In full: a lovely scenic route with plenty of challenging hills.the second half of race was noticably harder in terms of undulations.brilliant for spectators with plenty of activities to do.decent goody bag but t-shirt would be nice to go with it.this may well be my favourite all time marathon so far,with only the snowdonia one being closest rival Date of review: September 7, 2013
In short: Brilliant friendly race In full: Really well organised, glorious scenery, friendly marshals and unending support from spectators around the course. This was my first marathon and yes the hills are challenging but don't let that put you off. They also add interest and help the miles fly by. I love this course and will be back next year. The 10 in 10ers are inspirational - respect!! Date of review: May 27, 2013
In short: Amazing! In full: Do it,those undulations are tough but the marshals (thank you to you all), and the very supportive general public, passers by, family and friends of other runners really helped me as I had a really tough race. A tummy bug mistaken for nerves meant a slow time, but the wonderful atmosphere means I will be back next year to enjoy? it all again. Newbies, don't worry, just accept it for what it is, a great marathon. Date of review: May 27, 2013
In short: Truly special place In full: After my second 10in10 (and 22nd outing round the Lake) I kind of know the course pretty well now! It's certainly tough in parts, and the traffic can be hairy if you're not used to it, but it is a great race. My fastest day this year was only 11 minutes outside my new PB (on the much flatter Brighton course) so a fast time is not impossible.
I love Brathay and the marathon. It's certainly a race I'd recommend to anyone who fancies a bit of a challenge. Date of review: May 26, 2013
In short: everyone should do it! In full: Love this course, fantastic scenery and just the right amount of hills to be challenging but not a killer. Always well organised and great support from marshals and local people on course. Date of review: May 21, 2013
In short: Hard as heck, but the achievement, views & the finish are worth it (promise) In full: Ok, this was my first marathon & yes I under estimated the challenge (I grew up in Norfolk & live in what I can confirm is flat cambridgeshire) The hill at 7 miles is evil, but if you push up it, it's over soon enough, ice cream hill at 20 miles came on me before I realised & fortunately that meant it was also over soon enough. DO NOT misunderstand me, those hills are nasty, but you're running in the Lakes, shocker! After 20 miles its not too bad (but see the end), the rest is rolling hills +/- 20-30 meters & their not too bad but they are relentless.
For me (I work in k's) k's 23-25 were the ones that finished my 3:30 challenge, those hills do not get the credit they deserve, think they lull you in and mentally kick you, with four crests and then more hill ahead
However, the crowds were relentless, the support fantastic even on the most remote spot, they biked there and clapped all day long (& had sweets awesome!)
The finish was awesome, but watch out for the bridge over the river & the one last hill up the drive I could have cried, why, why, why would you do that ;o)
If you want to say you've done one of the toughest most beautiful marathons this is for you, but if you like pain do the ten in ten that group are inspiring & amazing, one day...
Yes I will do this again, but a flat next (I hurt and am reviewing remembering every step and dreaming about the hills & views, IT IS WORTH IT, but train, train, train Date of review: May 21, 2013