In short: Tougher but better than previously In full: Yes there are more hills but it's a far better route than before. Some lovely sections through Wollaton, Colwick and University parks. Great marshals made up for the lack of support in the 2nd half of the marathon. Well organised and friendly. Date of review: October 2, 2015
In short: Fine for half..... full is like the ugly sister In full: Same as others.... geared towards half marathon, the second 13 miles were quite empty. the 25 mile marker was at something like 24.4 miles, which made the last mile feel very long! water pouches are rubbish and make you choke. more hilly than expected, especially a killer hill towards the end. lots of walking people at that point. Date of review: October 1, 2015
In short: Challenging foggy run In full: Ran this one in 2011 and the route has certainly changed. It is fast but it's not flat as claimed and does have a couple of tough hills. Congested at the start and for the first few miles as you might expect in a race with so many runners. Water stations were plentiful and great marshals. Too few toilets at the start and due to their position people jumped the in rather than line up. Medal was great. Would recommend this but if you want flat run Chester or Manchester Date of review: September 29, 2015
In short: hills!!!! where did they ome from?!? In full: having done the VERY flat and fast half the last 2 years, this year I thought i'd step up to the full marathon as a hopeful PB....hmmmm. Not on that route!!! The first half is far prettier - no Boots complex any more!! But now there's a big hill at 2-3 miles and the route is generally harder all round - loved the bit through the park though! As others have said it goes very quiet as the half runners disappear at 12 miles - I don't mind this as I prefer to have more space (the half was quite congested) You run down to colwick park was lovely and pretty but hot! Loads of good water and lucozade stations meant plenty of drinks and great marshals....I enjoyed the bits where you saw the other runners coming the other way too! however, it all goes horribly wrong at 18-20 miles when there's a 2 mile climb back in the town - cue dropping from a 7.45 average to a 9!!!! arghhhh!!! From then on it's a bit bumpy til the final bit where it flattens out again but it was too late for me - missed a pb by 70 secs!! Gutted!! This is most definitely NOT a flat marathon any more!! I was a bit disappointed - I don't know the area so the route map meant nothing to me - It would have been good to have a route profile so we would have known about it earlier - obviosuly it's fine if you're not pb chasing, but I chose this one particularly for its flatness!! But never mind, still happy enough with an almost-pb on a much harder route! Also, great medal (LOVE IT!) but rubbish goody bag - a toffee crisp and a cereal bar and nothing else!! Not even worth a bag! Race village great as always and loads of stuff to do/eat/whatever. I still really like this race but I think the organisers should have made it clear that it's no longer flat!!!! (and mile 25 marker was WAAAAY out depsite all the others being fine! Don't get the most important one wrong!!!) Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: A race of two halves. Good support through town for first 12 miles, then very limiited right up until mile 25! In full: The race seemed geared towards people doing the half marathon option rather than the marathon. This meant that there was lots of support during the first 12 miles, but much much less for the 2nd half of the race. There were also more hills than expected, including a long, slow and quite steep hill around 19 miles. The marshalling and support during the hard miles between 20 and 25 miles was very limited making this a disappointing option for a marathon first timer like me. Date of review: September 28, 2015
In short: Brilliant for first time marathon In full: I wouldn't do it again because I found the distance soooooo hard and it was so hot..... just did it to tick a box.
But the race was brilliant... it is completely flat pretty much and the support from marshals is just brilliant, they were so so friendly and it really spurred me on.
Also I'm quite slow and thought i'd be on my own but there were loads of marathon runners about the whole race.. I was never alone.
The queues for the toilets were ridiculous before the event and the water pouches are unbelievably tricky to use.... bottles would be soooo much better! I would have liked more water stations towards the beginning because it was so hot but the second half had lots and lots of water which was needed!
Thank you for a brilliant race and I can now sit back and say I've done it. Date of review: September 29, 2014
In full: Pity about the water pouches; almost impossible to control the speed and amount of water when sucking it out the bag. I found myself choking several times as the water hit the back of my throat! However, a very enjoyable race on a lovely morning. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: Excellent event. In full: Really enjoyed this race. As other runners have said, the main event really is the half marathon, and this was where the crowds and the "big event" atmosphere were. The second half of the marathon course, although quieter, was very well marshalled and very pleasant, going through a country park, around a rowing lake, past football and cricket grounds and finishing along the River Trent. Race village and parking were very well organised. It's fantastic to have the marathon back after a year off. Sweatshop did an excellent job organising, and the goodwill of spectators an marshalls provided a real boost when it was needed. Date of review: October 31, 2013