In short: Quite possibly the best event I've ever been to!! In full: I came to racing about two years ago, this is my second Marathon and I can honestly say this is probably the best event I’ve have ever been to!
As some of the other comments attest to, there were some small gripes I.E. on the high price, the muddled start, the long slog up the greenway etc I accept all these comments but feel they are just little niggles compared to the all over glow I received from being involved with this event.
Everything was straight forward, the PA system was clear and the announcer on the ball, the route was scenic and very flat; only a couple of hills, if you think it was hilly you should try the Isle of Wight marathon! the spectator support was good when compared to other races, good marshals, and an excellent atmosphere at the finish.
Highlights?? The old man with the stereo, the hippy lady with the whistle and the jelly babies, seeing the runners in the half peeling off whilst we went round for the second lap, being checked out by some guy on a motorbike making sure I wasn’t about to collapse, finding my bottle that I’d stashed the night before at about 13.5 miles, dipping my feet in the river to cool them off at the finish!!
It was a good job it wasn’t hot, you could just imagine the heat haze drifting across the greenway if the sun had come out!
In short: This is a special event! In full: This day has everything, a 1K kiddies run, a 5K fun event, a great flat 10K and a mega half marathon, which one you do is up to you, but it’s worth doing because the atmosphere was brilliant! And they had Frank Bruno there to start the races!
I did the 10K, the course was simple along the promenade with a small climb up the rock face at Gordon’s steps (which aren’t steps at all but ramps), and back again.
It would have had excellent PB potential but for the wind. The first 5K were wind assisted, with it gusting badly enough to take your breath away on the way back. You were literally running into the teeth of a gale! Well almost.
But it was the whole ambience of the day that made it worthwhile. The organisation was definitely slick, they even arranged for the kiddies to finish their race with the adults for from the half!! We got a medal and a T-shirt at the finish, there were plenty of water stops (even two on the 10K), and a great crowd to cheer you on at the end.
Get there early, leave late and soak up the sheer enjoyment of the day!
My only criticism was slower runners starting in front of me, and I was near the front! But the course was wide and the crowd thinned quickly so this was only a small point.
My thanks to the organisers and everyone who volunteered to help, it was great.
In short: Good race, great route and smooth organisation. In full: My only complaint is the lack of carparking near the event, I like to take my disabled son to events and it can be hard work sometimes.
Other than that I had a fabulous day, the sun undoubtedly helped!!
Good organisation and excellent facilities make this a fantastic event (having said that more toilets would have been nice). But who can fault the big tent, the masseurs, the warm up lady and great PA encouraging everyone to welcome the finishers.
The marshalls deserve a special mention, well done to all, thanks for all the encouragement but it still didn't help towards a PB, 3 minutes away!!
In short: Not as hilly as expected, easy course to follow. In full: Maybe a different start point is needed for this race, perhaps closer to the finish? The hike from the start to the finish point was hard work for my partner, she was lumbered with my bag and just about every piece of gear I own.
Starting on the major road through town without shutting it until 5 mins before the race began is asking for trouble. This is where the Marshalls displayed their annoyance with people. The cue cards for expected finish times were a great idea.
Comments above about lack of marshals may be justified, but then the course was so simple it would be hard to see where else they were needed.
From previous comments on this site about this race I expected a hilly course!! It wasn’t as bad as I expected, which was a bonus for me, but it is definitely ‘undulating’
The finish area was well organised, and I spent a great 40 mins watching everyone else finish. I especially liked watching a guy cross the finish in about 1hr 5mins with a great big grin on his face and punching the air. Well done!!
In short: A decent enoough race. In full: The route might be a little dull, but it does keep you away from major concentrations of traffic as much as possible.
Yes the start/finish line is in an industrial estate, but that only meant there were very few cars around, it felt as if the entire place was given over to us runners, and quite right to!!
Whilst there were a fair amount of club runners at the front, there were still plenty of non-club runners to make this a worthwhile first race.
Indeed a friend of mine did just that and thoroughly enjoyed himself. I’m trying to encourage him to attempt a 10K next, or maybe a half.
After a recent Runners World article about the organisers packing up and the crowds gone before the last person had finished, I made sure we were there till the end, and I guarantee none of the organisers moved until the last person had finished.
All I all a pleasant Sunday morning, thanks to all involved with the organisation. Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: A hard 10K, but the great atmoshere and slick organisation make it a wonderful event. In full: This is truly a 'nice' event. Everyone was friendly, I felt I was made welcome by loads of people. Great organisation, slick and efficient. Scenery was lovely, the race is hard but gave you a great feeling of satisfaction on completion.
If you can get there, this is very worthwhile. Date of review: January 20, 2006
In short: Great setting, more facilities would be nice, the cattle grids you have to run over are scary!! In full: Nice crowd, nice setting, three toilets for nearly 500 people meant that there was a distinct lack of facilities.
Still a nice race, even for starters! Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: No mememto it's true, but a good course. In full: I agree with the comments about the lack of memento for runners who paid on the day, but then I entered early and so got a T-shirt.
I thought the course was about as flat as you could get in that part of the world, but I still couldn’t get a PB, over a minute away. Setting it in a school did give access to great facilities, and no long haul from the car park to the start, or race HQ etc.
And ref the comments about the organiser taking the profit and it not going to charity, I’ve been told that the organiser is trying to get to the stage where he can make a living from race organisation. I imagine the race was priced to ensure he didn’t get caught holding the bag.
We should be happy about this because it will mean more races around for us to compete in, and hopefully it will mean that a certain amount of ‘polish’ is brought to the event. Too many times runners have complained about poor organisation, lack of facilities etc etc brought on by inexperienced organisers. Well if you want the best you have to pay for it!!
Many thanks to the marshals and everyone involved.
I do wonder if the marshals were volunteers, or if they had to be paid???????????????
In short: Memorable! Tough with a capital 'T', low key but worth the challenge. In full: Maybe I didn't do enough hill training, maybe I'm just a wimp but I never want to see another hill again.
Hill after hill after hill makes this a challenging course, still it's worth doing if you want to test yourself. NOT recommended for a first time marathon, which mine was!!!
A very small number of entries meant that it could get quite lonely as the racers spread out.
I have to comment that there were plenty of drinks and sponge stations, and the organisers were willing to drop off your own drinks at any one, or all, of these. Oh and they were constantly checking your number on the course, just in case you had got ‘lost’ and ‘inadvertently’ taken a short cut!
A nice atmosphere, with lots of runners helping others, and then clapping as others finished.
Traffic was a BIG problem, I watched two guys almost get wiped out by a bus whose driver was just too impatient to wait 30 seconds!!!
I suffered for the last 10 mile, and suffered severely for the last 5. Thanks to Steve from York for all his help over those last few miles, I owe you a beer fella!!