In short: cold, wet, muddy, hilly, fun In full: Tough course - very muddy and one very steep hill which most people (including me) walked up.
Event was very well organised, lots of marshals and plenty of toilets. Goody bag was spot on - bottle of water, banana, mars bar and I used the plastic bag to put my muddy shoes in. I like the dog-tag medal too. Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: well organised, nice surroundings, good value In full: Well organised, good marshalling, some nice scenery around the river and good value for money too. Banana and water at the end were just what I needed, nice medal too.
Course is pretty flat with no significant changes in height. It had rained heavily the day before so it was muddy in places with a few puddles to dodge, but would have good PB potential if it's dry. Date of review: July 9, 2012
In short: small, friendly event In full: This was my first marathon, really enjoyed it (well, the first 20 miles at least).
Course was a little unusual being 26 laps of a 1 mile circuit. The repetitiveness didn't bother me at all and 1 mile laps meant more support, drinks and jelly babies every mile, and mile splits from the chip timing.
Organization was smooth, and there was a good atmosphere from participants and spectators. Also the only event I've been to where there was no queue for the toilets.
Only reason I'm not sure if I'd do this again is because I don't know if I'll ever do another marathon. Date of review: June 20, 2012
In short: well organised, flat course, some slightly challenging terrain In full: Course is flat, mostly on roads and pavement with a short section on the beach. Beach section wasn't too bad so don't let that put you off.
Race was well organised and good value for a chip-timed half marathon. Will probably be back next year. Date of review: February 13, 2012