In short: Over all good small, friendly race. In full: I was VERY disappointed not to recieve a medal which said MARATHON on it though! That means the 1ok and half marathoners got the same medal? argh!! I will have to get mine engraved on the back. I enjoyed the course. The marshalls were very supportive. I will defo go back next year. If, they do different medal! Date of review: October 6, 2009
In short: Very flat course with definite PB potential In full: Small field, flat course and well marshalled race meant that I achieved my sub 3:30 target. It had a very friendly atmosphere. Some of the organisation had an amateurish feel but I liked that - It felt like a runners race rather than a corporate event. I marked it down on value and organisation because of the lack of bottled drinks on the course. There were ample water stations but I personally can't drink from a cup while running. This is only my 2nd marathon. I did Nottingham last year. Comparing the two I preferred this, although looking at the ratings here Nottingham comes out well ahead. Each to their own - if you want a small friendly race for a PB I would recommend this. Date of review: September 19, 2009
In short: Distinctly average. In full: A nice enough run with good PB potential. Organisation needs improving across the board. Very little support on route can't be helped for smaller events, so don't expect crowds next year. Would have liked a 'marathon' T-shirt and medal rather than the combined ones for all three distances - 10k, half marathon & marathon. (More difficult though for lower profile races, I accept) Would also have liked a T-shirt with 'Inaugural' spelt correctly! (NOT 'inaugral'). I can't see myself ever wearing it as a result. At least this won't be a problem next year!!
In short: Low key friendly event with PB potential In full: Enjoyed the race due to the wonderful conditions. Thought marshalling was good but it felt more like a training run than a race due to the lack of athletes and crowd. Bit of an anti climax. Course was well signposted and marshalled in my opinion but I'm so disappointed not to get a medal or t-shirt that shows I have run a marathon. Did it all really happen ? Only my legs tell me it did.
I can't see it happening again with only 135 marathon runners and 150 half marathon runners finishing. Surely something went wrong with the marketing. Date of review: September 15, 2009
In short: First marathon, but compared with half marathons I have run, it felt pretty light on on organisation, particularly towards the end of the race. In full: I didn't have so much problem with drinks but for long stretches, you really felt your were on your own and it was a bit weird picking your way through the day trippers along the see front. It was a small event and I suppose that was reflected in the 'do it yourself' feel. I also agree with the comments about the t shirts and medals, it would have been nice to have something that specifically marked the marathon. Date of review: September 15, 2009
In short: Good but a couple of tweaks needed In full: I enjoyed this one but think it could be improved upon with a few tweaks.
I noticed they weren't handing drinks out after 3 miles (if this is because they didn't have cups then it's a bit amateurish) but I wouldn't have drank that early anyway. My only issue with the drinks was the lucozade in cups. Guaranteed to spill it down yourself and get sticky.
I think clearer signposting for both the route in general and the parts where the route split between the half and full would be better. I saw one half marathon runner carry on down the seafront before having to turn back. Also, as the seafront got quite busy at times with walkers it was difficult to see the mile makers and race route. A few more marshalls would have bee a good idea.
That said, credit to the marshalls at the outer extremeties of the course who did a good job. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: sorry but the bad points outnumbered the good. In full: PLEASE take the following as constructive criticisms; firstly to get to the first drinks stop to be told sorry we have no cups is poor, bordering on unforgivable. we passed the ten mile marker and had one cup which was less than half full-and it was a very hot day. the route was fairly well marshalled but was light on further drinks stops. to the finish then and I was disappointed to receive the same medal as those who did the 10k the day before !! some may say this is sad, it may well be but its the truth. then I went to get my t-shirt and asked for a medium to be told we are trying to keep them for the ladies. as a result I had an extra large which will be given away since I am 5 foot 6 and around 10 1/2 stone. after a shower I then found out there was no water left for the marathon runners. may I suggest you put a bottle in the goody bag to stop people taking more than one each. very sorry but travelled up and stopped in hotel etc and the cost involved etc and I got home feeling rather let down. if this event continues simple improvements need to be made otherwise I wont return.
In short: Not bad but hope for a few niggles sorting out for next year In full: Agree with previous post water stops thin on the ground and the cups made it difficult to get too much at any one time. Bottles are far better. Prizes were a bit strange for the winners, would be hard to post them on if not collected. Marshals seemed to disappear at mile 20 where it was important to split the slow half marathon runners from the faster marathons runners. I'm sure some half runners ran a few extra miles than theu should have done. Can be a really good race though with the facilities available and especially if next year its a one lap race for the marathon. Date of review: September 13, 2009