In short: The people behind this marathon made this event a very special one In full: A two lap suburban marathon in and around Orpington with a small offroad section. Undulating, mainly on pavement with a few road crossings which were marshaled. I enjoyed the run which was challenging, but the cool/drizzly conditions were ideal for running in (but not for marshalling or spectating).
The day was used for fundraising purposes, encompassing a number of differing events allowing for a good number of participants. Lots of really genuine people giving up their day for good causes (and lost causes like us marathon runners).
The only slight downside was the marathon coming up short as 25.4 miles. As I had a garmin, I decided to add on a couple of loops of the park at the end with another runner to make up the shortfall. Made the day even more eventful. Mentioned to the marshals that they just needed to direct the marathoners back in to the start line and out again before starting the second lap - easily solved.
Otherwise, a really top day, and thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Shame about the weather In full: The marshalls were brilliant, esp the fact that some of them had put in all day, esp when the half-marathon must have been a wet and cold experience for them, lots of thanks must go to these wonderful people who make the races possible, so many drink stations,I don't think I have every seen so many. I found the race hard going esp about the 10 mile mark, there were many marathoners who finished before me. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: well organised, marshalled and signed and on a charity race In full: I too had brought the map and instructions imagining that for a low key, charity race I may well need them. In fact it had probably just the right amount of signs and helpful marshalls, with drinks if you needed them. There are road crossings and pedestrians that will prevent any thoughts of PBs but they've made this into a really enjoyable local marathon for a good cause, well done Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: quite well organised charity event - great marshalls - pity such a short course In full: Good to see such support for this charity event - plenty of drinks - very helpful marshals despite the horrible weather - just a pity it was so short of the marathon distance - I followed the route intructions (just like an LDWA event)- the consensus of the garmins was just under 25.4 miles ? Well supported by the 100 Marathon Club - but probably not next year due to the short course ? Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: A great day out. The organisers sorted out last year's problems and got it right this time. In full: It's good when organisers care about the feedback from the runners. Last year highlighted a few issues and they have all been addressed which made for a great day. Numbers keep increasing for this race and long may it continue. I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: A low-key event with a good positive feel about it In full: I'd expected this to be a lot more of a look-after-yourself event and came equipped with a map, route instructions and bottles of drink to see me through. In fact, there were loads of (very friendly and helpful) marshals, drinks stations and route markers. You really couldn't fault the organisation and there's not much you can do about the fact that a lot of the route is along busy roads with more road crossings than would be ideal. I liked the range of events catering for all levels and the mix of people they attracted. Shame the weather wasn't a little better - I'd not bothered with the gloves since it was in south London in May! Date of review: May 8, 2010