In short: Character Building In full: First time I have done this race (the half) and would definately do it again with more hill (sorry mountain) training and work on positive mental attitude. A fantastic race. WARNING: The marathon is not for mere mortals - it must be one of the toughest in the country! Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: Very, very hard work but stunningly beautiful! In full: I'd expected hilly - it was the Lake District after all! - but my jaw dropped as we drove round the course on Friday evening. Despite running up every single hill in Oxford during training, I did start wondering if I'd bitten off more than I could chew! My tactic was to leave my watch in the car, take it steady on the hills, relax on the downhills, and enjoy the views. It worked. Loved it! And was pleased with my time, all considered. Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: Beautiful but Brutal! In full: 2nd running of the marathon for me - and STILL love it despite the murderous hills! Wonderful atmosphere in a stunning setting! Took 15 mins off last years time.....and my legs surely know it, but will be back next year!!! Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: A race to forget the clock and just enjoy the scenery. In full: A gem in the Lake District. A really well organised race with plenty of parking, friendly marshalls as well as the spectators in the local villages. The scenery is outstanding, particularly around 10-11 miles. Its nearly as beautiful on the second lap, if you do the marathon !!! I'll be back next year, but maybe for just the one lap. Date of review: September 25, 2006
In short: Wonderful scenery, hills like few other places in the country make it very tough. In full: As I was ending my holiday on the day of the race I opted to do the half marathon. I knew it wild be difficult after a few walks in the hills but nothing prepared me for the severity of the hills - the final one at 10-12 miles at 25% saw me literally grind to a halt - and I finished 11th! How people could do a second lap is beyond me! Still don't let the severity put you off this race - the organisation was wonderfully informal and the support from those in houses cars, walkers and cyclists along the way most uplifting. The scenery is stunning although to be honest I was too shattered to give it that much attention. I would also not recommend this as a first time race and certainly not one for a PB attempt. But to push yourself to the edge it is thoroughly recommended. Date of review: September 25, 2006
In short: Great race in one of my favourite parts of the country. Not for the faint hearted or those with an aversion to hills. Big Respect to any who do the two lap marathon. In full: I did the half and that was enough for me. I can't get my head round the idea of tackling Red Bank and the approach to Blea Tarn a second time having previously run past the finish area and the associated pubs.
I wouldn't recommend this as a first half (or marathon) but its definitely a challenge for any who have done a few. Oh- and leave your watch at home - just look at the scenery instead! Date of review: September 25, 2006
In short: Magnificent scenery but the hills are murderous In full: Well organised event, plenty of water & first aid stations. Good tough race that leaves you with a sense of acheivement. The mileage seemed a bit out, the first mile came out at 1.2 on my watch. My training on Blackpools 2 hills was woefully inadequet & had I to walk part way up the final accent. Will definately be back next year. Date of review: September 24, 2006