In short: Excellent PB course In full: Really well organised, parking not far from start/finish like some races. Plenty of water stations (bottles) and sports drink (sainsburies) which was less sickly than LS! Loved the T shirt and good medal.
Some have complained that it is boring but it depends what you like. I have done 45 miles along a canal so didnt find it a problem. However, if you like nice scenery this is prob not the race for you.
I liked the out and back where you can see the faster runners coming back, again, this is not everyones cup of tea. I am also someone who has done 6 hours of a 1mile lap.
I enjoyed this and hope it will be a regular fixture, as does hubby (supporter) as he likes anything to do with trains!!! However, I appreciate this is not something that everyone likes which is why it is important to do your research before entering and why these are useful reviews for people thinking of entering next year
In short: Well organised, easy to follow course In full: A really enjoyable weekend. 4 checkpoints with food and drink, friendly marshalls, easy to follow route (I didnt need to get the map out). I was near the back so a lot of the time I couldnt see the person infront or behind but that was not a problem. The only thing I didnt like were the geese which scared me!! Date of review: March 13, 2010
In short: The hardest 10k I've done In full: Very hilly, well organised with 2 water stations and a few people dotted around handing out extra water! Last year I swore I wouldnt do it again but I came back! It is better second time when you know what to expect so dont go off too hard! Date of review: August 24, 2009
In short: Brilliant organisation In full: Excellent value for money, T shirt, medal, goody bag, chip timing, buffet and massage, what more could you want from a marathon? Although there were only 130 running the marathon I never felt lonely as I could always see the person infront of me. You could have your own drinks put out at the stations which was good as they only provided water in cups. There were jaffa cakes at one station but that was it.
The course was hillier than expected so not a PB course unless your PB is soft. The marshalls were all friendly and encouraging.
My only complaint, which is very minor is that the T shirt said half marathon and marathon on it! If I have run a marathon I like it to just say marathon!!! Date of review: August 10, 2009
In short: Flat and fast In full: A big field but not too crowded to run at your own pace. A few gently inclines but nothing much, PB potential if the weather does not bother you! Someone complained about no sports drink, I would never expect sports drink on a 10km and if 1 water station is not enough then carry your own like I do! Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: Brilliantly organised In full: Not an easy course especially with the wind, 2 laps was not a problem though. Lots of water stations with bottles, a few stations had gels, chocolate and jelly babies as well. Good hoody which makes a change from a cheap TS! Goody bag with lots of food in it. Massage at end but the Q was too long so didnt bother. Date of review: March 22, 2009
In short: Quite flat and good PB potential In full: The race was well organised apart from the finish area which looked a shambles shortly after I finished. The paths were quite narrow and a lot of people started too far forward and too fast so weaving in and out for the first lap was fustrating. The wind was hard going but I did enjoy the race I would probably do it again but this time not start so near the back! Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Well organised, fab day out In full: A nice flat run along the canal, some people went wrong at the start because they didnt listen to the instructions other than that you really cant get lost! 4 checkpoints along the way with water and sweets, something a bit more substantial like cereal bars or bananas would have been nice but this was a training run for many doing MdS so they have to get used to carrying all their kit. Was worried about being at the back but came about 2/3 down the field in 5.43 (my marathon time is 4.11), so its ok to do this if you are slow! Will definatly be back next year, maybe do both days! Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: A good fast course In full: Not the most interesting of routes but I tend not to be bothered about scenery. Well organised and marshalled, flat with PB potential. Date of review: October 23, 2008