In short: One race everyone should enter. In full: The summary says it all, you have to give this race a go. It has everything, wonderful organisation, friendly people, the wonderful views of lakeland, closed roads and the inspirational 10-in-10ers.
My only tip to the first timers (as I was in 2011) is listen to the other posters/training guides and hold something back for the final inclines. I got carried away at halfway and at mile 20 I was reduced to a shuffling obstacle to the other runners!! Steer clear of the pitfalls and this will be the perfect race. Date of review: January 3, 2012
In short: Amazingly beautiful run, not for the faint-hearted! In full: For my first marathon, it was exactly what I wanted. I've done long runs before, so I didn't want a flat easy course, I wanted a challenge, and the hills certainly were that! Like I said above, it's not for the faint-hearted, so if you're looking at a first time marathon, and want to ease yourself into them, this is not for you. However, the scenery and views, especially over the hill just after mile 16, make this a must-run for anybody physically able. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Brings new meaning to hilly! In full: Fantastic marathon that was superbly organised but it was my first marathon in over 8 years, and I only started running again in January so challenging was an understatement. But it was fantastic and I feel I may now be addicted to Kendal mint cake!!
The 10 in 10ers was amazing and an inspiration.... maybe one day! Date of review: May 27, 2011
In full: one of the toughest ,most beautiful , best organised races you could do . One look at the scenery even at the most painful moments pulls you through ! Thank you brathay - see you next year for a fourth attempt at sub 3.15 !! Date of review: May 27, 2011
In short: Wonder-mere!! In full: I knew I'd fall in love with this event. I could see from the YouTube video's how well organised and personal the event seemed. I was under no illusions it was going to be tough though.
It was everything and more than I expected! 100% organisation, can't fault anything at all. The crowds were very uplifting especially the one's in the village pubs and at popular places like Newby Bridge. Even the Cumbria Police were cheering us on!
The hills really do wear you down; I thought I got my tactics right but didn't. My advice to myself and to anyone is to "hang back" till after the hill on 21 then see what you have left. It's the 2nd worst hill on the course but not too bad thereafter. I burned out by 21 and ran on nothing for over 5 miles. Shown my determination and character though.
I made a weekend of it too so had a fabulous time in Ambleside / Waterhead taking in pasta and the local scenery. Also; do alot of general and hill training and expect the worst (from the course) and you'll be fine. The rest of it will be taken care of for you :)
I also as an added bonus met the legendary Steve Edwards while I was there too and he gave great advice, a true genetleman.
Couldn't wish for any more, I'm sure I'll be be back next year. If not then defo very soon.
Well done Brathay!!! :) Date of review: May 26, 2011
In short: beautiful, best organised, great atmosphere - best in the country In full: Everything about this race is fabulous. A location from heaven, wonderful course if tough in places, so much fun and happiness round the route, encouraging marshalls, loads to do and see at Brathay - an all in a great cause to help Brathay in its work with disadvantaged young people. Date of review: May 26, 2011