In short: Great race but a struggle in the heat In full: 3rd attempt at this race and this was definately the toughest.
First half route change makes for a more challenging race but it is definately more scenic than before.I feel Nottingham has taken a few knocks image wise in the last few years so it is good to remove the dull bits and show visitors what a great city it is.
After the split and the usual feeling of mild dispair the long road into Holme Pierrepoint and the lake were a mental obstacle as always and it was a great relief to reach the 23 mile mark knowing you were heading for home along the river.
Made up to eventually get 3.55 in the heat even though I was 8 mins slower than last year.
Thought the Marshalls were exceptionally good and very supportive. The good weather had also brought more spectators out than last 2 years and they too provided plenty of welcome encouragement.Unfortunately the crowds were as sparse as usual on the less spectator friendly parts of the marathon route.
£13 for a T-shirt? Well at least the Nottingham shirt is more useful for sport than some of the cotton ones given away at other races but the goody bag was a little disappointing (although I was offered and took 2 !).
Minor quibbles though. This was a great event again and I will be back. Date of review: September 11, 2006
In short: Great venue for a race but a few gripes In full: Facilities at the complex are fantastic and a major plus for this event.Route a bit dull but at least the three laps were not identical.Good turnout hundreds more than last year.
On the down side there were bottles of water available en route but cups at the end. Would have appreciated it being the other way round.Not too worried about the lack of medal but there was no date on the T-shirt so no souvenir with '2006' on it. Chip timing a fiasco and could put a few people off if not addressed for next year.
Overall mixed. The Bupa race has taken a few knocks as some perceive the City Of Manchester to be the event for serious runners but without accurate timing that view is hard to justify. Date of review: June 26, 2006