads of the north-east Isle of Wight. In full: This part of the Isle of Wight is particularly hilly and the race undulates from start to finish. However, the scenery is pleasant, its well marshalled and traffic this year didn't seem to be such a problem. 2 water stations and plenty of support along the way was a great help. I'll be doing this again next year but helps that the start is only 400m from my house! Date of review: February 4, 2008
In short: Watch out! The downhills will hurt more than the up! In full: I love this race. The sight of what must have been over 200 runners swelling the passenger list on the 09:15 fastcat from southsea instilled an atmosphere that lasted through the day until the same crowds disembarked at 2:30 in the pm.
I think the crowds took Ryde Harriers a bit by surprise as there were more than a few hand written numbers, but they seemed to cope with the swolen ranks fine. I did hear of some impatient motorists as the race went on, but the drivers we met (nearer the sharp end) were fine.
Those down hills hurt though! Date of review: February 4, 2008
In short: Train for hills and you'll be fine. In full: The category ratings I've given make this race out to be worse than it is. In truth, it is never going to be a great big spectacular race, but it is a really good race. There's a good mix of runners and the course runs through some picturesque parts of the Isle of Wight. I would definitely do it again. Date of review: February 4, 2008