In full: My first marathon and really enjoyed my day. Flat course and a couple of bottlenecks so a PB unlikely if you are worried about times. I found some muddy sections a bit difficult and hated the shingle beach (although it was very short) but can't say I wasn't warned! Really friendly atmosphere. Stayed in the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel which was very nice - Just yards from the start/finish which made the event all the more enjoyable as no travel on the day. Was planned as my first and my only Marathon as who needs to keep putting themselves through all that training. Something tells me I will be there again this year though!
In short: Relaxed but interesting race, good year end challenge In full: Liked the casual approach to this one, the start following the piper then start when you like once the timer mats reached. Ok not great for PBs as some pinch points early on but great fuel and water stops, friendly and enthusiastic support and gave a warm glow. Date of review: December 23, 2014
In full: Echo the thoughts about too many runners for the course - I was happy with the bottle necks as I liked the "rest" (first marathon for a long while and I hadnt trained enough) but if I had been trying for a time it wouldnt be good, liked the mixed terrain and that it is oh so flat!- great water stops well stocked & never had to wait (running c4:15-4:30time) amazing good pre pace communications - we were told how the start would happen but clearly a lot of runners didnt read what they were sent & I heard a few rumbles but it felt Wrong. Not entirely sure the mile markers were all accurate but then it could have been my GPS. Good support at the end for those who needed it All round good experience Date of review: December 22, 2014
In short: Great organisation. In full: Pre race emails clearly highlighted the perils that awaited the runners!! Maybe too many runners for the course? Well marshalled and not too muddy. Shingle is tough for a non-trail runner like me. Managed a decent time in the end, but maybe congested behind
Might not run it again, only because I prefer pure road races, but gave it a go
In short: Flat and cheerful In full: This was my first marathon. I would get there earlier next time as it was super-busy at registration. Some parts were not scenic but the rest, running next to the sea and off road, were beautiful. The organisation was impeccable. There were plenty of water stations where there was a choice of water, energy drinks or gels and loads of 'pick-me-ups' including an endless supply of jelly beans. It was really well marshalled and plenty of help at hand for those who got in a pickle. I would do it again. Date of review: December 21, 2014
In short: Nice end of year race but too many runners for the course In full: I've done this for all five years the event has been on and its now a victim of its own success as the course simply has too many runners on it. I reckon I was held up for maybe 15 minutes at a bunch of bottle necks as too many runners on single track caused hold ups time and time again... probably fine if you're running 3:00 or 6:00 but for mid pack runners its basically just a training run as impossible to gain any kind of rhythm and the set up for 1500 runners the same as it was in 2010 for 300 odd. Aid stations too busy despite the best efforts of the very friendly and encouraging marshalls. The redeeming feature is the fact you get to see everyone on the out and back course but really not one of my favourite events at all I am afraid... Date of review: December 21, 2014
In short: my first half marathon race, great atmosphere In full: as my first race i was a little nervous about this, i set off like a rabbit at the front and quickly realized that i had got carried away by the atmosphere - ended up finishing in 1h39m which was ok considering this schoolboy error Date of review: July 21, 2014
In short: A well-run event, with generous goody-bag, excellent medal and a nice course. In full: The organisers had a few challenges due to storm damage on/near the sea-front but the race went ahead due to some good contingency planning. I enjoyed the run, saw plenty of sea-front and crashing waves (me being a land-lubber!). It was a very windy day but then the whole winter has been like that so we should be used to it by now! A great medal and very generous goody-bag topped the day for me. Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: Great race - despite the wind! In full: Loved this event, organisers did a great job in ensuring it went ahead after the storms and the loss of the use of the Pyrmaid Centre. Great course and without the wind has the potential to be quick. Well marshalled, well supported, well packed goody bag and an excellent medal - what's not to like?
As a slight aside my non-running g/f who came to watch said that this was the friendliest race she'd ever seen me at.
I really can't fault this event Date of review: February 24, 2014