In short: Well Organised and wonderful atmosphere In full: I had not run a marathon for 30 years and decided that 2013 was going to be my second. In addition I had never been to Jersey and therefore the opportunity for both was the driver to tackle this one. 16 weeks of training however was nearly wrecked by a calf strain in the latter part of week 15 but with two sessions of physio and strapping for the event I was all set to go. A downside to the race, if there is such a thing is that you have to register on Jersey as the number and chip are not sent out. When initially booking ferries and hotel I had not realised that and almost missed the opportunity to register and ended up having to alter the outgoing ferry and booking another night in the hotel. Having arrived on the Friday afternoon I went to register at the marathon village. I arrived early but the really nice people at registration gave me my envelope before the due time - thanks for that. Now the envelope basically contained my number and a chip, most organisations now send these out to runners and perhaps the organisers could consider that for the future. The pasta party was a good opportunity to carb up but also to meet other runners and to realise that they too have the same degree of trepidation you do. The food was good though the servers did not seem to understand what was expected of them and the owner/ manager of the catering had to continually tell them. The day of the race and a short walk from the hotel to the start for me. The race takes the runners through the town of St Hellier and then out into the country before returning along the seafront. At 1.5 miles unfortunately my calf started to cramp up and caused a lot of pain but I had come to Jersey to run and I was determined to finish, though my hope of 3.50 hours was dashed. The first four miles are fairly flat but then you are taken up fairly steeply and a lot of the runners who had dashed off found the climb difficult. Once at the top though there is slight undulation but mainly flat. All along, even in the smaller hamlets there was amazing support and brilliant marshalls. The run takes the runner around the airport and then almost to the 'Lands End' of Jersey before heading back. From mile 21 for about two miles there is a wonderful downward stretch, again steep but gives the opportunity of regaining a bit of speed. At the base of the hill is the seafront and then a few miles to the end still with brilliant support and as you approach the finish the road and the run in are crammed with people willing you on. At the finish there is an area for runners to collapse and also obtain water before moving into the tent to collect your tee shirt, goody bag and medal. There are about twelve water stations on route and some have the choice of poweraid as an alternative. Personally I didn't like having the marathon relay running at the same time but only because after change over 2 for the relay I was being overtaken on a regular basis by relay runners which I found off putting. The calf? I made it to the end in 4.17.12, disappointed but at the same time pleased that I had achieved my goal despite the constant pain. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Loved it In full: I have done several marathons, and this one is my favourite for the route and scenery. The organisational and marshalling was fab and the route was stunning, with great villages, gentle hills and a fab finish along the sea front back into town (I didn't even mind the head wind). A great marathon to do. Date of review: October 16, 2012
In short: brilliant In full: first marathon in over 5yrs and enjoyed ever minute (well nearly). Glad to see previous comment about headwind - thought it was just me :-). One for your diary folks!! Date of review: October 10, 2012
In short: Well organised, friendly, great atmosphere, picturesque scenery In full: Thank you to all involved - the race was so friendly and well organised, with fantastic local support. Plenty of water stations & energy drinks too if you want them, and handy that the water is in bottles. Easterly headwind for the last 4 miles was taxing, more so than the gradual climb up Waterworks Valley. Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: loved it despite it being a personal disaster In full: Trained hard for this. Flew out on the Saturday from Birmingham and stayed in ST Hellier. Went to the pasta party(small plates) and had two dinners. The marathon was interesting. I new I was injured but my left calf tore at 0.8 miles. It was strapped up but I wanted the medal.The climb up past the fishing lakes is lovely. The course heads left and off to the airport. A few twists and turns then a nice run in the shade to StAubins then 4 miles of, er , hell. I actually loved the course although its a bit wonky in places. Went to Aquasplash and did all the chutes, wave pool etc. McDonalds and flew back that afternoon. Had a brilliant time and would recommend it to anyone. Best thing is I think the course is a tad short. Date of review: October 8, 2011
In short: I got a course record!!!!! In full: .....sadly not for the fastest running time, but for the slowest time that the course has been run in. But still chuffed that I got a record; and that I finished!!!
Great support from both locals and the marshals: especially the two sweepers on the bike who were very patient whilst having to continually stop and wait for me; the 2 marshals who filled up my bladder bag; the marshal who had brought along bananas as emergency food, as no food was supplied, and the police man who followed me on a scooter for the last 5 miles when all the other marshals were pulled from the race and was very encouraging even when I kept stopping to walk along the promenade - and all the people at the finish who encouraged me over the finishing line - including one of the finishers who came over to shake my hand - much appreciated.
I loved the relay teams starting 30 mins after the main race: it was great having all those encouraging comments as they went past, and then the hoots from their cars as after they had finished and were making their way back, were still encouraging me on. It all helped!!!!
Finally a big thank you to my husband, who despite finishing the marathon way before me, came back along the course, to encourage me along the last mile to the finish. Date of review: October 4, 2011