In short: Excellent Race In full: I really can't fault this race. If you are looking for a marathon to beat your PB, with reasonable support and pleasant scenery, you'd struggle to beat this. Definitely in my top 3 road marathons with Amsterdam and MK. Date of review: October 26, 2012
In short: One of the best In full: This was my 49th marathon and I would definitely put this in the top 5 that I've done. Flatest course you could imagine and a very scenic off-road route. There were about 300 competitors so the last half was a bit of a personal time trial, but for someone who wants a fast time and can organise for perfect weather as we had, this is the race to do. Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: Pleasant race, but needs tweaking In full: Many positives: Good race HQ close to the start, friendly race, reasonable course with a lot of variety, good value for money, regular and well stocked water stations, fair amount of support.
There are other points needing attention. The marshaling was non existent for long periods. If someone had come along and removed an arrow the whole race could have fallen apart. There was no marshal policing the bank towards the canal, which was positively dangerous.
This is not a PB course as there are too many slow sections and obstacles - adding about 10 minutes to a tarmac run.
In short: Really enjoyabloe In full: My third time at London and I really enjoyed it. As I am training for a 100 miler I could just treat it as a training run with no pressure and enjoy the day. Once it thinned out I got into my running I did a negative split for the first time. Marathon heaven! It's a really great feeling to get stronger as the race goes on.
The crowds were great and thanks to all the volunteers who did a great job.
London is not a pb race unless you can go off the GFA start and I do feel sorry for those who trained hard and couldn't convert it in the race. Hopefully if that applies to you, you've got the marathon bug and will achieve your goal in a smaller event or a better big city marathon (try Dublin, Edinburgh or Amsterdam). Date of review: April 26, 2010
In short: Really well organised, mostly off road marathon. In full: This was a friendly event, which was great value and really well organised. It was a clockwise cicum-navigation of Bedford taking in some lovely scenery. The LDWA style instructions were outstanding and made for a very easy to follow race. The three checkpoints were well placed and well stocked.
Thanks to the organisers for such a pleasing event. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Just great to get out on Boxing Day for a run. In full: This a completely unpretentious race which suits runners of all abilities. It's a great opportunity to meet up with friends and fellow runners after the excesses of Christmas Day.
Thanks to the organisers for making sure the race took place. The course change added a bit of challenge running back down the hill against the traffic!
Thanks to all the organisers. Date of review: December 29, 2009
In short: Tough course. Well organised. This is what trail running is all about. In full: I really enjoyed this run - beautiful scenery on a very challenging course. The route was easy to follow and well supported by marshals and public alike. This sort of race is why I continue to run.
I don't know whether I was having a bad spell, but there seemed to be a big gap between the second and third water stations.
I liked the technical top and one member of the family has shown an interest in the ruck sack! The breakfast was a nice touch.
Thanks to the organisers for putting together a great race. Date of review: October 28, 2009
In short: Stunning scenery and great support along the route In full: This is certainly the most scenic road marathon I've done. The views down the valley between 4 and 6 miles take your breath away.
It's pretty tough in places, especially the long hill at 21-23, but there are long down hills as well. The amount of support was surprising and the marshalls did a great job - thanks.
Perhaps I missed something, but why nor start on the road up from Llanberis (which was closed anyway) and hence get rid of the need for buses? Then you could also get rid of the rather annoying loop in Llanberis at the end.
But this was a fantastic race - the first of my three marathons last weekend and it was certainly worth the effort of getting up to North Wales.
Thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable experience. Date of review: October 27, 2009