In full: Great race! Went to do a fun run and thanks to the glorious last 4 k downhill got a PB. Lovely marshals fab refreshments and superb scenery. Highly recommended race Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Great race thank you, loved it and will be back. In full: I have done a few marathons this year, and this one was the best so far. Loved the feed stations every two miles. Good signs, great parking, the loos around the back had no queues, (you might want to relocate these as I don't think anyone else found them). Bags area was great. Shops at the start, music and party atmosphere. Wine all the way around, although running and I don't mix well, so maybe could have done with more at the end, but then I was driving. Oh and where was the changing area? Will definitely be back next year, so thank you very much. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: A Brilliant Day Out- with some running thrown in! In full: The organisers of this race should be commended, every part of the day ran smoothly with a relaxed vibe. The course is beautiful and challenging without being overwhelming and the atmosphere is friendly. Spending the day running through the countryside with 100s of happy people in fancy dress while sampling wines and feasting at the plentiful fuel stations was a joy. I will absolutely be back and am certain road marathons will never hold the same appeal. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Great race, fantastic marshals, lovely scenic route In full: I really enjoyed yesterday's race. The route was scenic and the aid stations were well packed (jelly babies, chocolate, biscuits, water, squash, wine). I really appreciated the marshals and the well signed course. There were small little touches which made it a great race (signage being VERY clear, great marshals, extra quality aid station).
The only thing that let this race down was the price. It's a little steep and although you get a hog roast in the price; I didnt really like the look of it.
The organisation are great and responsive which is a really nice touch. The t-shirt was alright but is a little weird fitting (the small is more of a medium/large).
The route is really scenic. The first two miles are a little congested as you run through the streets (no road closures) but then it goes into the countryside and onto trial and this is where it becomes utterly beautiful. Lovely country lanes, great trails and well marked either with marshals or signage. The only niggle I had with the route was the two small out and back sections which were a little annoying.
The only reason that would put me off doing this race again is the price. Otherwise - i'd be back in a flash! Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Excellent run - but organisation could improve In full: The run itself was great - thoroughly enjoyed it and finished just under my planned time. Particularly well marked and marshalled for a trail run.
The pre-race documentation tended to refer only to the half marathon (leading me to double check there actually was a marathon on this date) and parking advise placed you a good walk from the start rather than in the spacious on site parking. The "free" hog roast and drink hardly compensated for a pretty steep entry fee.
But in the end the run compensated for these irritations and I'll probably sign up to do it again. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Now my favourite marathon! In full: This was my third marathon and by far my best. The organisation was superb and Denbies Wine Estate made for a perfect location.
This was by far the best catered event I have ever run. They had stations every 2 miles with water, gels, jelly babies, cakes, mars bars, etc., not to mention the wine. Even after the hundreds of half-marathoners had been through there was still plenty available.
The course is tough (uphill for the first 10 miles of each of the 2 lap course) but the scenery more than made up for it. Certainly not a PB course but ideal if you want an "experience" marathon. Especially with a lot of competitors dressing up in fancy dress (my admiration goes out to the man dressed in the full-on scooby-doo costume that I passed at the 20 mile mark!).
Other good points were: - the car park was on-site so only a short walk to the start - the hog-roast included in your ticket was a great after race pick-me-up. - great marshal support. For such a small event they had marshals dotted throughout the course.
My only negative comments is that there we no toilets anywhere on the course, not even at the half way point.
However, overall, a great experience. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Fantastic atmosphere.. will be putting this one in the diary for next year In full: Really enjoyed this. Having the half marathon start an hour later meant on the second lap of the full marathon you get to loads of people, many in fancy dress that really keeps you going. Feed stations were amazing well stocked. Atmosphere at the end was again amazing. I've never clicked the 'all-time favorite' button before I will for this one. Only minus for me was the £50 entry charge- but that was an on the day entry so would have been cheaper if I was more organised. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Running and wine...perfect In full: Marshals were excellent. A fantastic race and a best kept secret...lots of capacity for more runners. I'll definitely be back. Date of review: September 8, 2013
In short: Very good race, deserves to get bigger In full: Plenty of drinks stations and excellent marshals (the most marshals I've seen at any non-big city marathon). Also well done for putting bins for plastic cups at least a bit past the drinks stations, so we can drink and not litter! Overall a pretty challenging and very scenic course with some great views and the fastest last mile of any marathon I've ever done. I like the two lap layout and although not a fan of 'out and back sections' both are short. Quite possible to run in road shoes though they will get a bit muddy! Passing the half-marathoners gave a good atmosphere which can sometimes be lacking in 'smaller' events. Occasionally an "excuse me" was needed to get by but everyone seemed very nice. Also the spectators that were there were vocal and supportive. Nice tech t-shirt and a minimalist medal which is quite classy. Can't comment on the post race food and drink (I don't feel hungry straight afterwards) although the queues did seem quite long. On the other hand plenty of toilets so no queues for them! Overall a good race at a nice venue which should get bigger year after year. Personally I prefer either very flat or very hilly courses but can understand this being many people's favourite marathon. Date of review: September 8, 2013