In short: Super supporters made this race! In full: Great organisation and support from marshalls and locals made this race go by relatively quickly. I was getting tired of thanking people for their support - what a nice thing to have to say about a marathon. Runners were never far away from the next supporter clapping and encouraging, even in the heavy rain during the first half. The atmosphere at the finish was brilliant. No mass finish as it's a relatively small marathon, which meant each finisher was greeted by a huge roar from the crowd. Bloody brilliant, felt like I'd finished an IM! Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Greeeeeaaaaatttttt North Run! In full: I really enjoyed the atmosphere, a very different race experience. Spent 10 miles waiting for the runners to thin out before realising this wasn't going to happen. Just accept it's not going to be a pb race and enjoy running as a group. Listen to the footfalls of the runners around and relax into it. Glad I did it, I won't be back but only due to distance from home and the size of the field. Wonderful support from the locals and the aaah moment cresting the hill just before mile 12. Lovely day out! Date of review: September 19, 2010
In short: Great training run for an Autumn marathon, hill work never felt so satisfying. In full: Great, demanding run across the Downs. The rule is always keep the runner in front in sight or be able to read and run well. Thankfully another dry year. Worth the entry fee to get a supported long run. Thanks to all the volunteers, well organised and good food at the finish. Date of review: September 12, 2010
In short: Good, flat course. In full: A good run. As a resident of MK I was refreshingly surprised by how scenic it was. Good organisation and plenty of drinks. Thank you marshalls. Pity about the lack of goody bag at the end, could have done with being handed a snack. Something to sort out for next year? Date of review: March 4, 2008
In short: Good run with plenty of friendly marshalls. In full: Well done Lions Club! Well organised race provided a good first run out of the year. Good course, not too challenging, with plenty of friendly marshalls en-route. Will be back next year. Date of review: February 25, 2008
In short: Great day out on the Downs. In full: I've never run off-road before. 20 miles with a map and hopefully someone in front to follow makes for a really interesting day out. Thanks to everyone who I followed or who shouted at me when I went wrong. I found it really difficult to understand the directions - all my energy being directed to my legs and not my brain! I think I would have been in dire straits if I'd been on my own. I kept missing even the more obvious route indicators. (D'oh).
The track with the flint stones was treacherous and I'll have to get better off-road shoes for next year, but apart from that, a really good training run for an autumn marathon. Excellent opportunity to get some hill-work in.
The water stations were well stocked (yum) and the marshalls were really encouraging and enthusiastic.
Beautiful scenery when I remembered to look up and fab weather today too. I can imagine it's a much tougher prospect if the weather is poor!
I'd definitely give it another go, but may opt for the 10 miler if I'm not building up to a marathon. It's hard to voluntarily put your body through that, although I feel great now - 7 hours later. Much better run than those boring road races with all their mile markers and arrows, no sense of adventure at those events! Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Nice sun tan In full: Great run despite the heat. Got a pb so extra special. Smooth, quick start and plenty of marshalls around the course. Didn't think the hills were too bad. Will definitely come back next year. Lovely clean toilets at the start. Date of review: April 15, 2007