In short: Good race for my first marathon but the hill did for me 2nd time round In full: Good overall race, my first marathon. Set out to try to get a good time which went fine until I got to the hill 2nd time round! Oh well at least I tried but it did make the last 7 miles very hard Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Only done big city marathons before so this was certainly different. I only entered week before last and hadn't done enough training so became one of those people I have moaned about - had to walk/run the last 8/10 miles. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Thanks for the great organisation. The start is a bit crowded by I set off from the back (first mile 9min) and the others were 7.30mins. Really enjoyed the scenary - a few interesting hills. Really appreciated the water bottles - well done to teh Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: My first stab at the Shakespeare Marathon - enjoyed the experience and will be back in 2007! In full: Stratford upon Avon is a lovely place to stage a marathon. With the majority of runners doing the Half, this feels like a big event even though the two-lap format and loneliness after the half runners turn-off after 11 miles makes this more of a mental rather than physical challenge.
One hill of note (8miles and 18miles), which rewarded you with fantastic views once you reached the crest! Apart from that it was mainly flat anf runner friendly.
The marshaling was top-notch, the water stations plentiful (and with the choice of cups or bottles!), and the crowd support was well spread around the course and really helped in getting me my fastest marathon this year!
I note the comments about the cost, lack of energy drinks and hills, but I rate this event very highly (and particularly the time and efforts given voluntarily by all the organising team/marshals/helpers, which allows such fantastic events to take place and continue). Thanks to you all. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great organistion. Loved the setting, and despite a few hills and a long track section got a PB! In full: Very well organised. Started right on time, and no queues for a parking space even though we had to pay & display. Plenty of water station. The setting is brilliant with one lap around Stratford town with lots of cheering crowds and then through lovely picturesque villages. The hills were a bit of a challenge, particularly on the second lap at mile 18, and the trail/track for the last 4 miles dragged on a bit. But the finish along the river was a great setting, and it was nice to even hear my name announced on the tannoy at the end. Loved the medal shaped as 25. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: well organised, great for a family day out In full: a well organised run, with lots of drink stations and portaloos. the marshalls worked hard to make things run smoothly and ensure everyones safety, a good first time half, will definately enter next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006