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
In short: Pleasant enough run - but not the wonderful scenery I'd been expecting In full: The organisation at the start was poor - bus drivers blaming the organisers and the organisers blaming the bus companies. It is crucial to get this right as The Highlands do not offer many transport options for those in work on Monday and a 50 minute delay must have put a lot of people under pressure (me included). Apart from this hiccup the organisation was excellent.
It would help if the numbers could be posted out with the details. Or at least an option offered (at a cost if necessary).
The run itself was gently undulating with three noticable climbs, but I wouldn't say this should put people off. It depends what you are used to I suppose.
For me the scenery was disappointing and the course rather dull in places. We seemed to run for miles along a tree lined road with nothing to look at, apart from the occasional glimpse of the Loch. For such a beautiful part of the world I hoped for better.
What was impressive was the friendly welcome from everyone in Inverness. It was a shame we couldn't enjoy the hospitality afterwards as we had to rush to catch a flight. Hope our taxi driver enjoyed the Baxter's soups as we couldn't take them on the plane!
In short: Excellent race - but don't attempt unless you are reasonably confident of completing within the 13 hour deadline In full: This is one of my favourite races. A real challenge to navigate your way from London to Brighton. It is not for the faint hearted and some of the navigation was incredibly difficult (as woodland often is!).
The support at the checkpoints and from fellow runners was great.
My only criticism (sadly a very sriuous one) was the lack of concern /care for late runners.
We only just got inside the 13 hour time limit, but several runners who we'd run with during the day were left out on the course and the organisers gave the impression that it was not their problem. Any organisers have a duty of care to all of the people running their race and this was sadly lacking at the finish. Perhaps they should be stricter on enforcing the cut-off points. It wasn't helped by the fact that the last leg was longer than advertised.
I know it was a very long day for everyone involved in organising the event and I greatly appreciate the effort and thank you all for that.
You have a great race but please think again about your management of late finishers. Date of review: September 23, 2009
In short: Fast, flat course. Definite PB opportunity In full: Well organised event. A great end to the week - a fast 5k course in a pleasant setting, with a BarBQ afterwards. Perfect unwind for runner (and family). Date of review: June 21, 2009
In short: An experience rather than an enjoyable race In full: My second time at London. Ran 3:10 last year and paced my wife around aiming for 4:15 this year, so I have had two very different experiences.
The crowd support further down the field felt a bit flat. A lot of tired looking faces searching for their friends in the mass of runners (quite understandable - I was there myself two years ago). There was certainly nowhere on the route that took your breath away like last year (Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Embankment).
I found the inability to run at an even pace very annoying. We spent far too long avoiding walkers and coping with the very narrow sections in places.
The race is a great British institution and the organisation is amazing - pretty faultless in my view.
The volunteers all did a great job - thanks to all of them. The police had obviously been press ganged. I stopped to thank the first officer offering any encouragement - and that was at 25 miles!
I've now done 11 different marathons and would rank London as the eighth best.
In short: Well organised local run with a good atmosphere. In full: This is a marathon well worth considering for those who like road marathons and want to get away from the crowds. The two lap course is varied and miles 6 - 13 are particularly attractive. The hills in the first six miles are undulating at worst and nothing compared to many other races. Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Have your excuses ready early! In full: Really enjoyable event. Just what is required for Boxing Day. Great family event with different options available for walkers / runners / children / adults.
Thanks to all the organisers. A tremendous event. Date of review: December 28, 2008