In short: Excellent organisation and support for a first-timer In full: The finish in the park was really good - very friendly and lots of people. And an announcer who gave your name. Marshalls and crown were really supportive during the second lap. It was hard to get out of the way for the start - once in the 'pen' you couldnt get toward the back, and therefore got in the way of faster runners. Traffic was a bit close from time to time - obviously would be better if the roads were closed, but Stratford without tourists ?
I really enjoyed the day. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Excellent organisation apart from poor water stations In full: First ever marathon and enjoyed the experience. Many thanks to the army of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers from the Rotary Club who had obviously worked so hard to make a success of the day. My only adverse comment would be about the water stations. One station gave water in 500ml bottles, which was fine but all the others handed out water in small plastic cups. I found it impossible to drink from these while running and difficult to calculate how much fluid I'd taken with the result that I finished rather dehydrated. Bottles at all stations would be worth the extra expense Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Scenic simple course with a nice finishing touch! In full: My only real criticism would be better organisation at the start, separating the half and marathon runners properly would have been better. I also didn't like the narrow little piece where you got your toes squashed by the traffic coming through! All in all though a great course for a firt timer like myself, no serious inclines, scenic route with fabulous support and encouragement all the way! Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Good race, a bit hilly but good atmosphere In full: Start is a scum and it is very narrow for a quite a while which inhibits PB potential, however saying that I did get a PB was just frustrating that I knew I was actually faster. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: A thoroughly well organised, well marshalled race. Good support and loads of drink stations. A fantastic run in to the finish. In full: This has got to be one of the best marathons of the year. The Greenway was tough second time round, but hey,it's a marathon! This race is going to grow and grow. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Good running weather and very scenic route In full: Seemed well organised and friendly. Supportive crowd at the start and finish. Route pleasant and winding through some lovely villages. Only one longish hill and generally flat with gravel path for last few miles. Good medal this year, but still rather expensive and chip timing would have helped as narrow roads at start and starting near back as I usually do lost quite a bit of time (will know to start further forward next time!). Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: well organised marathon in a nice town In full: The marathon course follows a 2 loop. After the half marathoners filter off then the field slims down. This can mean spells of running alone but you are always in view of other runners. The course is fairly flat with 2 hills. There is a downhill section that is on a 14% decline, which can be hard work on 2nd lap. There is a longer section along the dis-used railway (greenway) on 2nd lap, where there is little support and the straight featureless chalked based path can get boring.
The marshalling is excellent and the general organisation is great. It would be better still if there was isotonic drink available on the 2nd lap. It would also help if there could be some attempt to organise the mass start so that runners line up based on estimate of how long it will take to do the first half.