In short: SUPERB organisation and a wonderfully scenic race! In full: The organisers have done tehmselves proud....incredibly well put together, nothing seemed to have been overlooked. Traffic management, parking, facilities, entertainment drinks, food.
Ok, so the 'goody bag' wasnt overflowing with delights (anyone read their brathay book yet?'....but is that really why we do races? Would people have prefered a load of stuff to take home and fewer marshals, no traffic management?????! The support and atmosphere was fantastic also in a glorious setting!
IT was a tough course...but I managed to get a PB (bonus!)....but if you liked the hills check out the LAngdale marathon! Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: Loved it! Great day out - support in all the right places, well organised and very friendly. Will prepare better for the climb out of Bowness next time! In full: Really well organised and delivered race in a superb setting. lots of enthusiatic pockets of support all the way round - obviously caught the imagination of 'the locals'.
Tough course - but then, this is the Lake District so what did we expect? Was going really well early in but have nobody and nothing but myself to balme for the fact that I blew up big time on the climb out of Bowness - the hill wouldn't have been a big deal normally but I'd just run 20 miles to reach the bottom of it.
Fantastically impressed and truly inspired by the 10 in 10 runners - massive respect to all of them.
Only gripes were the number of Gel wrappers dumped without thought at the side of the road and water bottles being deliberately thrown over walls and fences into fields - just who do the people who do this think is going to clear up after them?
Would love to see this run again in future - I shall be there. Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: Superb organization, despite obvious traffic bottle necks. Tough, hilly course but great day. In full: Car parking was organised as well as is possible, but inevitable delays still occurred with narrow Lake Ditrict lanes. A really friendly race with a superb atmosphere but remember, nowhere in the Lakes is flat and the worst is kept for you during the second half. Congratulations to all the marshalls and water/sports drink supplies were as good as it is possible to get - at last a rural marathon providing bottled water. Please, please, please put this race on again next year!!! Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: Tough course and teh scenery make this an amazing experience In full: This was a great event and I hope it is on again next year.
Really wanted cloud and rain as I always suffer when the sun comes out. Managed to run to plan to mile 16 then slowed. For the first time ever I got cramp at mile 21, so it was a real plod to the end. Managed 4:46 (had aimed for sub-4:30) so really happy to finish in under 5 hours all in all. Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: My first and last Marathon but what a great day In full: after running the very badly organised Liverpool half marathon the Windermere marathon has restored my faith well done Brathay for a fantastic day - plenty of drink stations with the added touch of Kendal mint cake(much needed at times) I assure you. Beautiful setting with great support from the marshals and public - Having run this my first marathon I am now going to retire gracefully back to Half marathons - But one thing I can say is forget London this is for me by far the most memorable - once again well done Brathay and lets hope you run this event again next year - I will happily come and spectate lol - Thank you Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: awesome In full: Superb organisation, fabulous course, great atmosphere after the race. Thanks to everyone involved, it would be a crying shame if this was a one off rather than an annual event, please do it again Brathay. Respect to the crowds on the way, especially at Newby Bridge and at the finish. A great day out. Date of review: May 21, 2007