In short: Dire traffic stops this being a classic In full: This is an odd race.Surely there is somewhere on IOW with less traffic to run? Watching out for cars rendered much of the scenic aspect of the course redundant. Great marshalling and good water/sponge stations. Date of review: August 26, 2007
In short: Nice hills but the traffic is murder! In full: Marshalls did a sterling job holding back the hordes of Sunday drivers fancying a bit of runner hood ornament. The course is nice and scenic but the low numbers made it more like a training run. Worth doing but not a pb course. Date of review: August 22, 2007
In short: Hills and scenic .... fantastic but tough In full: 11 o'clock start and weather was not too bad although a bit breezy. Hills were tough and it was undulating other than past Bembridge but brilliant marshalls and nice medal... thank you Date of review: August 21, 2007
In short: Hills are my friends! Very fast race. In full: hills, hills and more hills right to the finish but that didn't stop me posting a great new PB, YAY for me! Marshalls were lovely (if sparse), one at the big intersection before mile 11 would have been great. Challenging route which I like but being on roads with vehicles was a pain. Lots of water and sponge stops which was great. Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: A great race, spoilt by heavy traffic. In full: I agree with Robert, that this race would benefit from greater publicity. It was very disappointing to have so little public support around the course. None of the locals seemed to have any knowledge of the race. We enquired, on arrival at the Canoe Lake, by asking a number of people already there, if they knew where the registration station was. They all declared that they knew nothing about any race. It would have been helpful if there had been one or two signs directing runners to the registration area.
On the whole, a very well organised race, with very helpful marshalls, drink and sponge stations, and exellent St John's Ambulance service. The only factor making me undecided about entering again next year, is THE TRAFFIC. Too many close shaves for comfort. Date of review: May 29, 2007
In short: Great race if you are prepared for lots of hills, beware traffic trying to get you! In full: This was my first attempt at the Island and really enjoyed it until 17 miles when I started feeleing quite ill, until that point I had felt great. I would comment that it should be better publicised on the Island for local to support & cheer on and also so that they no there will be runners in the road. My Great Aunt has lived on the Island since before the race started and the first she knew of it was when I told her I had entered. I think there were a maximum of twenty locals around the course to chher us on. Traffic in our direction had signs to warn of runners, traffic in the other direction had no idea. This resulted in many a car trying to pass us, only to find a car coming from the other direction around blind corners at 60mph. As for the coach that nearly removed my right elbow, let's just say I was less than impressed. In all, a beautiful course, under populated by runners and supporters alike. I would also have preferred to pay more to enter and have water in bottles instead of cups; the offer to take your own drinks to water stations of your choice was great though. Date of review: May 23, 2007
In short: DNF - Gracefully retired at 15 miles - no way was I going to get to the finish! In full: Apart from that minor problem, a thoroughly enjoyable, well organised and friendly marathon. Loads of marshals to control the traffic. Weather was lovely and I'm sure the last 11 miles were just as scenic as the first 15! Thank you to Ryde Harriers for the organisation. Look forward to 2008! Date of review: May 23, 2007