In short: Wow, what a course to run a marathon on, hard and beautiful. In full: This was my second of these events and my second marathon. The organisation is superb and the chip system faultless and gives instant feedback. The course was mainly offroad and well marked, going through an incredible variety of terrain.It was also over distance, but hey whats a few miles when the views are so good. Mainly coastal paths, but also quiet lanes, woodland and grassy hills. A real sense of achievment and great to relax with a meal at the end. This series of coastal runs is strangely addictive and I will be back for more. Date of review: April 17, 2008
In short: More than just a half marathon In full: I ran the half marathon and found it a real challenge but ultimately very satisfying. Its certainly one of the hardest runs I've ever done and I will certainly be back for more. The pub was great as a start venue, the toilets were good and the food at the end was most welcome.
A couple of things I'd like to mention. Please don't call it a half marathon when its not. I didn't mind the fact that it was closer to 15.5 than 13.1 but I would have carried more energy gels if I'd known. Call it the Coastal Challenge or something.
The car park was an issue. I think its unfair to expect runners to walk up that very steep hill back to the car park after the race. I really struggled. You either need to move the car park or provide a shuttle service (bloke in a van) to ferry people up the hill at the end. I'd have happily paid for the privilege.
These are serious and I'm sure it will be bigger and better next year. I look forward to it. Date of review: April 14, 2008