In short: Beautiful course, excellent organisation, great weather. In full: If you've had enough of big city races, and want a bit of space to run, this is the race for you. Very good marshalls, friendly atmosphere, beautiful scenery to run through, and great support from the public all the way around. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Not a bad race, but poor parking arrangements and different start/finish areas made meeting up difficult In full: Queued for about 20 mins along the entrance road, then had to wander about a quarter of mile to the start, join a massive queue for the toilets and bag drop and missed the start by a few minutes so I think the organisation was lacking. Having said that, once on the course the route was lovely, well marshalled, and enjoyable. A few fairly tough hills so PB's would be tough, but also some big, drawn-out down hills to make the time back. Rubbish goody bag, but you get what you pay for, and this was a cheaper race to enter.
In short: Was a good choice for my first marathon, lovely day. In full: Good organization. friendly runners and masahals(even if one did nearly ride into me :-) prefect weather, saw ponys. Did get a bit lonely after mile 20 twisty roads made me feel alone meant all i had was my mind for company so took to shouting "you can do it" to myself "come on". well done all who finished. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Shame about parking In full: Well what a course. Very scenic and hilly. Spectators and marshalls really nice and help full. St John's a BIG thank you. Well done firemen. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Great race, organisation was superb. In full: My first mara but didn't do anything to put me off. Parking was a little worrying as none was available when we turned up (early as told to) but plenty of street parking was available.
Plenty of toilets at the start to allow you to "blow off" excess pre race filling. Marshalling was perfection all the way round the course.
The hills were small but sometimes steep (especially at mile 17). Water stations were numerous and the sponge thing worked really well.
Locals obviously happily support the race as so many turned out.
The finish was well managed with nice commentary.
The medal though was carp.
Will do again... (did I just say that?) Date of review: October 1, 2009