In short: Great Scenic Marathon, expect ponies, expect hills, don't expect a PB In full: This was my first marathon and i loved it. The course is very challenging but the scenery is amazing. The marshalls were great and support is everywhere on the course. The motivational messages on the hill at 22-23 miles were a really great touch thanks guys i needed those. However i dont think a Photographer at the top of the hill is a good idea. Thanks again Guys, i'll see you next year. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Challenging course but worth doing In full: Knew this course was going to be tough and avoided looking at the profile before the race.
That long hill from 21 to 22 miles is a PB killer, would have been nice if we came into town the same way we went out for a fast downhill finish.
Finish was a bit weak. Would have been nicer to finish on the road, rather than turn off into the car park. Goody back not great perhaps they should charge a bit more and throw in the T-Shirt. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Hard first marathon, Beautiful scenery, some bad organisation In full: After running the New Forest Marathon Yesterday I feel compelled to giving some feedback.
Just a quick history, I only started running in January and set my target as this Marathon straight away, in the summer I sent an email regarding use of ipods & MP3 players as I couldnt find anything on the site. I didnt recieve an answer so it went to the back of my mind and continued traing with my music.
Then a few weeks ago I emailed again regarding this as I had been training with music , I was told in no uncertain terms that if I was caught running with music I would be disqualified. I was a little dis heartened as I had little time to train with no music and keep my mind focused but I respected the rulesand travelled up without music.
On arrival and meeting at the starting line I notice ALOT of runners with headphones in using their ipods or mp3 players, this made me feel absolutely gutted as no one seemed to be letting them know this was not allowed. So starting out I was very annoyed as I felt I was at a disadvantage from the start and my mind was already unsettled. However I kept my mind as focused as I coud.
Along the 26.2 Miles I saw no less than 100 RUNNERS LISTENING TO MUSIC all running past marshalls who said NOTHING. I must say I was very upset to see this as I felt completely lied to and at a disadvantage to the other runners.
If there is a rule it should either be pushed through or removed from the rules, to say I faced disqualification if caught with music but have the marshalls completely ignor the hundreds of others with music is a big slap in the face.
After the race and crossing the finish line I was starting to get very cold and as I saw others with their foil blankets I started to ask where I could get one to the answer of "We've run out". their was me freezing and there was no more blankets, surely there should of been 1 for each person plus spares. For me that was absolutely disgusting to be in that situation especially as it started to rain and get windy and I still had to walk to the car.
Before I left I went to get my Goodie Bag, what an absolute joke. I recieved 1 bottle of water and a oat bar along with some advertisement. I've run smaller half marathons and recieved more. Their wasnt even any form of recovery drink or banana. Especially as the bags were sponsered by Waitrose you would think that a little more thought would of gone into the "Goodie Bags". If wasnt even worth doing them, after completing a marathon and then recieve the worst Goodie Bag ive been given was totally pointless.
The off road section was very uncomfortable to run on and I lost my way there especially as there was alot of mud and I completely sliiped almost breaking my ankle.
Also concidering they refused to serve bottles of water and sports drink due to the risk of bottle tops to nature they didnt seem fussed of anyone carrying bottles.
However I would like to say a big thank you to all the Marshalls on the day who were excellent. So much support was shown along with lots of villagers was a great inspiration to carry on. The views were also spectactular.
Not a marathon i'll be doing again soon though
I hope they take into account my points raised and use them to help make it a better experience next year for all runners.
Race Number(263) Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Well worth the pain and training. In full: My first marathon. I did the half here 2 years ago and was determined to come back and do the full. Fantastic place to run a marathon - the scenery makes up for the little up-hill challenges (especially at 22 miles). The marshalls were fantastic - especially the one that had to deal with the little road rage incident just before the first off-road section. The weather was perfect for running - even the short shower was appreciated. I'd been really worried all week about getting round due to little niggly aches and pains, but was thrilled to complete it, and under my target time (just). Will definitely be back. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Superb organisation on a scenic course made for a wonderful race. In full: Firstly don't be put of by the multi-terrain tag. The off-road sections are on good forest tracks and will barely slow you down if at all. Undulating bordering on hilly course so not one for a pb. The killer hill at 22.5 miles was nasty and made worse by having the photographers near the top so walking was not an option! The route really highlighted the beautiful scenery in this part of the New Forest and was a great distraction from my hurting legs. Excellent organisation made for a stress free race. Secure baggage drop was good. Plenty of water stations but the early ones (that are shared with the half) did get busy. The course marshals worked hard at the frequent road crossings and safely kept the vehicles at bay. Only problem I had was the distance from the finish line to main car park-it was a bit of a round trip to get a shower-not great with sore legs. This did not detract from a superb race with excellent organisation which made for one of my favourite races ever. Nice finishers medal and a technical T-shirt (but you have to buy these and I have no problem with that-it helps to keep the entry fee down).Thanks guys. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In full: The marshalls and race organisers do a great job and help this marathon run so smoothly. Plenty of water stations but some energy drinks would have been appreciated. Highly recommend the sports massage at the end. A little disappointed at the end with the goody bag, some cake or food would have been a nice touch. Date of review: September 26, 2011