In short: Great race. I can see why it is so popular. In full: I did the half and found it tougher than expected. The scenery is wonderful but I found the trail a bit monotonous after a while. I developed a side stitch at Mile 8 which I couldn't shift and which made the downhills really painful every time I put my right leg down. I considered doing a roly poly at one point, probably would have been faster! I will definitely be back next year as I know I can do much better on this PB course. Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: Professionally run event with local appeal and panoramic views to keep you motivated In full: With a steady and constant small incline to about 20 miles, don't be put off by the "white peak" title. The all trail course follows cycle and running friendly course which was once railway lines. So no dramatic hills to cover until some quad busting descents in the last 5 miles. Marshalling and water stations were well prepared as the marathon runners came through 2 hours after the main surge of the half marathon competitors had passed. Cow bells and great support at the finish guided weary legs across the line. Well done Matlock AC. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Brilliant first marathon In full: Loved this course, will definitely be back next year, when I will hopefully remember some electrolytes and avoid the cramp. Lovely scenery, great atmosphere and a free guided tour on the way tot he start. Brilliant. Date of review: May 29, 2011
In short: Loved it! In full: I did the half and absolutely loved it. The organisation was brilliant and I thought those steep downhills were great (even though I ached in places I didn't know I'd got the next day). Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 27, 2011
In short: Fantastic event, loveit! In full: This was my eighth consecutive since 2004. It is my kind of event, low key, old school, yes a bit tough but rewarding too. Great scenery, great organisation and a feel good factor about it that is missing from bigger events. Hope to be there again in '12. Date of review: May 26, 2011
In short: Delivered all it promised In full: The raace seemed a gradual uphill for the first 20 miles, made tough by a mean crosswind and occasional headwind. But the scenery and support made up for it, with spectators up on the trail and ample stations with water and juice. There was also the odd jelly baby but the container was on the table and in no ones hand! The descent at the end tested those with jelly legs-me!
Great value, bused to start with local coaches, where we had a history lesson en route! Brililant marshalls and well organised, woudl recomend it to someone who fancies a less busy race off road. No nasty drivers getting irate. Date of review: May 25, 2011
In short: Great run. In full: Thanks and well done to all concerned in organising this very enjoyable event. Even though there is a 21 mile long hill, it has PB potential as the hill is gently but steady. The last down hill was so long and steep my ears were popping due to the pressure change!
In short: Chaotic In full: Billed as the second largest marathon in the UK, the organisation was nowhere this standard. The whole event had the feeling of a much lower key race rather than the five star experience that the promotional activity seemed to promise. My main gripe was not the invisible mile markers, the goody bag, shirt, medal or arrangements at the finish. All of which were poor. My main problem was with the route itself. It was always clear that the route would be along the coast & not through the City of Edinburgh but it seemed like it had been completely rehashed. Wasn't the weird detour at around mile 20 supposed to be at around mile 16 and heading outwards? It seems the route changed at the last minute - hence the farcical scenes at the finish & the positioning of the stand? Would be interested to know if this was the case. I would, however, like to say a big thankyou to the locals for their support and to the volunteers who did their best in difficult circumstances. Despite the problems i will remember the race fondly.
In short: The Rolls-Royce of races. In full: This race has it all - A superb course, fresh air, magnificent scenery, a friendly atmosphere, meticulous organisation, and a nice memento and goody-bag at the finish. This year even the weather was perfect. A big thank you to Ian Milne, Randell Tassell and the rest of the team at Matlock AC for organising this very special event, and I look forward to taking part again next year. Date of review: May 23, 2011