In short: Not a bad course for two laps of a half-marathon circuit. Big, big issue for me was the water stops: not enough, and impracticle 'cups' meant I couldn't take in enough water while running over the course of the race. Ended very dehydrated. Date of review: November 9, 2005
In short: Hot!! Move the start time to 0900!! In full: Overall I thought the marathon was pretty well organised. Plenty of water stations and marshalls. However, the start was a little chaotic - could do with a wider start, and segregation according to anticipated finish times.
Quite a scenic course - the hills tested, rather than overawed! The Greenway is long, flat and straight, especially on the second lap with the wind against. However I quite liked the course.
The main recommendation would be to move the start time to, say, 0900. It was really too hot to start at 1300. Date of review: May 10, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere at start and finish - the price of a 1pm start? In full: A brilliant crowd for start and finish, and some good support throughout - even for the slower runners like me. Found it hard work in the sun though, and would have liked energy drinks. Going against popular opinion I liked the Greenway - made a pleasant change of environment without cars. Date of review: May 1, 2005
In short: Pleasant race, too many enteries In full: Terrible start time, 1pm, need energy drinks on route, and stop the cars, it would enhance the race. Probably too many enteries, but enjoyed the experience. Date of review: April 28, 2005
In short: 1pm start still - they just dont listen! Same medal as 4 years ago, and same medal for 1/2 as full, which doesn't seem fair. No energy drinks. Friendly. Flat last 10 miles. Parking £7.50! We aren't spoilt for marathons, I'll do it again anyway. Date of review: April 28, 2005
In short: Good course and well organised except too many runners. In full: Quite expensive but just about acceptable. I would like to see less runners or the roads closed during the race. The start is also a bit crowded and at times there is almost a danger of getting injured. Would be good if they could put up zones for expected times to help avoid this. Date of review: April 28, 2005