In short: Nice race but a bit lonely after the half and full races split. In full: The first half with the half marathoners was well supported but one the raceg split it was out of town and out of support, the new couse is quite flat and the race was very well marshalled. Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: Shouldn`t rate the Half and Marathon in same section! In full: My reasons for doing this marathon were admittedly suspect - I did it in 2010 (my 1st) and didn`t like the course but returned because it was pretty local and therefore affordable. Gripes - I got no info through the post , only my bib, which is scandalous at that price really but the rest of the organisation was solid. The first half was a doddle, flat and bits of nice scenery with great support but then it got tough. Exposed windy sections made sure it was not `easy` and the last 2 miles of switchback have rightly been described as `soul destroying`. Nice event overall though. Can`t criticise the route too much because Nottingham is what it is. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: where was the t-shirt In full: My first ever marathon and until you do one I don't think you know what to expect, or how damn difficult they are. Respect to anyone who completes a marathon no matter what time. I dont know Nottingham at all, but the crowd support was excellent and the second half of the race was quite scenic, but that lake!! My God, how soul destroying to see people on the opposite bank knowing you had to run a mile and a half to get where they were; I could have quite easily jacked it in but the support of other runners helped a lot and I thank them. One minor gripe, bit tight having to pay £14.00 for a t-shirt, surely £38.00 was sufficient enough without the extra cost?? My 'goody bag' consisted of a mars bar, cereal bar, bottle of water and lucozade! Not even any pretzils. Anyway moan over. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: A good day out. In full: A well organised run with a scenic marathon route and some pacers. The marshals were upbeat and supportive and plenty of water and 'sports drink' stations. Lots of runners completing the full, so no feeling of loneliness after the half marathon split. A party atmosphere at the start and finish, including lots of stalls. A good day out. Date of review: September 30, 2013
In short: My 1st Half......ever! In full: I have to admit, I have nothing to gauge Nottingham to, as this was my 1st big race, although i've done a few 10k. Overall, my fiance and me found it well organised and felt very welcome. My partner did the Full and said she thoroughly enjoyed the course. I did too and would run this again. I do, however, wish that other runners would(if they have to stop running at any point)make sure they clear away from others, as I nearly knocked over 2 'walkers' and tripped on others wearing earphones, who were oblivious to runners around them. On the plus side.....I beat my Training PB by 7 mins and nearly broke the 2 hr barrier(missing it by 31 secs). Date of review: September 30, 2013
In short: Soul destroying full marathon In full: Sorry to be negative and I admit to be spoilt by London and where I live (rural area) but I found this course dull and boring. The main issue that I had was that I was placed in the orange pen and respected that. I spent the first five miles or so trying to get past half marathoners that were walking or obviously in the wrong zone. Pleased to separate at mile 11, but did not really enjoy rest, felt like nottingham was desperately trying to make a marathon course by the looping around. Holme Pierpoint was bad but the finish loop at the end was soul destroying. Time as predicted at 3 40, so pleased with that. On the plus side, loved the medal Date of review: September 30, 2013
In short: Challenging second half (for the 26.2) In full: Only my second ever marathon and I guess you are spoilt at London. First half is pretty standard road, little bit of trail round the Uni campus. Lots of change of surface in the second half and some quite tight turns which my tender feet did not appreciate. Also some short sharp gradients getting up onto river side banking or crossing footbridges.
Race village and finish processing area very good though. Would I prefer to pay a bit more upfront and also get a T shirt or have the choice of paying £14 for a T shirt if I wanted it?? I don't know! Date of review: September 30, 2013
In short: A fast scenic course with no frills In full: The new course is fast and mostly flat.Luckily the weather in the week before and during the 2013 event was fine. Had it been wet the cross country sections may have been challenging. The crowd support was great especially towards the end. On the negative side: the marshals were sparse at various points and I had to ask the spectators the way, there were no bands and no split timing. You get what you pay for I suppose, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to all.
In short: Not seen reviews of the full marathon so here goes In full: This is my local race. I've run the full 7 times and the half twice.
I have to say the organisation for the full was pretty good. I heard they had to apologise for the mini-marathon where people were mis-directed. That's a shame but at least they offered a refund.
Well they changed the course quite a bit and I like it a lot more. The atmosphere was as good if not better than previous years. Plenty of water stations.
Why oh why do the organisers insist on punishing people with Holme Pierpont. It's a miserable lap of a big lake with blustery wind and no shade. It's quite depressing. So as usual, the half is very good but the full still needs work.
Finally, thanks to all the unpaid volunteers and I suppose to the organisers, though I'm sure at what we pay do ok out of this.
Also a big thank you to the crowds who were so encouraging especially towards the end.
Every year I say the organisers need to change the course but every year I do the race so it must be good. :)
Leicester in a fortnight. I must be mad.
Thank you for reading. Date of review: September 29, 2013