In short: A marathon for the purist. In full: Good running weather (mild/sunnny), a proper challenge (four pages of detailed instructions taking you through attractive rural Hertfordshire), generously stocked checkpoints (choice of drinks/sweets/cereal bars/bread pudding), great camaraderie amongst runners and walkers.
I had a great day. The event has so many plus points and Fairlands Valley Spartans put it all together flawlessly as usual. I'm not known for my navigation skills, but working together with two other runners, we negotiated the route without getting lost at all (a first for me) and it was a privilege to be out there enjoying the run with no pressures (of trying to get a pb or counting down the miles (no mile markers)).
Felt great to make it to the finish to sample free refreshments including a barbeque!
Thanks to all involved and see you next year. Date of review: July 22, 2007
In short: Bread pudding, map reading, oh, and some running In full: the food at the checkpoints and at the bbq at the finish was very much appreciated. Only got lost a couple of times. Not a run to do if you are obsessed about times, but if you enjoy great scenery, good company, and running through muddy lanes and across fields of wheat, with the added spice of not being quite sure you are running in the correct direction, this is for you! Date of review: July 22, 2007
In short: This is what running is all about In full: A truely scenic route combined with the challenge of piloting yourself round. Made even better by the chance to enjoy the company of other participants and, not least, the wonderful hospitality of the Fairlands Valley Spartans. Date of review: July 22, 2007
In short: Once again, a really great event - with good food at the end. In full: This is always a great event and I look forward to whatever distance I do each year. The weather was kinder this year - not as hot as it has been! Still hot enough. Thanks to Roger and all the others who worked so hard to make it the event it is. Date of review: August 16, 2006
In short: They don't call it a challenge for nothing... In full: 1st marathon for me and I didn't help myself by getting lost twice and losing my instructions so I had to go back and find them! To be honest it was a lot tougher than I thought it'd be (Hertfordshire is a bit hilly-er than I expected!)but the various folks you meet on the way round (cheers Joe for putting up with my sweary ramblings over the last 2 miles) make it so much easier and the people at the checkpoints are friendly and helpful and there's the bread pudding of course.