In short: The T-shirt says 'toughest road marathon in the world' (or similar). It fails to say how worthwhile all that effort is. Loved it. In full: Two laps of the half - first lap is tough enough but the second is brutal. There's only a hardy/foolish(?) few that take on both laps so you could well end up on your own for much of the second lap. That said, there are water stations every three miles with plenty of happy, smiley encouraging marshalls to check you're OK. Not sure where the earlier reviewer went wrong but there weas loads of water available at the finish when I arrived.
The scenery is among the finest England has to offer but this is the Lake District so you have to work to see it. Fortunately, the weather was clear this year - I believe its a different experience entirely in the wet.
Overall - small, friendly and reasonably priced. No unnecessary frills just everything you need to deliver a proper gem of a race.
Many, many thanks to Rod and all his team. Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Hills, hills and more hills! In full: Fantastic scenery made the effort of all the hills worthwhile. Plenty of waterstations on course, but no water at end. The atmosphere was friendly, especially on the second lap, when it was only the mad marathoners left. Thoroughly enjoyed the run, and may come back again, just a bit of a treck up country from Portsmouth. Whatever you do, put this on your list of must do marathons. Date of review: September 21, 2009
In short: Stunning scenery, fantastic atmosphere, and hills - oh lawdy the hills ! In full: Forget your PBs, just run this race - the views are stunning, the locals friendly, and it gets you up in the Lakes for the weekend. I'll be back - and ready for the hills next time ! Date of review: September 21, 2009
In short: fantastic day yet again! In full: great atmosphere, fresh air, mountain scenery, family enjoyed the day out. yip, the course is tough (especially from skelwith bridge) but you do it , just to DO it. I'll be back next year for more punishment Date of review: September 20, 2009