Hi Emmy. I just need to plan my next summer holiday carefully. It was quite tight this year (2012) as I'd been on a cruise ship for 2 weeks with no running facility other than a treadmill, less than 2 days before doing it.
i can't decide whether just to risk the £27 anyway and hope I can make it on the day.
I really enjoyed it this year! Will probably think about it for a long run next year
We did the half this year so water shortage not an issue but we are planning to do the marathon in 2013.. I think they are very nice people who would have learnt a big lesson from the shortage this year. Also will probably carry fluid ourselves
I'd like to echo all those sentiments. First thing I did after the 2012 marathon was to buy a couple of re-usable water bottles PLUS a Garmin Forerunner as I struggled to know how far I'd been running on the return leg until right at the end. That's why I'm looking to shave a big chunk off my race time in 2013.
I did this race as my first marathon the later slower runners were running in the pouring rain and were not affected by the water shortages and they have cake crisps and power bars at the drinks stops. The race director on his bike let me finish the race. Don 't let the water shortage put you off it is a fantastic marathon course for beginners and also the more competive runner. Its all along the Thames Path and very pretty. The food afterwoods in the canteen is great and the encouragement from the other runners and marshalls is excellent.as it is an out and back course. I will do this race again and can recommended it as a really good First Marathon course. I will always be thankful for the race director letting me finish as the cut off time was 6hours 30 and I finished in 6 39. A small act of kindness that ment the world to me. The finishers medal it the best one I ve had its big chunky and race specific if you like bling.
It's so nice to hear from you. Have you been doing any training since the Thames Meander?
I'd planned on doing this last year as it does look a great event but was ill and injured all summer. I remember reading about the problems last year but even that negative point tended to be offset with commenst along the lines of "but it was still a great event". I also remember reading very fair reponses from the organisers that really impressed me.
I'm not 100% certain yet but think that I'll be there this year, I love the look of this event.
Me too. Never done a marathon before, so the generous time limit appeals, as does the off roadness, scenery and so forth. And you're all sounding so positive! May have to go for it.
I think this is a perfect first marathon. Out and back, pretty course, great camaraderie from all the runners, great value! Trying to work things out, as really want to do this again......ergh!!! Can't believe things are clashing already...I really like it's on a Saturday, as well, time to recover for Monday.
I can agree to it being a really friendly and lovely race. The scenery is good, the people are lovely and it's out and back. I found road shoes to be OK... although if there's lots of rain - you might need trail shoes on some of it.
Right you're on. (Where's my credit card?)
See you on the start line
Just to re-emphasis: the organisers of this race are 'real' runners and they're looking to put on a good race for us. The marshals are lovely, friendly and despite a few issues last year - did *everything* they could to help (including going into a pub and carrying a heavy water bottle back). The start/end is at a school (or it was this year) and you can use the showers, enjoy the tea/coffee/food and generally not feel 'rushed'.
Another reason I like this race (and this may sound silly) was because it was the first race I had been to where people spoke to me. I'm a little quiet but I found that everyone was chatty and willing to talk and around the route the faster runners encouraged you if they were already on their back section.
Thanks to you all for your wonderful support. This years race will be the best yet. We had a pretty big field of runners last year so we had a problem with a water shortage on a couple of checkpoints which were difficult to re-supply very quickly, baring in mind some guys were filling up with hydropacks the 40 liters at each checkpoint soon went so we're going to double up this year and there will be extensive markers so no-one should have any issues on this pretty straigh forward out-back course. The bespoke medals will dazzle that's a promise and of course it'll be Chip Timed and Race Photo's will be on sale at very reasonable prices post race the You Tube Feeds I'm sure you'll agree from last years race were great : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4BYU-bRaYk anyway rest assured we'll do our best to make your day very special, believe me I take it personally to do the best I can in all departments to make you guys happy ! We'd love to see you there again and for those that haven't done it believe me you'll love it.
I found the course really flat. There's only one hill (you go down it at the start and up it at the end) that was a bit of a killer after 24 miles but apart from that it was a decent route. The only factor I could see as being slightly working against you is that it's not closed roads and there are public on the path as well (so if you're super speedy - i can imagine that might be a factor).
@Dave - It's great to hear that we'll have Rich back photographing! He got some great pictures last year and they were really reasonably priced.
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