In short: Great Marathon training run! In full: I ran a pb for the 16 miler in under 2hrs so was pleased. Good weather helped. Suggest the 16 mile race starts before the 8 miler in future. Mug better than medal (at least you can use a mug), but carrier bag was empty of goodies! Think of the environment. Date of review: October 14, 2006
In short: Nice and flat, good to do a 16 milers In full: Thanks to the organisers and especially all the volunteers who make races like this work. I really liked the flat course, unusual mileage and early start. The goody bag was great (perfect for muddy shoes) but someone forgot to put anything in mine. Date of review: October 13, 2006
In short: Result of the early start but completely without support throughout! In full: This is 10 mins from my house so will forgive it's shortcomings. Well organised, better at the finish than in April. Water stations efficient. The odd portaloo on the course would be useful. Grotty mug which doesn't even say whether you did the 16 or 8m. Nothing in the goody bag! Date of review: October 12, 2006
In short: Early start, but great sense of achievement to compensate! In full: Running past Hampton Court, as the clock chimed 9, rowers on the river, runners on the towpath, sun shining in a blue sky - almost forgot there were 12 miles still to run! Good preparation for marathon in a few weeks. Thank you to organisers, marshalls and the very efficient guys and girls at the water stations. Date of review: October 12, 2006
In short: Good training run for those looking at autumn half/full marathons In full: Well organised, particularly liked the early start. Very flat course, enjoyed the section along the river, however, the A307 was uninspiring to put it mildly. Not a race distance I had done before (16 miles)and as a training run, Dublin Marathon beckons in 3 weeks, it was an excellent work out (I just hope Dublin is as flat!!). The car parking at the Eden Centre was very well organised, mind you it was only 7.00am and therefore not too busy. My only gripe would be the not-so-goodie bag......more like an-empty-bag, a BIG BAG full of .....erh....nothing!!
Overall well worth getting up at 5.45am and abstaining the night before. Date of review: October 10, 2006