In short: Well organised and marshalled In full: A very well organised and marshalled event. Everything ran like clockwork. Quite an undulating profile with the undulations starting at around the 17 mile point. Very secenic and generally traffic free. Some sports/isotonic drinks would have been nice but other than that a great event. Date of review: October 7, 2010
In short: Hiller than expected but good run, NO TOILETS THOUGH? In full: Lovely, countryside marathon, last hill killed me off at 23 miles though! Good organisation of a lot of marshalls, although shame they were threatening anyone peeing on a fence or bush will disqualification but providing no toilets? What do they expect after 4 hours? Good programme that we all got free. Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: The most beautiful race I've ever done, without having to run up a mountain! In full: This was an excellent race. The organisation, information and marshalling were first class, and what a stunning course! The scenery was beautiful, the terrain was manageable, and the hills were nothing to fear. Well done, and thank you!
Just one piece of advice to future runners: bring your own nutrition, because there are no gels or anything at the aid stations, apart from the jelly babies near the end - I would not like to run a marathon on water alone, and I was glad to have fuel with me... not a complaint, but people need to be prepared and self-suficient.
Oh, and a little note to the organisers: we are proud of age group winners, and want to celebrate their age-related success. That bit of the presentation ceremony (deliberately not mentioning any age categories, whilst giving out prizes for them) was ridiculous. I've never heard of club runners being embarrassed about their age, especially if they've won a prize for it, so please announce fully next year. If that's the only thing which let this race down for me, you know how much I enjoyed it! Congratulations to all concerned.
In short: Would sum up as an OK race that I will probably do again In full: Everything was just ok with the race. Not a lot to rave about but certainly nothing to complain about either. I'd do again I'm sure and would say it's a good one for others. Although I think if a first timer asked I would suggust a bigger race for them but that's just a personal opinion.
Feedback for organisers: Make giving feedback easier, sorry to be lazy but I'm not goin g to print off a PDF and post to you- give me an email address and make it easy. Only feedback is around the cups used, plastic cups are never ideal but the Kliz one's you used did the job. The problem one's were the larger cups of about 3/4 of apint size with very thick plastic, these just shattered when you squeezed them which is the best way to run. Not a complaint but any stretch but I would imagine thy are more epensive and do a worse job. Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: A great race and full credit to the organisers In full: My first marathon so nothing to judge against but plenty of shorter races under my belt. First class organisation from first parking car to getting back in to car at end. Advice to those moaning about parking/toilets etc-PREPARE AND READ INSTRUCTIONS NEXT TIME!! Parking easy, loads of loos, fantastic organisation from start, v convenient bag drop/pick up and lots of helpful marshalls around course (the Brownies jelly baby station at mile 23 was a touch). A few more spectators on the lonelier bits would have been nice, but stunning scenery for a good deal of route and perfect weather. Not hilly, undulating,(albeit undulations towards end hurt mentally!). And a sub 3'50 first marathon=one happy chappy! Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: Great fun for a long race. In full: My first marathon and despite a meltdown after mile 16, one of my favourite races. The support from the other runners was great, especially when those around me started to walk and jog too. Some great views and the locals were brilliant. Some of them must have been there for hours! Thanks to the marshals. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Great challenge - nice scenery, energy sapping hills In full: Thoroughly enjoyed a challenging course - Save something for the energy sapping hills at around 18 miles and 23 miles that make the last few miles quite challenging. Extremely nice scenery, well organised, would really appreciate water bottles at the water stations if at all possible. Overall excellent event and a superb venue for a race, ideal to mix with a weekend away - worth the trip. Date of review: September 27, 2010