In short: If you're going for a PB, steer clear of this one In full: Even if it hadn't been 30° with no cloud cover and little-to-no shade, the hills definitely would have been enough to put me off entering this race again.
If people tell you it's "undulating", they're being kind (or cruel, depending on how you look at it). It's hilly. Practically mountainous in places. End of. I would recommend doing as much hill training as is humanly possible in preparation for this, you can't do too much, trust me.
Don't get me wrong, the race itself is incredibly well organised (water stops every 3 miles with gels, re-hydration drinks, sweets and banana) but the course is just so hilly! You could be forgiven for saying "well, it's in Wales, what did you expect?" but honestly, it was brutal!
But, if you want a challenge, this is the race for you. Also, the views are nothing short of breath taking (although that might have been the hills too...) Date of review: July 23, 2013
In short: Great race with excellent support In full: This was my first marathon I really enjoyed, it was a challenge, the heat definitely made it harder. I would advise to hill train as a fair few hills. The finish was epic, managed a sprint finish!
The support was a amazing, kept me motivated. Date of review: July 18, 2013
In short: hilly run, very good finish area and atmosphere. In full: on a very warm day this was always going to be hard run (I did the marathon). But there was plenty of water on the coures,and the locals were brilleant with there hose pipes and suport.there were meny marshals on root and they were very helpfull.The finish area was very specal you felt like you had won the race when you finished (I am a middle of the pack runner).WELL done tenby and all involved. Date of review: July 16, 2013
In short: Could do better. In full: Very hot day and many hills. Advertised as having a goodie bag, tee shirt and medal, but only a below par medal. The hot weather was forecast, so more water stations could have been in place, however the staff at the water stations were very good also most of the marshalls, however at some points the marshalls were busy talking to each other rather than helping runners. Not a run for beginners but more experienced runners might want to give it a go. Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: hard marathon with rubbish medal at end In full: marshalls/helpers on course were fantastic, except that they did not allow people to take bottles of water, which in the heat was a bit silly. Saw a few people needing ambulance help. Don't want to sound materialistic but after marathon all you get is medal which is part of the long course weekend group of medals, so it is not a stand alone event. No goodie bags/t-shirts etc.. just a silly medal Date of review: July 15, 2013
In full: I did this as my first full marathon, and it was an absolute killer. Hell of a challenge though, so I'll be back to do it again for sure! One point I remember is that water stops did not seem to be overly regular, and the mile markers could have been a little more regular, as in every mile perhaps... Date of review: May 2, 2013
In short: Hills! In full: I did the half again this year after having to pull out from the full distance late on. I suppose Im biased as I only live a mile from the course so in many ways it my "home" race. A lot of the niggles on last year seem to have been corrected and the half felt more like an event in it's own right rather than tacked onto the full which was good. The start was a bit farcical- didn't even really know we'd started the race. It narrowed very quickly and this caused a few problems as a lot of the slower runners seemed to be at the front. After that though brilliant scenery, especially the leg down into Manorbier. For the next 3-4 miles some pretty steep hills but then it's on into Tenby. Can't fault the finishing straight either and again much much better than last year as they took out the odd dog leg. All in all a good race. The organisers seem to listen and it's getting better each year as a result. Would definitely recommend it. p.s. great to finally find out who the bloke in the mankini was! Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Scenic race, great atmosphere and a few hills! In full: Full road marathon on closed roads. Organistation flawless. Large numbers of marshalls and crowds at towns who were all (without exception) cheerfull and enthusiastic. Views fantastic. No chance of PB unless you are an Olympian at hills. However, this is in my view the best UK marathon as a complete package. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Awesome race - Loved it and will be back In full: Excellent race with a party atmosphere. Highlights were the red carpet finish with the enthusiastic crowds lining the sides, the glorious bays and scenery and the support from the half marathon runners and crowd while passing through Pembroke. The only small whinge was no toilet facilities anywhere on the course and only 1 at the start at the bag drop area. This is overall one of my favorite races though and I'll definitely be back again. Thanks and well done to the organisers and the exceptionally cheerful and efficient marshals and crew who gave their time to make a wonderful event Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Good in weater conditions - would have been very difficult in wet In full: I did this in a mankini for charity (yep, that was me!), and first time I had done this one. Good start and finish, with great Tenby and Pembroke crowds, and regular water stops. But I'd echo previous poster on a couple of points - gels seemed to be only at one stop, rather than at several ones, as advertised. Mile makers also seemed to disappear mid race, and come back towards the end - not good. I wasn't measuring progress by them, but if you were, it would have been very irritating.
I expected a hilly course - that was fine. But to have a huge hill coming into Tenby, on the last stretch of the last mile - organisers, what were you thinking? You can't exactly finish with a flourish. I'd also say roads were MOSTLY closed off - though to be fair, it was clear that some drivers were simply, and stupidly, ignoring the instructions of certain roads to be closed on the route. That wasn't the organisers' fault.
Timing this race in June I think is important -course would have been pretty miserable in wet and windy conditions, and it becomes rural very quickly, with little people for long stretches. If it's placed in winter for any reason, I probably wouldn't do it, but for a summer's day, very enjoyable.
Overall, liked this race a lot, and was fun to get some seaside chips and a pint by the seaside afterward! May well do this race again. Date of review: June 11, 2012