In short: A fantastic 'local' Marathon In full: My first time at the Leicester Marathon and I'll be back again. It got quite lonely out in the countryside at times but as soon as we headed back to the city things livened up. The marshals were fantastic and the last 2 miles though the shopping area's were fantastic. That hill at he end was murder though! It wasn't even that big!!!! I can't wait for next year.
In short: A fun mid-week race. In full: This is my third year running this event and this year was easily the most challenging.
I agree with the last review. I prefer a short sharp uphill then a more gradual downhill.
The marshaling was excellent and the event ran very smoothly although the start brief did say that there was no train which proved to be untrue. Didn't affect me though thankfully as i was about 1min slower than the guys that got held up. The 10k was more like 10.6k which I didn't mind too much. I'm sure others would of though!!!
I've already had a sneak preview of the course next year and it sounds better so I'll be back for my 4th outing. Date of review: July 20, 2012
In short: A much improved race from an already exellent first year. In full: This is was my second outing at this race and it was great to see it improve from an already great first year. The new race HQ was perfect and the 300 strong field was about right for a mid week race.
I took 3 seconds off last years time. Given the wind on the day I was fairly happy with that.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: July 3, 2012
In short: A great race but very expensive. In full: This was my 2nd Marathon and my most enjoyable. The course is very scenic but tough in parts. I totally underestimated the peninsular section. You turn onto the peninsular at 6m and leave it at about 19 so it's a big chunk and thats where the bulk of the hills are. This race is not fast and I was 10mins beyond my target a foot injury didn't help with that though! As for the £35 entry fee. Well I'm not sure where that went. The t-shirt is ok but cotton and the medal is a generic fat feet medal that only says Rutland Water on the ribbon. For that reason £35 is well to steep. Would I do it again? Yes if the cost came down. Date of review: November 6, 2011
In short: A very good local race. In full: My second time at this event. I enjoyed it more this year than last. The course slightly changed from last year and for the better. I was concerned about how the course was going to hold up with all the rain weve had. The course however was totally fine. I was really happy with my Tooine Express wallet. Next time i'm in a bar chatting up a lady i'll just flash the wallet and she'll be mine. Ha ha. Thanks for a great race. See you next year. Date of review: July 20, 2011
In short: The best way to spend a Friday Night In full: A great first run of the Summer Solstace 10k. I'm not normally a 10k runner but i enjoyed this one. I loved the course. Some nice inclines(not hills) worked all the muscles in your legs. With only 150 in the race it got quite lonely out there on mile 4 and 5 so i'd love to see a slightly bigger field next year(maybe 250). I'm looking forward to next year already. Date of review: June 18, 2011
In short: A nice flat 10K In full: I'm not really a 10K runner but I enjoyed this one.A nice flat course perfect for a p.b. I had no problem entering on the day. It was a bit chaotic a the end though. Would of liked a Techinical t-shirt for the money. Also had the usual glory hunters at the start stood in the wrong place holding everyone else up. I'll be back again next year. Date of review: June 5, 2011
In short: A great place for an event. In full: A great place for an event. Very flat course. Great value. For £10(on the day affiliated) I came home with a T-shrit, a mug and was lucky enough to get an on the spot prize(a running vest worth £25). All hopes of a super fast time were spoiled on the day by the very strong wind. Great for spectators too. My heavily pregnant wife came to support me and was able to sit upstairs in the cafe with views of the course.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 22, 2011