In short: !st marathon. Slow but finished In full: First half crowded but well supported. Between miles 13 and 20 I wondered why I had decided to do a full marathon. Last 6 miles felt better as I could see the end slowly approaching. The scenary was lovely around the country park and water centre and the finish line was wonderful. Really good medal but very disappointed there was no t shirt for the £38. Would I do it again. Initially never, after some reflection I think I would. Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: Well organised carnival marathon In full: Flatter than before but not "flat". Race village was okay, massage service before the race was good. Baggage service very good. First half route was fair, second half quite pleasant getting out of the city and round the parks and lake. Mile markers mostly 0.1 mile (170 yards) off, 21 mile marker was over 1/3 mile wrong. Marshalls very good, water stations good but I wasn't keen on the squeezy water bottles! General crowd support very good, sparse in places, but this wasn't London and there weren't half a million people available to turn up on the day. Around the city centre and finish area the crowds were immensely loud and supportive. Finish zone was good, goody bag pretty good too. Medal massive and attractive. The price was close to a rip off, £6 more than most big city marathons, and that's before being expected to pay £15 for a t-shirt. Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: Would have enjoyed it better if l had planned my stay better. In full: It was a flattish course and the inclines weren't as steep as l thought they could be. I would love to do it again, but will make different plans next time. Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: Whilst the route is flatter than years ago its not so pretty and I think there are parts of the course that are poorly organised/ thought out leading to bottle necks and confusion In full: Toilet queues were hideous - need more mens urinals so the toilets can be used by women mainly.
Start line - I was to start in the green area but couldn't see how to get through to the green area so had to go right to the back of the orange and muscle my way through - never made it to the 1.50 pace which I wanted!
The new route is very dull to run in terms of scenery. Also, I never felt I had the space around me to push through at a pace I wanted t run at! Was constantly held back by slower runners - even in the last mile! Through the University was particularly bad and also the last 1.5 miles (a narrow track alongside the river as spectators were allowed right to the edge of the grass!)Crazy!
Despite best efforts by race organisers to ensure people start in their correct area according to their predicted speed I really feel some people are clueless as to what they can realistically achieve! They either have never paced themselves in training or they have not done anywhere near enough training so end up walking or running very slowly getting in the way of us that have put the effort in!
Water stations were fine for the half marathon. I always take my own bottle with me so just top up whilst going round.
I did the half marathon but I have to say the end stretch over the suspensin bridge for the marathon runners was terrible! Pedestrians were allowed to walk and marshalls never really kept a strict enough eye on them. The last thing you want as a runner is to be worrying whether someone will move out of your way as you run towards them. Some poor runners race could be ruined potentially by being tripped up r having to dive around them!
The stretch on the embankment where runners filter off to do the marathon or half marathon was a joke. I didn't see any signs we just had a tannoy saying to keep right fr the half and left for the full. I am damned sure they got the instructions wrong at some point too!
Atmosphere was good generally especially longside the race village, through Boots (Gem am)etc. But overall I wouldn't say I enjoyed the race itself!
In short: Enjoyable but room for improvement In full: Positives: I was following the 2 hour pacer and he was spot on and having good banter with the runners Plenty of water stations and the water "bags" were really good Great support at the start and the end, and around the Uni campus, just needed a little more to keep you going especially in the Boots bit The race village was good Quite flat, some up hills and nice down hills! Great medal Good organisation at the start with the staggered star
Negatives: No 12 mile marker, I wasn't using a GPS watch so I'd got no idea how far was left It was very demoralising at the end seeing the other runners finishing! Running through the Boots campus was dull with no support At the start we ran up and over the pavement which I don't think we were supposed to do, the same happened at the end because there wasn't any barriers or tape marking the route out Watch out for traffic cones! No t-shirt at the end Could not hear/see the warm up from the Green section Very crowded and narrow at places, I nearly fell over a number of times, bumped into people and tripping over each other Surface changed to rubble/trail almost, nearly hurt my ankle as my foot landed lower than expected in a pot hole which you couldn't see The finish line was round a corner so you didnt see it until the last seconds Not enough marshals, and poor marking in places Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: First time running a half marathon, no complaints for organisation In full: This was my first half marathon so have no other to compare it to. In terms of organisation and support over the half marathon distance I thought it was well supported.
The first half of the half I personally found a bit dull but I spent all of it weaving/running through all the other colour bands as I had been placed in orange right at the back.The second half of the half was a lot more scenic.
No mile marker at mile 12 and a little bit soul destroying running down the bank of the river and seeing that you had to loop back on yourself to the finish which seemed like forever. Would have been good to see the finish line a bit sooner.
I thought the race village was good and there was not a massive wait for the toilets. My only gripe for these and this applies to all races I have done is that I wish organisers would either have separate toilets for spectators or ask that spectators wait until the race has started to use them where possible.
For the price there should have been a tshirt. I have run much smaller and cheaper races and got a tshirt.
Very good medal and lots of snacks, banana's, water and lucozade at the end along with foil to keep warm.
The course is flat and good for a P.B. If you think you can run this fast (which I didn't when I first entered) try and get put into the first colour bandings and not at the back !! Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: Full marathon: not the best route, terrible pacer, great medal, lots of water stations In full: Well what can I say. This was my first M during the Robin Hood event, I ran the HM in 2011.
First of all it took the organization ages before announcing the date of the event. I entered for the Half since there was no news on the Full. That also took weeks and weeks. But in the end, there was going to be a full marathon, so I also entered that one (expensive because double entry).
pacers: They told me that there would be pacers. Well, that was right, just one minute before the start of the event the (slow) 4.45 pacer turned up. There were only two people following him. But.... the first 10K in 1.03 is not really a 4.45 time and although I told him that he was going too fast, he only replied with 'I try to slow down'. Wel he did eventually, after he lost both me and the other girl. I did overtake them half way (when he obviously slowed down hugely) but suddenly he ran along again and finished alone. Strange situation and absolutely not done. Way too fast at the startm almost spoiling the whole race.
food and drink: Pleny of water stations and pretty handy water bags. The Lucozade bottles were a bit large, meaning lots of empty bottles ended up next to the street. Why not put some bins at some points? No fruit or whatever for the marathon.
Route: Very boring. At a lot of points during the course you could see other turning, or going back again. Some industrial places, a parking lot.... Couldn't that be a bit better? I personally liked the lake, but I was surprised by the surface en route. Good thing that it has been dry weather! One marshall did not pay any attention and I nearly took the wrong route. My friend as supporter also had to tell some people which way to go! No supporters en route during the last half. The last 1,5 mile is really distressing. You go over a bridge, you can see the finish, hear the finish but...... you have to go to the left first......look at others who have turned round already... wait for the turning point (which seems far away)...and go back again to the finish line.... Not ideal to say the least.
Finish: Race village is OK, but why isn't there something like an expo with stuff to buy? Only the Sweatshop with some minor things and that is about it. Pity.
Medal: Absolutely great. Thumbs up for that. That made it worthwhile :-)
In short: there is nothing really wrong with the run. But there are a few things that could be improved (course, fruit, pacers, communication about date). Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: Same no longer takes in the 'sights' of nottingham In full: Not enough drink stations, only 3 for 13 miles is not enough. The mile markers were not well sign posted. Got from 3-7 miles without spotting the signs which threw the whole pace of the race. Also, don't like the new 'water bottles' Not easy to drink from either couldn't get anything out or ended up getting massive gulps which disrupted the breathing patterns. Also several people popped them by running on them which made the roads even more slippy. Atmosphere was only good at beginnig and end. Most spectators can't or didn't go into the Boots campus, boring mile! Date of review: October 10, 2013