In short: In short fantastic but challenging marathon In full: This was my second marathon and being in the Lake District I expected a few hills! The weather was amazing, the lake was like a mirror and the scenery was amazing. Crowds were fantastic and it was so well organised.
I did find it tough with a nice little hill at mile 7 but for every up there is a down. I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Well done Brathay! Date of review: May 23, 2012
In short: Beautiful scenery and fantastic weather this year to boot In full: This marathon is truly beautiful and a lovely atmosphere. It is hilly but not as bad as I remembered it the friendly atmosphere more than compensates for this. Had a great run til mile 17 when my knee went off track!!! still completed but 18 mins slower than I wanted, hey ho will have to try again!! Date of review: May 23, 2012
In short: Favourite marathon so far...... In full: Not just a race but an occasion. Brilliant carnival atmosphere at the hall for supporters to be kept entertained. The inspiration of the 10 in 10ers. Amacing scenary - particular on the first rolling half. And if carlsberg made supportive and friendly marshalls then they were at this event - brilliant. Thankyou. Date of review: May 22, 2012
In short: Best to ignore the watch and enjoy the beautiful scenes. In full: I ran this last year and it was the hardest race I'd ever encountered; had the hobble the last six miles. Notwithstanding the pain, this is one of most beautiful race routes I'd ever encountered that I had to come back this year.
The organisation of the race is excellent, the atmosphere brilliant and the whole family of runners (elite to complete beginners) were all welcomed.
The race route was fantastic and the beauty of the the Lake District was there to be admired in near-tranquillity. The peace was broken by a delightful crowd at Newby Bridge; their cheers adding more bounce to otherwise tired legs.
I was slightly better prepared this year and with a bit more respect for the course, beat last year's time.
A fantastic day out and not just for the runners. There was plenty to do for none runners. My family went off on a fun mini-day trip and were back in good time to enjoy the entertainment at the Brathay estate and cheer my wearily legs in.
I would definitely recommended this event. Date of review: May 22, 2012
In short: Well organised race in a stunning location with some added hills In full: This was my fourth marathon and the smallest field. I had the chance to run without crowding (after the first mile or so) and completed in a PB time despite the hills. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the towns and more than enough scenery outside the towns that the miles (well 20 of them) flowed past. Yes it was hard work but there was always the thought taht there 18 people out on the course running it for the 10th time (respect to them). Would I do it again? Just try and stop me, I'll even try and get club mates to join me. Date of review: May 22, 2012