In short: You're either hooked or you'll hate it ! In full: 2007(Half Marathon). Must be one of, if not,THE best halves in the country. Rocket Rod does a great job of organising this, plus a few other cheeky little runs. The camaraderie is spot on, the hills take no prisoners and the scenery is out of this world. If you don't like hills, train and do it. If you do like hills then just Do It ! Date of review: September 23, 2007
In short: Magnificent scenary. I chose it for my 50th marathon, as I've loved the Langdale area for 40 years or so. It took me 4:30, and I've never before been over 4 hrs on the road. In full: I drove around the day before, and expecting about 3 big rises per lap (having browsed the 1:50000 O.S. map), was somewhat in a state of shock to count 26 ups, 4 of them really serious at around 25%....and that was on just one lap. Date of review: November 3, 2006
In short: I only ran it because Brighton were playing at Carlisle on the Saturday! In full: My schedule for Dublin said 'half marathon' for this weekend, As I was going up to Carlisle to watch the Mighty(ahem!) Stripes, I thought I'd do a search for a local half.
Came up with this one, did a bit of research on here and still entered!
Great Race, first 3 miles flat(ish), and then we went up the side of a mountain!!!!
Well, it was all up & down from then!!!
Enjoyed having a good run for the last mile, but enjoyed the previous 12 even more. Date of review: October 5, 2006
In short: Best race of the year In full: This is a brilliant race. The atmosphere, organisation, not to mention the jaw-dropping scenery are all brilliant. Forget your watch. The hills are tough but do not let this put you off. This has been my most enjoyable race of the year by a mile. Date of review: September 28, 2006
In short: fantastic experiance for a first timer (half marathon and race) would definately recommend it In full: This was my first ever race and half marathon which i decided to do three months ago. was in the best location in the country with fantastic scenery and briliant weather. a very tough course but thoroughly enjoyable and it has given me the incentive to try more. Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: Character Building In full: First time I have done this race (the half) and would definately do it again with more hill (sorry mountain) training and work on positive mental attitude. A fantastic race. WARNING: The marathon is not for mere mortals - it must be one of the toughest in the country! Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: Very, very hard work but stunningly beautiful! In full: I'd expected hilly - it was the Lake District after all! - but my jaw dropped as we drove round the course on Friday evening. Despite running up every single hill in Oxford during training, I did start wondering if I'd bitten off more than I could chew! My tactic was to leave my watch in the car, take it steady on the hills, relax on the downhills, and enjoy the views. It worked. Loved it! And was pleased with my time, all considered. Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: Beautiful but Brutal! In full: 2nd running of the marathon for me - and STILL love it despite the murderous hills! Wonderful atmosphere in a stunning setting! Took 15 mins off last years time.....and my legs surely know it, but will be back next year!!! Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: A race to forget the clock and just enjoy the scenery. In full: A gem in the Lake District. A really well organised race with plenty of parking, friendly marshalls as well as the spectators in the local villages. The scenery is outstanding, particularly around 10-11 miles. Its nearly as beautiful on the second lap, if you do the marathon !!! I'll be back next year, but maybe for just the one lap. Date of review: September 25, 2006