In short: Challenging but worth it In full: The organisation was excellent and the marshals on the course were excellent. The course itself was challenging and pretty scenic, there were a few dull bits like the couple of long roads which mentally made things harder but you expect these things. The bit that really caught me out was the lack of spectator support so it felt like an overlong training run rather than a race.
However, the competitors were good fun and the spectators that were there cheered us on. The medal and T-Shirt were brilliant and the aid stations were very well stocked.
I'm unlikely to do this one again but you never know I didn't run a great race so maybe I've got a point to prove Date of review: May 5, 2013
In short: Great race, fantastic marshals, outstanding organisation In full: I ran the marathon today and its 2 loops of Bewl water and a little loop at the start. The course was undulating to say the least but its absolutely stunning and a lovely place to run in. We had all weathers today but everything in the aid stations worked perfectly with some very friendly and helpful marshals.
The aid stations are roughly 3-4 miles apart and it was plentiful for me. Gels, banana, jelly babies, crisps, cake and flapjacks (the most delicious flapjack ive ever tasted!) and plenty of water/squash.
I think you can tell when a runner organises events because its the little touches in the organisation that make you go: thank god, that's great! The signalling was perfect and easy to see and despite it being a swirvy course - you never doubted what direction to go. This is great for me as I get lost running familiar routes! The organisation for number pick up was clear, easy and we wasted no time in doing it. Baggage was easy and secure.
The course underfoot today was a lot of dry mud so trail shoes are definitely a bonus here. I ran in road shoes and felt the difference.
A great (huge) medal and quality tech tee that I'd wear again.
A big thank you to the organisers for organising a low key event that ran like clockwork and was definitely easy for a runner to do. The crowd and atmosphere is so welcoming that I'd recommend the event to newbies.
Other RDs should learn from the professional work of these guys on how to run a race.
In short: Well done Hermes Running, another great race. Love this year's medal and the technical t-shirt too. In full: Super marshals, really encouraging, well stocked feed stations, well marked route. It's not a PB course, but a very enjoyable race for a bank holiday weekend. Love Saturday marathons! Thank you. Date of review: May 4, 2013
In short: A fantastic start to the Bank Holiday Weekend. A future must-do event. In full: A fantastic race, very well organised - pre- to post race), excellent base facilities (never seen so many ladies' toilets!), stunning scenery. The mud made it even more special. Thanks Dave and Mel. Date of review: May 12, 2012
In short: Weather made the going tough in places (many places!), well organised, check points with great supplements/drinks and support, Look forward to sunny conditions next year. Thanks Dave and Mel and all suport crew. Date of review: May 11, 2012
In short: Good race, shame about conditions In full: Great venue, very nice t-shirt and medal. Course was largely off road with a couple of hills, just sadly so muddy after the month of rain that spent the run looking at my feet trying to stay upright rather than enjoying the views and location. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: Undulating, scenic two laps round Bewl Water reservoir In full: Weather turned this into a bit of a mudbath and having to keep your eyes on your feet meant you tended to miss the rather lovely scenery (bluebells and swallows). Less flat and therefore more interesting than you might imagine.Nice tech shirt for finishers. Date of review: May 7, 2012