In short: Challenging and very hilly but ultimately very rewarding. In full: Absolutely loved every minute of this marathon (I think in the two days since doing it i've managed to blank out the memory of the hills at 18 and 25 miles!)The sense of achievement at the finish was better than getting my PB at London! Great organisation, brilliant support from Marshalls and people along the course and a decent goody bag at the end including an excellent Technical top and bottle of local ale! some were left feeling let down by the medal so maybe look at a better one for next time. I for one will definitely be doing it again. Date of review: June 26, 2012
In short: Ouch In full: I was a bit worried about this event, I knew it was the first time it had been organised and information was a bit slow in coming out. So slow in intact that I didn't know the route until race day, this was a shame as it put my wife off coming to spectate with my daughter and it would have been a good race for them to see me a few times on the course.
Having said the above on the day the event was really well organised, with regular water stations, mile markers and marshalls at every road junction directing the runners. The marshals were all friendly and offered plenty of support, especially the guy at the last junction about a mile from the end, I really needed to know that was the last hill!!
The goody bag was great with lots of stuff in it, all in a sainsbury bag ;-) the medal was unfortunately a bit naff, a cheap one from runners imp, please charge a couple of quid more next year and give out a better medal. I can't quite believe I am sugesting this as a true Yorkshire man but a red rose would be a nice medal and would tie in with the brewery start.
This was one of the toughest marathons I have ever done and it certainly gives the Great Langdale Marathon a run for its money as the toughest UK road race.
In short: tough marathon In full: the scenery was amazing,the weather was good and it was a very tough marathon.A big thank you to the lady who gave me a bottle of powerade halfway up the hill at mile 24,you were a life saver.Now that I know the route I would like to do it again.Well done to all the local support,marshals etc.As said great to get a bottle of stout in the goody bag and a first class t-shirt at the end. Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: Wow, tough but very satisfying! In full: I entered this race a while ago as it fit my schedule to do a marathon or half marathon every month this year. This was my third marathon this year and boy was it a toughie! My legs were aching in places I knew possible and whilst going up those hills (especially the beast at 18 miles) going down (especially at 19.5 miles) was even worse! Was amazed that there were only 193 finishers but then it was lonely at times out there. The feeling I got when I crossed the low key finish line was on par with the feeling I got when I got a PB in Brighton earlier this year - a real sense of achievement.
I will need some real mental strength to enter an event like this again, I suppose it is best to not know what hills are around the corner. Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: Beautiful, scenic race with massive, steep hills. Would definitely do again but not for beginners. In full: Fantastic race that was well put together for the first one of it's kind. Excellent support all around the course even when in the middle of nowhere! Mental hills at 18 and 24 miles so if you like a scenic challenge this is the one for you. Date of review: June 25, 2012
In full: The marshalls and volunteers were brilliant, plus all the other well-wishers who came to cheer. I would have appreciated having info about the course before booking,as this was my first marathon. I appreciate the course had to be changed but those hills were very tough for someone who hadn't done any hill training. I only saw the course gradient by clicking on a link from the Facebook page, no email info about it. Amazing scenery though and it was enjoyable. Agree with other comment about the start, it wasn't clear. Most traffic was ok but motorbikes in particular got very close. Would be good to have a better finish line, rather than the grass verge of a busy road too. Date of review: June 25, 2012