In short: Missing sign/marshall meant half a mile extra, no PB, or podium In full: Ok so the course itself is pretty dismal. No scenery of note, and it is remarkably twisty - think the London Olympic Marathon. There were very small pockets of support, but mostly it is you and a housing estate on your own.
It was beginner friendly, with lots of water stops. However for me the worst part was a missing marshall that meant at least 20 of the front runners (positions 4 onwards), went an extra up to half a mile the wrong way. Really depressing and hard to motivate yourself, especially when you are well on for a PB. Even worse was finding out at the end that the same thing happened last year (in the same place)
I will never do it again, and I wouldn't suggest anyone else do either. There are much nicer places to run. Date of review: September 2, 2012
In short: Good value, good PB potential and my home race! In full: I know a lot of people have been disappointed with the scenery but I happen to like it. Running through streets beats running through dull country lanes any day. I though the course provides lots of variety, twists and turns with long straights, city centre and suburban settings. I always find it novel running round the ring road too!
The course is largely flat with a few good hills and slopes to add interest and good PB potential.
I also thought there was really decent and encouraging support out, although I do sympathise with the marathoners...it must have been pretty lonely on the 2nd lap.
The only negative points I would make would be the need for time-zoned starts to reduce congestion and a much better medal...it was shocking!
In short: Good run, well attended, great atmosphere at the finish. In full: Finding the place was tricky, with poor road signage around the town, and parking in the stated car park was limited due to building work. Having arrived/parked (later than expected)I feared the worst....BUT the run itself was great. Some scenic parts along canals, through parks, some less scenic, including a tour of the 'burbs. The kids mini marathon was great and the prizes they received were exceptional. My wife had no problem entertaining them whilst I ran. Free photos available online, so no rip off sky high photo charges. I would thoroughly recommend this marathon to others, but I'm not sure I will do it again. My training fell apart four weeks before the race due to the summer holidays.(I'm a teacher). Perhaps I shouldn't blame the timing, but my lack of discipline?! Date of review: September 7, 2011
In short: a good event In full: Don't take any notice of the grumpy old farts writing poor reviews, this event is good value, well organised and not a bad event at all. Some people are never happy. Date of review: September 7, 2011
In short: Dull In full: Run was dull, scenery lacking, running through housing estates made it feel like more of a training run. Water stations adequate. Could have done with isotonic drinks on offer. Medal was cheap, t-shirt unimpressive, and good bag not great either. Date of review: September 7, 2011
In short: Boring and best avoided In full: Has gone downhill since the course was changed in 2009. Sampling the "delights" of Penderford on cycle paths isn't my idea of a good event. Atmosphere was non existent in parts. I should have done Kenilworth instead. T-Shirt is below average and medal is cheap and nasty. Date of review: September 6, 2011