In short: Renewed my love for my long suffering husband In full: I was doing this marathon as a favour to a friend who wanted to run a marathon for her 40th birthday. We trained together then she announced her decision to hie off to Florence. I, chose Rutland. I was always going to be disappointed really...
This was my first marathon and was carefully chosen for its flatness, proximity to husband's aged parents, trail'ness', views and seasonal advantages (ie not blazing hot but not icy either.)
Reality - I woefully underestimated artic blasts, got long sleeved top off for around 4 miles and wished I was wearing longs, by the time I started walking (see later) I wished I had a fur lined cap and boots with me. Not flat / undulating. Way too much tarmac than I can cope with so knee caved in ludicrously early at mile 5, cue distraught phone call to husband (now with aged parents). He then abandoned all family plans to come and shout with me, at me and do all the things that running widows do. A disproportionate amount of race didnt have a view (unless you count graded tarmac).
I learnt so much at this event - and it was invaluable for that. So many of my problems stemed from my lack of running experience - I had a wretched time because of me rather than the event organisers.
This was a stunningly well organised event, with some fantastic marshalls - jelly babies earlier on and at more stations would be the tops for us strugglers! I would recommend it to anyone but a complete beginner. I found the delayed start particularly painful in light of the freezing wind - if people are late, start without them - especially as it was chip timed.
Oh yes and some nugget drove into us in the carpark, Sir, if you are reading this, now that my race is over I will find you and you will pay for our bumper. And then I will beat you. (in a race obviously)
In short: A most beautiful setting, with some of the best Marshals to be found anywhere In full: The most perfect setting for a Marathon, with excellent marshaling. An undulating course that always kept you working. Race can be improved with accurate mile markers, no sign of the energy drinks at 18-20 miles (as advertised) Organisers either changed the start or need to increase the time necessary to get there, race 15 minutes late starting-too cold to be left standing around. Only two gents toilet cubicals at start, need more. Trying to be constructive! but a great marathon all the same. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Top route: Great views & enough to make you work! In full: *Excellent parking / cafe facilities. *Great route *Great Marshalls and Organisers *Friendly at the back... *Doing it again, but will train with more hill work - lots of little climbs with a big "un" of undulating at around the 21mile mark. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Boy, do I hurt this morning In full: An excellent marathon in a superb setting and glorious weather- the rainbow at the start was a really nice touch! But I never anticipated the relentless little hills and the endless cattle grids - and by the end they really did take their toll despite the fact that my training was all done on the Pennines. The jelly babies at the second to last water stop were great but I could have done with a few more boosts at the last few water stops and something to eat at the finish - eg an iced bun or a bar of chocolate - would have been greatly appreciated. Otherwise, a great run and one that I will definately recommend. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Tough but ultimately rewarding trail race In full: A real tough challenge. Hillier and harder than I thought it would be with multiple-terrain surfaces mixing it up just for good measure. Got off to a poor start with a bone-chilling 1.5ml walk to the start just above freezing with a polar bear wind blasting in off the water! Glorious scenery around Rutland on a gorgeous autumnal day. But some of the stretches of the race were always going to be lonely because you're so isolated out in the countryside. Top T-shirt and medal, the marshals and army cadets out on route were supportive and cheerful... All in all a very special race. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Great Trail Marathon, that is by no means Flat! In full: Really enjoyed the marathon. Lovely route even with the two lap section, I felt a little sorry for those being lapped but most seemed to be enjoying the event. Some minor issues, Mile markers where out, and the lack of sports drinks to help in the later stages. Also a technical T would have been much nicer as a gift at the end as there is no way not I will wear cotton when running. I will enter again, well done to Fa-Feet on their first Marathon :-) Date of review: November 8, 2010