In short: Exceptional In full: What a great day out! It was the best part of a day by the time I got back to the Scout Hut.
When I first saw the four sides of written directions, I did have a 'what am I doing here!' moment but they are very detailed and once you get going, pretty easy to follow (only got 'confused' a couple of times). A race of great character is probably the best way to summarize - hope I can make it next year. Very friendly club....well done The Spartans. Enourmously inspired by the 100 Marathoners....only 97 to go for me! Date of review: July 23, 2007
In short: My first marathon, a great experience! In full: This was my first marathon, and I really enjoyed it. Great atmosphere and the other runners were really friendly and helpful, especially when I almost got lost several times! Tough enough course, but the bread-and-butter pudding at the water stations was great. Well done to the FV Spartans for organising it! Date of review: July 23, 2007
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