In short: Good training run, well marshaled, nice route In full: This is a training run, time it yourself, staggered start etc, but once i tis going there are people at about your pace going your way so you can buddy up and chat as you go along. Organisation is fantastic, friendly marshalls, water and jelly babies. Only down sode is the wet towpath for the first 3 miles and last mile. Date of review: March 4, 2011
In short: Great training run, well organised and well worth it! In full: Really good training run. The route is interesting and quite varied with the canal path, ashridge park and a few cheeky hills. Very good for beginners, I wish I had know about it for my first marathon. Lovely bunch of people and really well organised. Date of review: March 3, 2011
In short: Great once I pulled myself together.... In full: The muddy, uneven start along the canal was quite annoying, especially for a runner who is used to mainly road running conditions. After a little hissy fit in my head of "why am I risking turning my ankle? Maybe I should turn back?" I then pulled myself together and got on with the task in hand. Glad I got there early so I had time to queue for the toilet and not miss the start. Lots and lots of cakes on offer at the end and wonderful jelly babies at 15miles! I think I would have enjoyed this more without the mud, but great training for the marathon! Date of review: February 28, 2011
In full: thanks to all the marshalls that stayed out in the rain for those of us not so fast. tough run but the marshalls were encouraging. free drinks & cake at the end, nice touch. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: All brilliant - value, course, marshalls, cakes! In full: Ideal VLM training run. Bargain at £5, brilliant friendly marshalls, water stations, mile-markers, yes there are hills but London will be easy by comparison, jelly babies and cakes fantastic! Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Brilliant run In full: As a first time marathon runner this was a challenge. Everybody was so friendly and the marshals did a great job. Great scenery, tough hills but great training for London. Thank you Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Muddy, Hills, Deers, Jelly Babies and Cake In full: I loved this run. Ok it is not a PB course, there are no timing chips, no massive crowds, no goody bag, no medal. It is a training run. After a slow canal start, it was straight into the country side for an undulating run. The number of hills on the course made you pop outside of your comfort zone for a while. This was great as it pushed you physically and mentally, and in the back of your mind you know London or Brighton marathon courses are not this hilly!
At times it was hard running on the open roads, with cars and bikes, but the marshals ensured the course was safe, and the traffic waited for runners.
If you are training for either London or Brighton marathon’s these runs are a great addition to your training plan.
In short: Great London Marathon training run In full: A friendly, well marshalled, scenic run with loads of cakes, cookies and tea at the end!
Hilly (but not massively so) which makes it a good training run, good weather conditions this year - sunny at the start but cool enough and a light drizzle at the end (which turned heavier for slower runners unfortunately).
I will definitely be doing the 20 miler in a few weeks time (I only wish it was 22 miles but the hills make up for it a bit). Date of review: February 27, 2011