In short: An honest race, fast, good value and unpretentious In full: This course manages to replicate the type of weekday training route most of us have to do during the winter evenings under streetlamps. It requires a lot of marshalls to make it work so well done NVH, a good race for club runners Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: A race of two halves! In full: Super race which I would recommend adding to your calandar for next year. I normally hate out and back courses but the contrast when you turn and run back into the wind is quite startling. This is also the first race I have ever been held up by a donkey incident.
In short: Well run race but not run by runners In full: I would like to thank the team who put this race on, I loved it. It was well organised, loads of water stations which had lots of people on them. Great first lap of the town centre to get you moving slowly and I liked being in with the half marathon runners so you could ignore everyone round about you's pace and just run at your own. I should have spend an extra ten minutes understanding the course map as lap two was quite a bit harder than the first one but I know now.
Okay time boxes for the start would be nice but so not everyone is honest in other races where they are used so it is a moot point. As far as feeding stations go I carry my own gels so I have no need for them. I did feel a bit short changed getting only a banana and the same medal as the half at the end, something else to eat on the way back to the car would have been a bonus.
But overall there are not that many marathons about so I am not going to knock the guys who put this one on but I would say to them please take a look at how much you need to spend on the runners to look after them as I think the balance need to redressed even if the event is over subscribed by a long way.