In short: Without doubt the best Marathon I have done! In full: Really friendly relaxed atmosphere, support along the way was fantastic and though route was stunning. I will be back to do it all again next year... Well done to all involved.
I have done 4 marathons (Liverpool, Manchester, New York and Bolton hill) countless halfs and many fell races.
Please try this marathon whether it's your first or 50th- no stress, great facilities and a challeng all the same. Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: Rock Solid Event In full: Great half half marathon with a field of about 200. Varying abilities so not intimidating at all for beginners and the staff were all very helpful. Would recommend trail shoes or something with a thicker sole are the river path is naturally quite stoney and would be partially muddy at other time of the year. Definitely one to get involved in if you are in the area. Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: Forced to retire and told my pace was too slow- In full: After half way, being told my pace was too slow, and that the marshals would not be there for much longer due to the weather I was devastated that I was being forced to retire. After telling the marshal at the end, who said that was not correct and shouldn't have been done,I was more than devastated. But after seeing the time sheets and people that finished AFTER I was due to finish I am disgusted. If some of the joining money wasn't going to the hospice I'd demand a refund. Weather was horrific. I appreciate the volunteers and the people that took their own time to help, but it's greatly knocked my confidence and left me with a bitter taste where I will not be returning to canterbury next year. Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: A must do! In full: All in all brilliant race! the atmosphere scenery and everything made it an awesome day! I loved it and had a PB despite the slightly hilly course... Just one big down side I was there very early 7am to ensure I was there on time so parked at the back of the car park, so was dismayed when I finished the race and in my car at 11.55 not to move for over an hour and a half to get out of the car park. Was very cold and very stiff when I got home after finishing the race. If this could be resolved next year to would be perfect! Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: superb half marathon In full: after reading how well last years race had gone in its inaugral year i signed up for this year and wasnt dissapointed.following a good group discussion that had been going on for the best part of the year was great to hear where parts of the course were tougher then other parts and emails from the organisers were great and factual.as the severn bridge needed to be closed for us to run over it the email updates stated and so if you followed the recommendations you wouldnt have had a problem.a lot of what iv read has been from people with very little race experience and seem to have turned up last minute and then grumble when they got caught in the traffic leaving hq.well iv done well over a hundred of these around the country and the medal, goody bag and tech tshirt were great quality and well received.you dont get this in all races thats for sure.you also dont get free parking or a bridge to be closed so factor this in and people need to ease up on the criticism of being caught in traffic leaving.some races charge loads to park or leave you in the middle of nowhere to find where your car may be.this race was brilliantly organised and is a credit to the RD. the actual race was superb starting at the bridge and running over it into england and around some nice little villages and a few inclines.there were some good signage up and it all built towards 'the hill' whic really wasnt a big deal at all and hills at tunbridge wells, giants head, hastings etc etc are where there are many of these hills and double the size.so once this build up and the hill was run it was a nice gentle 5 or 6 miles back over the bridge and finished at race hq.obviously the bridge was gunna still be closed so drove back home over the new bridge.no big deal and a worthy detour for such a great day and race.keep up the good work guys! Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: Great race let down by car park/too large a fied In full: Positives - I loved the actual race and it was really fun to run on the bridge and closed motorway. The pre-race comms were humorous and signs along the route in a similar vein also lightened the mood. Definitely not a pb course, the hill is both long and steep and there are quite a few undulations before that.
Negative - I arrived about 7:15 and had no problem parking. Disappointed to sit in the car park for an hour on the way out though and it was never really clear what the problem was. I know lots of people had to ditch their cars on the roads and run for the start which wasn't great. Such a shame as I think the organisers worked so hard on this and it was perfect in every other way. I think the car park just wasn't big enough. Stopped me from rating it as highly as I'd have liked to. If I was coming back next year I'd definitely plan to arrive early again and also presume I couldn't get out until 13:00 and hang around to enjoy the atmosphere. They may have missed a trick by not mentioning anywhere that the bridge was closed until 13:00. Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: Despite the killer hill @ 10k, a fast course !! In full: Very good inaugural race. Could do with one extra water stop if the weather had been hot and sunny but I suppose it depends on location at miles 3,6,10. Brilliant terrain and scenery and great organisation. Shame there was no team prize, hint hint !! :-) Definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: My Garmin went blank at 21.1 miles after 3:28 time. From then on I walked. In full: A good race, nice course, would have loved a T Shirt for the price at the end! But the medal is hanging up on my rail, a proud momento. All my marathons are all time favourites!!! Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: Mixed feelings - a lovely race but dreadful start and finish In full: I was really looking forward to this race as the idea of running on roads that aren't normally accessible is great. And running along the motorway without traffic is what I'll remember about this race and makes it special. The route around the lanes was v pretty too - undulating and yes the hill was tough (I had to "power-walk" up it), but I loved all the cheeky signs leading up to it too. Marshalls were great - v friendly and encouraging and deserve lots of praise.
The not so good. The start was a bit of a farce. I heard the announcement in the event village that start was delayed so I hung around a bit longer and headed over with the what felt like the hoardes. I started to find my pen, only to be told that the race had already started and I should get moving. Really bizarre - and trust me it wasn't like I was on my own. As a result, many people hadn't started in the right place and the route was congested all the way round.
The finish really frustrated me too - a couple of sneaky hills through twists and turns to find an invisible finish. When you are on your last legs looking for that final sprint finish, it was really frustrating. I guess its logistics but a finish on the bridge would be awesome.
Fortunately I missed the parking chaos at the end as was being picked up on the English side - seeing as the majority of runners were from Bristol, perhaps change the start to the English side next time... ?!!
Having said all that, I scrapped a tiny PB, but that was more about my training than the course to be honest. Will I be back? I'm not sure - the logistics of getting there and back might outweigh the desire to run it again. Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: First ever half marathon - loved it and will do it again In full: I cannot compare it against other races as this was my first ever but I can tell you that I have enjoyed it very much indeed.
Everybody was genuinely nice (organisers, at the start and on the track), everything was as simple as it could have been, the scenery truly nice (by the Thames, through Richmond, in a sunny day). Four points with water/ sweet/ sweetness. The people running it were nice too, you could laugh whilst running. It was fun.
Also, I was there on my own and having somebody cheering for you was very much appreciated.
One more thing, going through the finish line with a piper playing was awesome. I will never forget that.
One thing only for improvement as part of the whole experience: the water of the showers was too hot. Date of review: August 31, 2015
In short: Another quality race! Just gets better! In full: Brilliant marshalls, excellent signage and a virtually traffic free course. Chip timing, a great goody bag and more cake than you can possibly eat! What more could you ask for!? Some of the bigger events could learn from this one! Date of review: August 31, 2015
In short: Chaos at the start In full: Race started 20 mins late due to the horrendous back log at the sole car park provided which in turn caused a bag log in the race bib collection (cutting costs by not posting out). 20 min wait might not sound bad but when the start is over a mile from Race HQ and on the middle of the Severn Bridge it isn't great.
Course is decent and challenging, much hillier than the race organisers would have you believe. Only 3 waters stops as opposed to the 4 required by UKA wasn't great - thankfully it wasn't warm or this should have been a problem.
Finish straight was quite tight - about 2m wide and had photographers within that gap - glad I finished early on.
Would do it again as I feel that I could run it better knowing what the course now actually holds but not a must do.
In short: You have to try it.... In full: The weather was wet & the route was a slog in places,but if you are a runner in this country this is quite usual. Thanks to the marshals,volenters, and locals who stood in the rain for hours. I enjoyed this event despite the weather,not easy but a good race & the medal one of the best i have ever seen,recomend this for 2016.. Date of review: August 31, 2015
In short: Well organised, friendly race, but, err, undulating, in places In full: It felt like an important event in Atherstone and was well organised and supported - even the Mayor came out to start the race. You're not likely to break any records as there are a few pretty brutal climbs, but it's a picturesque course, well marshalled and enjoyable race (once your over the big climbs in first half!). Rather impressive medal and goodie bag too. Date of review: August 31, 2015
In short: Superb event, Great organisation and very enjoyable well marshalled and supported route! Will definitely do this one again...maybe at a different time of year as you can choose summer winter or spring! :-) Date of review: August 31, 2015
In short: Great race but I wouldn't recommnd it as your first HM In full: As always, very well-organised by Nice Work. Third time I have done this HM and won't be the last - thoroughly enjoyable despite apocalyptic rainfall and river flowing down the hill at mile 11. A very special word for the marshals who always smiled and encouraged and must have been absolutely wet through. Huge thanks to Forest of Blean Rotary Club for their hard work in this regard. It was a day for runners rather than spectators. Date of review: August 31, 2015
In short: Bloody Brilliant!!!!!! In full: Enjoyed the whole race from start to finish, well manned water stations, loved the bagpipes, can't wait for the next. Highly recommended x Date of review: August 31, 2015