In short: Challenging but rewarding with a lovely mix of people In full: A very hilly course through lovely part of Wales. Well organised and a very friendly crowd of a mix of runners from all levels - not just serious ones as we thought there might be. Many people were happy to walk the hills which gave you nice time to chat. Suggest going at a steady pace to cope with the hills, especially at the end.. ! Add about an hour to normal marathom time. Date of review: September 6, 2013
In short: Brutal as a 1st full marathon - but feel rewarded now. In full: In retrospect I would have preferred to try the distance elsewhere before I tackled this but I'm pleased to have done it now. The scenery was amazing, it was well marshalled, I panicked about the water stops only being roughly 6 miles apart but they were really stocked and gave a very good mix of options. Excellent organisation and despite initially thinking I never wanted to visit Coed Ye Brenin again I'm already looking forward to signing up for next year's event ! Date of review: June 25, 2013
In short: A must do race for anyone. Seriously, just get out there and do it. In full: An event superbly managed by Matt and his team. You want value for money, momentos, scenery, challenges, camaraderie and a sense of achievement, then just do this and see how an event should be and what you can get out of it and yourself.
This event will grow and grow, I'm glad to have done both so far and as long as I can run, will return again and again. Superb.
In short: Fete fell run atmosphere with world marathon major slickness In full: How can such a friendly event have such a cruel course? This run had all the good humour and camaraderie of a low key fell run, but with the slick organisation and impressive finishing touches of a world major. From beginning to end this race is very professionally organized. Information and updates are thorough enough to make sure that nothing goes wrong on the day. Registration was slick but low key (no annoying expo and you can reg on day) and included a decent pasta / pizza offer for runners. The race itself was extremely well organized, very well marshaled, clearly signed (hard with two simultaneous races) and the brutality of the course was rewarded with the some of the best scenery I have seen in a race. The good humour of the marshals (one said, “Don’t worry, it ends. Eventually…”) carries you along, the food stations are fantastic – well overstocked with water, isotonic drinks, Torq energy gels (I’d eat the rhubarb and custard flavour as a snack!), 9 Bar, flapjacks, cut and peeled banana portions… for me it was a buffet and a much needed rest, but faster runners could snatch a snack and carry on running. Where there were no marshals, runners provided each other with plenty of support and gallows humour. This was a major lift every time my lungs swapped places with my earlobes. I did spot a few energy gel wrappers and bottles that were discarded away from the deeding stations. If you enter this race, make a point of shoving the wrappers down your shorts or something. Goody bags don’t draw me to races (and are normally full of tat) so I never bother commenting on them – this race is an exception. Nice tee (not and advertising board), coaster, energy bars, Salomon trail running socks, Outdoor Fitness mag, decent race branded waterbottle, the bag itself is one of those cotton re-usable ones (also race branded).
Da iawn & diolch yn fawr to all organisers and volunteers, this is a classic race and I highly recommend it. I don't know if this race wants to grow, but if it wanted to, it would be exponential, and deservedly so. Now, anyone got the number for Stannah Stairlifts?
In short: Fantastic race, friendly people, great location, challenging but a real feel good factor. In full: Tough race, very hilly but in a strange way very satisfying. A great challenge. Organisation was superb, plenty of water/fuel stations and course clearly marked. Lots of marshalls also. I would definitely do the race again. Everyone very friendly which helped distract from my tired legs especially at mile 21. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: June 29, 2012