In short: Perfect Size In full: Had enough runners to bring out plenty of supporters but few enough that there was never any traffic and a really good friendly atmosphere, hence great for newbies. The hills were all short and very runnable (unless you go out way too fast and crumble in the last four miles, mentioning no names) still 8 minute p.b. for me so don't let them put you off. Overall great day and will become a regular for me Date of review: May 7, 2014
In short: Hot and undulating run In full: Tough run with lots of up and down in unexpected warm sunshine. Found it hard going on the back of a good race at stratty. However, not according to my garmin 620 which credited me with six new records including a 31 mile marathon and a 1.37 mile( watch out mo and jason ) sadly my new found speed was not due just going for it in the second half. I'm convinced last mile was suspiciously long. All in all a very good marathon,well organised,easy parking and nice medal and my home town. Date of review: May 4, 2014
In short: FABULOUS! Organisers really look after individuals, and care. Great race. In full: I had a great day, great atmosphere, good people, excellent venue and course. The organisers were really keen to look after everyone and really helped make the day work for me.
They had a minute's clapping at the beginning for a missing comrade, which for me summed this race up. It was run for runners by runners, and I would definitely do it again. Date of review: April 17, 2013
In short: Well organised but no medal In full: Good Points Nice to be able to park free at the stadium. Drinks stations well manned. Water in bottles, much better than trying to drink from a cup whilst running. Well marshalled. Just had to ask which way to go at last turn.
Could do better A medal - After I've run 26.2 miles it's rewarding to get a medal and my family like to see them. Also the medals are a reminder of the races I've done. New Forest Heartbreaker was the same price and they gave medals. Food - Banana or a cereal bar.
Potential improvements Consider taking some of the route into the city. 26.2 miles of country lanes wasn't very interesting. Investigate finishing in the stadium. Reading Half Marathon finishes in the football stadium and it makes the event more special for the runners ans spectators. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Scenic course on quiet country roads. In full: Well organised, cheerful and kind marshals, lots of jelly babies at the drink stations. Would have preferred a medal to a shirt. Most enjoyable race, great venue. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: A big city - but not a big city race In full: Good facilities at Worcester Rugby Club so no problems with parking and toilets. Interesting beginning, ten minutes late, with the start 'gate' being inflated just before we set off. Crowds around the course very thin but then it is a rural course with small hamlets along the route. Drinks stations were really good and well marshaled. Biggest disappointment though was the finish. Not much cheering, very very quiet and many runners didn't even realise there was a table with t-shirts hidden around a corner. No food to scoff such as banana or cereal bar - just a greasy spoon wagon selling burgers and bacon baps for £4. After an athletic event? Come on please do better than that. No medal in't acceptable I'm afraid. Yes I know we just chuck them in the draw at home but part of the day is wearing it and coming home to show off a medal. Probably the worst moment was the winner of the marathon. I stayed to watch him come in and the organisers hardly noticed him! I felt very sorry for the lad. No tape was ready and the commentator missed him completely; more interested in telling us some minutes later when he found out who he was that he had been beaten by him in a recent race! What?! Sharpen up your act chaps. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Inoffensive, dullish but worthwhile In full: Good - Well marshalled Water in bottles Lots of car-parking Technical tee-shirt Challenging, but not 'over-the-top' fully on tarmac and not many problems with cars course.
Not so good- More toilets needed at hq No changing facilities Would be nice to have specific full-marathon tee-shirt rather than a joint half/full one -I want people to KNOW I did the 26! Out in the sticks, rather than in grand Worcester itself More 'stuff' at water stations....there was energy drink in cups but nothing else A banana, a bun...whatever...with the bottle of water would have been nice
Other stuff- No medal - I don't mind, many will No goody-bag - matter of taste
Ok on the whole, certainly better than the first year
In short: Great - but sad to have no medal after all the wind and hills! In full: The organisers deserve a medal for listening to lots of the suggestions/criticism from last year and making excellent adjustments. Start much better; no mile markers missing; end much smoother; better variety at pit stops; parking smooth. Not their fault it was so windy! But PLEASE CAN WE HAVE MEDALS! They needn't cost a fortune but so many of us runners love something hanging round our necks to mark our achievement, especially on a day like today when the weather made is hard going at times. Why not a cheap and cheerful medal AND a T-Shirt? A small local 10K near where I live manages that? Many thanks to organisers and marshalls - I thought you all did a splendid job. Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: Not everyone likes medals but a full marathon with no medal; get a grip In full: Well organised, undulating country lane course though lacks a bit of occasion or sufficient landmarks to turn it into a big race. Friendly crowds in the villages but feel cheated not a get a medal or even a banana/ceral bar at the finish as I staggered over the line. Should've stated this on the website; would've entered Stratford instead Date of review: April 14, 2013