In short: A bit dull and grey - too 'estate-y' for my liking.. In full: Well what can I say, I ran this back in September 2008 and although I can't recall every single little detail about it, I do remember it putting me off Marathons for a good while..
Admittedly, I didn't have much to compare it to, but after running Stratford and Abingdon Marathon and feeling an incredible sense of warmth atmosphere wise, I must say Wolverhampton for me wasn't too inspiring.
Just remember running round a load of housing estates and there not being much else. Lots of long roads that dragged on endlessly and some quite challenging inclines at times..
Organisation was generally alright but the start was a bit staggered due to the other events going on..
Finish line was a bit of a joke really - not very grand or spectacular, but then I suppose it isn't a huge race.
Medal was a bit disappointing too - black and red 'Wolverhampton City Marathon Events' - I'm presuming the same medal was given out to all the cyclists, half Marathoners and Marathoners.. Nothing like some of the lovely gold ones you get at other events..
The Ron Seal of Marathons IMHO - does what it says on the tin. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Superb, faultless support & a spectacular atmosphere! In full: In a nutshell, a fantastic Marathon with tons of support, loads of water/feed stations and non-confusing mile markers (some races either miss out miles altogether or have a confusing system going on IMHO)
The start on the track made it a bit of a stunted getaway and could potentially add a few minutes onto your time depending where you're stood, but once you're off it's easy to spread yourself out and get your own pace going.
6 miles straight then 2 laps of 9 and then the final 2 (not sure where the .2 came in) - the 2 laps were pleasant - pretty little villages and some nice woods to run through. Passed a little lake - all very quaint and English.
Tons of marshals/officials and even non-official Abingdon people offering sweets/drinks/playing music along the way. A really great atmosphere.
Was initially a bit worried about the no iPod rule but soon got over it since everyone along the way was lovely to talk to. A bit clubby - everyone seemed to have a ' joggers, runners, athletics' etc vest on but nothing wrong with that, just shows a commitment to our beloved sport!
A bit misleading when you get back to Tilsley Park at the end (you have to run round the park for a bit before you actually get back on the track for the final 400m) but once you've hit mile 25, you know you're almost home so can't really say it was a negative.
Will definitely be doing this again next year - superb! :) Date of review: October 18, 2009
In short: Superb scenery, great support, excellent water stations In full: Fantastic marathon! Ran it for the first time yesterday and was really pleased with the organisation, support and well-manned water stations. Also, there was Lucozade Sport at some of the stations which made the climb up the (very few) hills more manageable.
Definite PB course - a few gradients and one big hill to pick up speed as you run down it. The Greenway isn't as harsh as everyone makes out - can actually be quite therapeutic since there aren't any cars around!
Nice mix of first-timers, medium runners and elites - talked to a good few triathletes and ultra-runners and generally had a fantastic time at the race!
Only complaint was that there was no goody bag :(
Thanks again though, definitely be back next year :) Date of review: April 27, 2009