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
In short: Start is terrible and the water at water stations is not drinkable....otherwise race is ok In full: I found that arrangements at the start to be silly and unorganised. Entry to the pens was a free for all so although I was in my correct pen at the front I was surrounded by slower runners, who continually hindered me at the start! Very frustrating. Please can you correctly marshall the pens next year. Then the water pouches you were given at the drink stations were a joke, as you simply could not get the water out of pouch in to you! I ran the whole race with out water.....which made the race very difficult for me. Please can we have cups or bottles next year? Both these factors prevented me from getting the pb I was expecting. Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: A fun friendly frolic through Nottingham In full: Excellent race and organised to perfection. The marshals were super and the support from the crowd was fantastic. Shame about the terrible water 'pouches' which have been a problem for two consecutive years; you either can't get a drop out of them or a jet of water hits the back of the throat and makes you choke. Not great when running. Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: Too much emphasis on the half-marathon In full: This was a pretty good marathon. The weather was beautiful, which helped. Overall though there was too much focus on the half-marathon. So if, like me, you were running the full marathon then you had to run most of the second half of the run with few other runners and fewer spectators (despite the glorious weather). The route could have taken in more of Nottingham's sights too. Other small gripes;
1) the two people manning the water station at about 14 or 15 miles weren't paying attention (probably because of the time gaps between the small number of full marathon runners), so there was a delay while I had to stop, back-track, and wait for them to unpack water for me. 2) The 03:15 pace runner had to stop at about 20 or 21 miles because his arms were tired from carrying the flag. He carried on after stopping, but wasn't pace-ing any more. 3) There seemed to be some mile markers missing between 18 miles and the finish, which is just when you need them. Either that or they weren't obvious. Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: Very much geared towards the half marathon. The second half of the marathon depsite being flat was dull and short of support and interest. Even the first half has extensive uninspiring stretches - through the boots site for one. Next year? Not sure In full: The start enclosures need policing better. There were a number of much slower runners starting in the 3-3.30 (1.30 - 1.45 half) gate [red zone]. They just got in the way. This included corporate relay runners. Is there a way of checking on abilities as some who'd declared themselves within the red start zone were clearly not up to it and caused problems in the initial stretch.
Streaming between the half and full on the embankment was appaling. Signage was almost non-existant. It needs to be commenced almost as runners turn onto the emabnkment, not 20 metres before the split.
Holme Pierrepont lake and Colwick park are uninspiring at best. Can Nottingham with it's rich heritage not offer a better route Date of review: October 20, 2013