In short: Hard course, superb organisation, great welcome. In full: My 5th marathon this year and the most enjoyable, in spite of the time of year and the fact that you’ll be 15 minutes or so longer than your normal time for the distance. Everything was superbly organised- parking close to the event, clear registration, loads of toilets and warm, clean showers, drinks placed at your preferred stations, welcome foil wraps put around our shoulders at the finish, times on the board within minutes, free massage, huge delicious pasty. And not only were the marshals plentiful, helpful and friendly, but he local population all seemed to be outside their houses with plates of biscuits and warm encouragement. What an advert for Cornish hospitality And thanks for not giving us another T shirt that we won’t wear- we don’t need one from every race
In short: Superb race in glorious surroundings In full: One of the tougher road marathons in England, but the views are more than rewarding. Was pleased to have taken it steady enough throughout to pass lot of people and run the hills in the last few miles. It's a very clubby race with a fast field, but extremely friendly, and the organisation was faultless. Well done East Cornwall Harriers, I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: November 18, 2009
In short: One of the toughest road marathons in the UK! In full: Glorious weather and stunning scenery greeted us this year to make this a rewarding race. We were very fortunate that the stormy and wet weather that had hit this area on the Friday/Saturday had passed through or I may still be out there!
The organisers have laid on another great race today - brilliantly marshalled, accurate mile-markers, well stocked and enthusiatically manned feed-stations, good parking, and comfortable facilities (changing, showers, baggage and catering). Free tea/coffee and pasties at the finish.
The route needs to be respected as there are a number of tough hills in the first half (the one at 7-8 miles really knocked me out of my stride), along with those final sting in the tails at 23miles and 24/35 miles. To be fair, you were rewarded with a lovely flat and fast section from 13-20 miles which also coincided when the scenery was at it's most glorious.
This was my 4th consecutive Cornish Marathon, and although marginally my slowest, it was my most enjoyable. After a heavy racing schedule and one or two niggles, I ran slightly within my comfort zone which made a big difference in the state that I finished in and allowed me to run the entire course (including those late hills) for the first time. Sometimes, it makes more sense to slow down a little and look around, rather than pushing yourself to the brink and miss so much.
If you prefer a low key rather than frenetic big-city event, you will be a wise person to choose this one.
Thanks to all involved and see you next year. Date of review: November 17, 2009
In short: my toughest marathon yet !! In full: this was my 60th marathon and my 31st different one. in my view this was very very tough and although my time of 4-10 is in my bottom 3 I consider it a real achievement that I ran all the way round and did not walk at all. thank god the weather was kind to us I dread to think how this route would be in bad weather !! the race was very well marshalled and the pockets of support were very welcome. I have to say the people involved on the day were extremely friendly and welcoming. special thanks to the wonderful lady in the race hq who made me and my mate a cup of coffee pre-race on the house, very grateful we were. also, the cheese/onion pasty at the end was most welcome. this race was well worth our journey from the midlands and if you like tough races go for it-you wont be disappointed !! to close, thanks to all who made us feel so welcome. cheers
In short: the reward is to complete a hard hilly race In full: Thanks to East Cornwall for a well marshalled friendly race. Every Cornish runner should do it once just to get this one on the CV. Date of review: November 18, 2008
In short: A testing but very memorable marathon In full: Great to have been here to run the 25th anniversary marathon. Weather was alot better than last year but the wind was still a bit strong in places - as ideal as it can get for the time of year.
Despite the better conditions, I struggled more this year mainly due to loss of fitness (explained by lack of training and preparation). This has some tough hills in places - that one around 9-10 miles (from my recollection), and the latter climbs at 22-23 miles and 25 miles. Even though there's the downhill stretch from Jamaica Inn, the damage was already done.
Friendly, low-key, well organised and marshaled event, and barren but scenic course to distract you from the hills.