In short: Too many vehicles en route. In full: Not an overly cheap entry fee but a lovely stadium finish and excellent post race facilities for the runners. In places, the scenery and views were just fantastic-with enthusiastic crowd support too. My only gripe really was thought a lot of the run was in the close company of traffic (in particular the last few miles) and although the drivers were considerate it is not ideal. Well done to everyone involved but adding up the entry fee, cost of flights and the hotel bill it was not a cheap weekend away. Date of review: August 31, 2012
In short: Loved this race! In full: The organisation was great and everyone involved was so so friendly. Thanks to you all. The scenery was fantastic - narrow wooded roads, rolling open fields, coastline, hills, picturesque villages, it had it all. After all of the, ahem, 'undulations' in the first half of the race, a victory (well nearly - definitely top 200 anyway!) lap of the track at the Foote's Lane stadium to finish topped it off nicely. As it was quite a small field, I ran much of the race alone and really enjoyed the experience, but the support from locals and tourists alike when you arrived in the more populated areas felt really personal and was truly uplifting. Nice medal, great technical t-shirt, decent goody bag and a pub practically on the finishing line. What more could you want? Date of review: August 29, 2012
In short: The kind of race I like... In full: Would now consider this my 'local' marathon, despite a lengthy journey away. Despite the foreboding hills at the start and building weather (heat + wind) it is an out-and-back course so natural PB potential. Pure beginners would be spooked a bit by the lack of wall-to-wall crowd and there were some points where I felt "do I just head straight on?" but great race, the locals and tourists alike were very supportive. Oh, and I broke my Edinburgh PB by more than 2.5 minutes! Peter deserves many congratulations! Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: Amazing coastal scenery - In full: It was too hot for me. The wind was very kind. Met some amazing runners, everyone was very friendly and welcoming, many thanks to Peter the race director and his teams they all went that extra mile to put on a great show for all the runners. The marathon is a great way to tour the island.
The medal, post race massage, pasta party, spectators, marshals, other runners, food & bar, goody bag, stadium finish, personable race director, helpers - all put a great big smile on my face. I'm really clutching at straws to find a negative - no ground cover for baggage storage area as grass was wet. Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: Very good event, beautiful views, some hills and stadium finish! In full: I really enjoyed this one. Not many runners (160 or so I guess). Well organised. Great medal and t-shirt. Loads of fruit and drink at finish. Pub at finish line. Sprint finish around a 400 metre track at a (small) stadium.
First 6 or so miles are inland, picturesque and pretty lumpy. Then once you get to the western beaches you get some wonderful coastline, really nice. All this is pretty flat so you can get some speed going (wind was kind). Quite a few water stations (could have been more). Downside was the congested roads near the end (this event is too small for road closures) so you had to weave around often unsympathetic motorists.
Crowd support was excellent in the more built-up places but there was a lot of solitary running - but no issues with crowding ruining your pacing.
I would definitely recommend this one. Guernsey is beautiful and this is a well-organised event. Finish at the stadium was excellent. So was the pint. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Magnificent race! In full: I decided to run this race at very short notice (i.e. abotu 10 days beforehand!) which may explain the steep entry fee. Otherwise, this was a very well organised very well routed run. Start/finish from a well-supported track stadium with chip & pin timing, cheerful local crowds along much of the route which was generally well marshalled. Bit sparse of marshalls and water in the later reaches (didn't see anyone from about 18 to 22 miles and missed a water station completely!) but nothing to worry about. Very good t-shirt and medal, nice goody bag and a pub at the finish line was well-suited too! Particulart thanks to Peter whom I woke at 10pm the night before with a registration query - and he still let me run, wahoo! BTW. 24 minutes better than last year's PB at Palma, so those rolling hills didn't count for anything! Date of review: August 30, 2011
In short: Great scenery In full: The scenery was fantastic. The first few miles were very undulating, later on it was still undulating but less so. The costal breeze was nice, but there were times when it was hard work running into strong gusts. The mile markers went 'backwards' (i.e. started from '26 miles to go' and went down) which threw me a bit.
Well organised event.
As it was a small field, it did feel like a training run at times. The support from the locals, marshalls and police was great. :) Date of review: September 4, 2010
In short: Wonderful scenery to make the time fly by and lovely people cheering you on. Easy for spectators to watch you at several points in the race. In full: We had perfect weather in 2010 - dry, but overcast. The sun came out about 3hours in to the race, but wasn't too hot.
The majority of the race was run along the coastal roads, which were stunningly beautiful. They were also a little windy, making for more effort required. There were a few hills, but nothing too horrendous if you've done some hill training.
All in all a really enjoyable and great race. Date of review: September 1, 2010
In short: Small race with a big race feel In full: With only about 210 runners running the full marathon race this is not the race for you if you want to run in a crowd. Saying that being smaller made it feel much more personal with great support when you came across the locals and the marshals. Fantastic course with fabulous scenery giving you the chance to see the whole island. Great finish in the stadium with announcers and the crowd cheering you all the way to the finish line. Goodie bag even included a pint of local milk which i have to say is a first. Some friends watching in the stadium stated what a great atmosphere it was waiting for the runners to come in. Big thanks to all involved. Well worth the trip over. Date of review: August 31, 2009