In short: Nice plod but.... In full: I had convinced myslef to plod around this one and on the whole I managed to do this. Cold in places, icey at time especially around the first hill. The marshalls were a credit especially the loner at I think mile 8, it was harder for him than the runners. Good feed stations and again a credit, thanks for the smiling if not numb faces with the cold. REALLY GOOD to have many mile markers on such a course. Disappointed I found the last hill a challenge. Rather unhappy with a start which was 3-4 minutes BEFORE 09.30, I was not the only one who was aware of this and it wasn't the fault of my watch, which wearing now is still on the accurate side. Would be interesting in the sunshine. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Friendly Race, Great Organisation but very cold In full: Scenery is amazing and the organisers are very friendly and made me feel welcome. The course is tough with a huge hill at the 21 mile but it is a Hill marathon. Great medal and free water bottle etc, could do with a little more shelter at the start for spectators.My favourite Marathon! Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: excellant run In full: The word brutal was overheard several times during the day, and seems to sum it up pretty well. If it had started snowing/raining coming back over the hill at around the 20 mile mark I suspect I may have frozen solid, as it was just about made it through the wind. At the last drinks station just over the top of the hill a lady exclaimed 'my god! are you all right?'. Not sure it wasa good thing or not to look like I felt at that point. Managed to pull myself together and finish around 45/50 minutes slower than I would have expected to finish a flat road run. Learnt some valuable lessons that will stand me in good stead for the future. Date of review: March 16, 2013
In short: my all time best loved it and i have ran many In full: Great course fabulous organasation and drink stations that many could learn from very well equipped. it is hilly and rugged as you would expect but grear scenery and a really nice atmosphere. i will be back next time thanks Date of review: March 16, 2013
In full: Fantastic marathon. The ice and snow just added to the interest. Lots of camaraderie and good banter. The route was a great mix of terrain, with some hugely demanding hills. Gutted to see how many people ignored the request not to drop litter on the course though. Overall a very tough run! I will definitely be running next year, and look forward to it. Well done Phil, and all the marshals who made it such an enjoyable challenge. Date of review: March 15, 2013
In short: Friendly and scenic, what elese did you expect from Bolton? In full: This is our training stomping ground and having been out on the course many many times race day didn't disappoint. The weather was a little disappointing but no different to training. I agree a later month would make the whole experience more pleasant - maybe a little slower as more likely to take time to enjoy the views.
Totally agree on the litter, I even stopped to pick up a tissue I dropped, it just didn't feel right to leave it there. I don't think the 500ml water bottles helped, felt a bit sorry for the marshals being handed a near full bottle back and having to bin it. Maybe some cups of water on offer too for the runners who do not require as much. I took a hydration pack as I'd rather be in control of when I drink and didn't want to carry bottles with me.
Well done Phil and team, your attention to detail didn't go amiss. Our Club totally embraced your race, I'm not sure we will get it on the Club Championship calendar for next year (although we live in hope we managed it for the Rivi Half in October), but I am sure there will be an equal number, if not more, of us back again next year. Date of review: March 15, 2013
In short: Sign up now, fantastic experience In full: It would be criminal and selfish of me to want to keep this race a secret. The attitude of the marshalls was fantastic as was the organisation. Some may complain that it was basic and given the weather conditions I understand that but for me it's part of the experience. The small field was very friendly and not once did I meet a 'big time charlie' which I have come across at other races. The course was a challenge, much harder than I expected as were the weather conditions. On the whole it was a great experience, the basic facilities and small nature of the field are everything I want from a marathon. No chance of a PB but more satisfaction at being able to complete it in a reasonable time. Don't waste your money entering a big city marathon, get the real deal and support events like this, you will not regret it. Well done to Phil and his team. Date of review: March 15, 2013