In short: Run, beer, hot mince pies. In full: An off road run, pretty competitive at the front, very supportive for those of taking it a bit steadier! A bottle of "Boxing Day Runner" beer for each finisher. Hot mince pies, tea and much friendly banter at the end. Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Good race - better scenery than I expected for Luton. Tough hills. In full: I enjoyed it - a PB but I think I could have gone faster on a flatter course. Relay runners add a lot to the atmosphere too.
Organisation on the whole not too bad but badly let down by the water stations on the last lap. its the last thing you need in a marathon to have to do the last 9 miles with no water. worst thing was the last water station where you could see the water in the drum but the marshalls had clearly got bored and cleared off. if you say 5hr cut off then the marshalls should be there for 5 hours (i finished in 4.34 so they weren't even close) Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Not too bad but not worth the 2hr journey for me. I won't be back. In full: Things that were good: course is nice, start seemed pretty well organised, support around the course was fantastic, marshalls very friendly, nice to see the air ambulance at the start - a good reminder of the charity side of the event, commentators were very good and very clear.
Things that were bad: toilets - they were appalling - no water (yes thats right none of them flushed!) and no electricity, km markers - its just pure laziness to have markers out by that far, marshalling the start - why bother having 2 waves if you aren't going to marshal it - i started in the middle of the first wave and spent the first 2km dodging people with pink numbers walking in the middle of the road! Date of review: April 3, 2005
In short: This could have been an awful race as the weather was particularly bad even for november but the FV Spartans marshals were cheering away regardless of the fact they were getting wetter by the second! Date of review: August 24, 2004