In short: Fantastic race In full: I've done all these except the test event and love it. It's a race put on by runners for runners with all the bells and whistles that they would want in a race, including free photos.
In short: Pretty, well marked traffic free course. In full: Nice race, great aid stations and lovely support. Most of the marathon runners passing me on their way back were friendly and supportive which was nice.
Some of the running surface is very lumpy and bumpy - providing a very real risk of tripping particularly for us shufflers at the back! Not a complaint, just pointing out for people thinking of entering in the future. If your preferred running surface is road/smooth trail, this isn't for you unless you're happy to walk the worst bits.
Car parking at the start was a bit of a 'mare. It would have been good if someone had been at the centre's gate once the car park was full so people didn't drive in and then spend 20 minutes trying to get out again. Date of review: August 24, 2014
In short: A real runner's race with all the little tweaks that make a difference In full: My third running of this race and I love it. As a slower runner it's really nice to be surrounded by people for the whole race. It's also great to be able to leave stuff on the course so it isn't necessary to carry drink or gels. Date of review: May 31, 2014
In short: Brilliant race In full: Did it last year and entered this year's the next day. This year didn't disappoint. It's well organised, friendly, the laps mean you know exactly what's ahead, and it's fun. My other half said it's the best marathon he's been to as a supporter. I'll be back. Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: Excellent race once again In full: Smoothly organised race. Great marshalls and other volunteers. One of the best goody bags I've had from a race. But please next year ban headphones. I saw multiple people who were unable to hear marshalls' instructions getting right in the way. Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: Nice scenery, some killer hills In full: Ran this for the 5th time today. Not keen on the new finish - rather quiet and a cold walk back to the race base. And not even a cup of water. I've never been to a distance race where there wasn't even a cup of water for the finishers. A long queue for a cuppa it was then. Date of review: January 30, 2011
In short: A real killer but the organisation and marshalling are both superb In full: My third running of this race was the best yet. Conditions were perfect and the organisation was brilliant as usual. A slow coach like me who spends a lot of time on my own has no trouble finding the route as it's very well marked. Great to get a medal and a technical t-shirt. Date of review: June 20, 2010
In short: Great course which is well marked, fab marshalls, nicely challenging but... In full: I do like this race. The course is really well marked, the marshalls are really fantastic, the scenery is great. But the twice I've done it the lack of toilets has been a real pain. I entered on line and paid a premium for that, yet don't get my number sent to me in advance. Maybe the money saved by not posting anything out to the vast majority of entrants could be spent on toilets (that work) or even a race HQ where we can use the facilities. Still, I'll probably turn up again next year. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: This is a great race, despite the killer hill between 6 and 7! In full: Great to see such good support in truly dreadful weather. Great marshalls. The drummers were a fab touch too. My third running of this race and definitely not my last! Date of review: February 28, 2010