In short: flat, fast, friendly In full: Race wise this was efficiently organised with more smiling marshals than I've seen in a long while. Course is interesting and mixes up main roads, parks and city centre running. There is only one incline of note which is much of the last mile.
Organisation outside of the race is not great though. Website was quite poor and not really helpful. People complained about lack of toilets but there were plenty in the university buildings where registration was. At least baggage drop off was much better this year.
I really don't care too much about goody bags and the like - I was there to do a race. Cost seemed to be in line with most city centre races so I have no complaints.
Overall I had a great day! Date of review: October 14, 2010
In short: Good mix of city and country In full: Fairly flat and fast. Good mix of environments from city streets to rural villages, parks through to shopping centres. Plenty of water stations and martials. No glamour or glitz but good straightforward event. Many thanks to the organisers for keeping us upto date on the RW forum. Also really like the LS T-shirt. I am shallow :-) Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: tough on the legs not on the wallet In full: I can't remember looking at much scenery - I was concentrating on the hills in front and behind me. Hard race but very enjoyable. The socks were nearly worth the entrance fee alone. Well done again OWLS Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: Hardest but most enjoyable race in years In full: Some of the best scenery in the UK with a bit of everything but tough as nails in places. I was glad not to race but use it as a training run. Beats the hell out of pounding the streets. Date of review: August 17, 2009
In short: Big city race In full: Pre race was a bit of a problem. Long queues for parking then toilets, finding baggage storage etc. meant a big rush when I should have had plenty of time. Typical of these big races I suppose.
Race itself was very good. Excellent crowds esp. those going up to Hunters Bar which could rival London for energy and enthusiasm. Lots of water stations and energy drinks were a nice bonus. Not as hilly as you would imagine but quite draining still. Very enjoyable. Date of review: April 27, 2009
In short: Like clockwork In full: There is not a downside to this race. Challenging course, generous aid stations (chocolate, jelly babies, high5 gels, water and sponges), faultless organisation. Perfect Date of review: March 23, 2009
In short: fast , flat and exposed In full: Seemed like a huge proportion of club runners there. Add that to the flat course and I think it's a very fast race. Shame about the wind - I could see the time ticking away as we were buffeted by it a 8k. Overall very nice Date of review: June 30, 2008
In short: Who knew it was so nice in coventry? In full: Not a PB course but lovely country lanes. Quite a cluby feel with the inter-counties and W.R.R.L but slower runners would not feel excluded. Nice relaxed feel using hotel as the HQ. Well done Northbrook AC Date of review: June 3, 2008
In short: fast and flat in perfect conditions In full: Fastest marathon course you'll find. However, like everyone says, the concrete walkway is dull and when your suffering it's a real killer. Good to give out lucozade pouches and water in bottles at some stations.
Could not have expected more. Date of review: April 28, 2008