In short: Bit too busy for the route and facilities... In full: Fourth year in a row I've done this event and whilst its great that its grown, it's probably got too big for the course its on and the facilities at the current base.
1) Friendly folk at the aid stations, lots of well stocked goodies there.
2) Goody bag looks decent
3) Flat quickish very "multi-terrain course"
4) Lots of friendly familiar faces.
5) Can park 2 minutes from venue.
1) Pyramids was utterly over crowded/jam packed probably to dangerous levels.
2) Course was a swamp in places after a lot of rain...
3) Medal is in the goody bag. Always feel a cardinal sin to do this at a marathon, not even bothered to look at it yet. If the organisers can't be bothered to hang them around finishers necks then its a very anti-climatic finish for me and takes some of the sense of achievement away.
4) Course was too busy in many, many places. There were lots of bottle necks, lots of bits of course are single track, there is a kissing gate, bike blockers, mud, puddles, lots of stop/starts/shuffles/stumbles, 1600 entrants on that course is too much I feel.
5) Medical staff at the finish could do with some people skills!
6) Said parking is £8.50
7) Start went early, first announcement I heard (at 8:56) was "Its started..." Date of review: December 22, 2013
In full: First marathon for me and I did not feel out of place, good organisation and water stations with mice pies, bananas etc, great marshalling and lovely medal and goody bag Date of review: December 22, 2013
In short: Nice atmospere - to kick off the Xmas holidays! In full: This is a nice run to do - but it can be tricky, due to water and wind. The 2013 version was rich in puddles, and a nasty wind on the seafront at the very end. But there is a friendly feel about it, and there are mince pies along the way. What's not to like! Date of review: December 22, 2013
In short: Need to have some more drink stations and change the route at the western end In full: Great fun race but there needs to be more drinks stations and the route from Pyramids to the west (old town) and back was marred by lots of joe public milling about near the arcades and fast food restaurants. Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Surprisingly pretty and well organised In full: Really enjoyed this race. Despite being in a largish city there was plenty of parking, no extreme queues at the toilets, and easy to understand directions. The weather was glorious which helped make the views and the scenery look really pretty and the terrain was challenging but didn't impede anyone who had trained hard and was looking for a good time. The only slight gripe I had was I wore off-road trainers as the pre-race notes suggested it would be a mud bath and there would be lots of off-road running. In fact the vast majority was on concrete and the off-road bits would have easily been dealt with in my normal trainers. However this was a small issue that (only) I had so no real complaints. Date of review: February 21, 2013
In short: A flat race with a mixture of surfaces In full: Enjoyed the race - though the weather may have had a significant contribution. Scenery was ok, but i didn't like the council estate section after the park (mile 5ish), but this was only minimal section and needs must in an urban setting. Finished mid pack so had no problems with the goody bags etc, that others have indicated, though the funnel was sooooo slooowwww. Dodging strollers added to the fun but the trail sections on the sea shore became a bit traffic jam. My only issues were open cups of water as i like to sip a bottle as i run and the final U-turn was not really indicated clearly, and i was pooped by then and looking for home - but both really minor issues that wouldn't stop me doing it again. Spoke to some marshalls collecting signs in the afternoon and they indicated local scrotes had robbed some which may explain some of the other comments regarding signage. Overall a good race, just not perfect. Date of review: February 21, 2013
In short: This is for the coastal half, run in February In full: Third time I've done this (first in fancy dress). The course is lovely. I managed to run a bit more than I should have at the second turning point--a bigger, clearer sign next year might be nice. A lovely medal, and though at the back I had food, sports drink tablet, water, shampoo sample and 15% off voucher for a local sports store in my goody bag, which seemed reasonable (I got nothing but adverts in a carrier at a 10K that cost more than this a couple of weeks ago). Many more people on the course at the end than the first time I ran it (2010, when the driving wind and rain might have made an impact), but to be fair that is mentioned in the race literature as a possibility. All in, I love this one, just for being something so different and friendly. Date of review: February 19, 2013
In short: poor organisation, rubbish goody (if you got one!) and expensive In full: I ran with a friend who was doing her first half. From the begining it lacked organistion, we arrived at 7.30am to collect our numbers and were kept waiting for 20 mins with no explanaton or apology. There was a serious lack of signs and marhsalls. A group of us got lost between 5 and 7. the last 3 miles were dangerous dodging pedestrians and with vertually no signs we had to guess where to go and we had to ask other runners who had finishes where to go. The goody bags were a carrier bag with some leaflets. I won't be doing again it again which is a shame for such a worthy cause. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: nice coastal half but not enough signage In full: shame about the signage...spoilt what would nave been lovely run. saw people going wrong on langstone common, we were only kept on track cos saw mile marker from the car on the way in! agree with previous that as a slow back runner felt our goody bag was a bit sparse and no water! needs a few little tweaks to make it a great race. Date of review: February 18, 2013