In short: A great all-terrain marathon with a super final 0.2 of a mile! In full: Well organised and marshalled - a marathon to remember, especially in this year's strong winds and the muddy tracks. As last year, I enjoyed the run down in to the finish line in the arena and the pasty. Not so good was not having the option of the beer IN A BOTTLE, to enjoy later. Date of review: November 19, 2011
In short: Excellent, love running this event In full: First marathon, with sub 4 hour time, even caught lst of the half marathoners....job done. This is an excellent event. Have done both the full and halfs in the past two years and injuries permitting will return annually for one or the other. The marathon is not easy, only the Exmoor Stagger was harder this year but if you have done a fair bit of training and are happy on the hills you will cope. Honest!! Date of review: November 5, 2011
In short: 4.5 out of 5 - a great race to do In full: Really, really enjoyed this race. Some lovely scenery along the way, and finishing with whole Eden Project laid out below you is near priceless. Free entry to the Eden Project for you and a friend, as part of the race entry price, is superb value is well.
I'd recommend only tackling this course as a beginner if you've trained well in advance, including hill training, otherwise suspect you'd be hurting a lot at the end! If you're good on hills, you'll love it.
Good marshaling, atmosphere and a good day out. Any downsides? Well, lack of showers afterward was major thing they could put right - not as much fun going round Eden later smelling! I'd happily pay a couple of extra quid in the price for them. They could have made the free pasties at the end as well something other than steak or cheese - if you're not able to have either one for some reason (I'm a vegan) - stuffed really. Wouldn't take too much effort to make a few suitable for all diets.
Also, get there super early in the morning if you're going there next year. There was a long traffic queue getting in, which delayed the start of the race slightly, and meant was a bit of a rush to get to the start line - not good if you like to take your time preparing like me!
Otherwise, chocca race - may well do next year's. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Some challenging hills, beautiful scenery, very well marshalled, couple of niggles In full: Having done the Brathay Windermere marathon in May this year I thought that I was prepared for hills and I was pleased to say that I managed to gain my PB at Eden. It was challenging and if you are looking for a first marathon - make sure you do a lot of hill training!
The scenery was beautiful, although I definitely preferred the first half to the second which was more plain (loved the quarry in the first half)
I always knew where I needed to run - really well marshalled and the water and energy stations were well positioned and there was good support and a good atmosphere.
Good bag at the end was decent - I liked the medal and t-shirt and the pasty and pint was a good recovery meal!
The only negatives that I have were more from my family's experience as spectators. We were initially confused as to where and what we needed to do at the start - in terms of getting split up runners and spectators. Then at the end my family said that the marshalls were more chatting between themselves rather than instructing runners to go over the two timing mats.
All in all though I really enjoyed this race, recovered in 3 days and loved the touch of being told how many people you overtook in the second half of the race (35!). Date of review: October 28, 2011
In short: Well organised, the Pasty and Pint as part of the goody bag was a nice touch, along with a T-Shirt and free entry to the Eden Project for a year. Beautiful scenery, lots of HILLS!!! Date of review: October 16, 2011
In short: Faultless organisation and a fantastic course. In full: What can I say that hasn't already been said? From saturday's pasta party to the main event, there was a great atmosphere. At the party, one of the centre Directors was going round introducing himself and welcoming runners personally. The organisation on the day was superb, with seperate changing for 1/2 and full meaning it wasn't too congested. The marshals were absolutely amazing, keeping up their enthusiasm despite the weather conditions. At the finish, different medals and t-shirts for the 1/2 and full are a really nice touch, so often they are the same. The free pasty and pint are a most welcome treat after the great run into the finish. As a final extra, a year's entry to the Project completes the feeling of having been really well looked after. Date of review: October 12, 2011
In short: a very challenglng course with sensational support In full: This race is hard - but everyone was honest about that. The pasta party the night before fuelled us very well and the marshalls and support around the course were amazing! The medal, pint and pasty feel very well deserved but were much appreciated. Gaining entry to Eden is a real bonus. Sign me up for next year! Date of review: October 11, 2011