In short: great organisation - but messed up the T-shirts AGAIN! In full: Nice day this year - compared to the misery of last year.
Transport from the start was well organised, marshalls excellent, drinks station well organised and well spaced.
However, before the reace you choose the size of T-shirt you'd like - so why is it you get to the end to be told that they have run out - I could either have tent size or mini-me size. To be honest I don't need yet another t-shirt so please for next don't bother - give me something useful like a Mars bar and drink instead.
Shame as I really enjoyed it this year - No real massive hills - but lots of slopes that seem to go on for ever.
In short: Well organinsed - slightly hilly but only slighty Marathon In full: Nice day out - I like to run when it's cold and didn't really appreciate the hot sunshine the organisers had put on for the spectators! Roads were fine - yes there was traffic but never felt threatened by it. A little hillier than I was expecting - was hoping for a PB but missed it 50 seconds.
Massage at the end was well deserved -will be back next year
Thanks to marshals and spectators - including the couple who used the brochure to look my name from my race number.
In short: Miles and Miles of Great Views In full: Transport from Stonehedge to Avebury as well organised, but does mean you are hanging around at Avebury for a while - perhaps a staggered start would help this? Would help with the bunching for first few 100 metres. Killer hill at 11 miles wasn't too much of a issue - the later underlations ... up and down, up and down were though - I think the fact that you could see the next lot on the horizon didn't help. Food at the end was a nice touch, as was the very posh MC lady shouting out encouragement at the end! Remember it's a run NOT a race! Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: Excellent excellent excellent In full: Weather held off so was quite dry under foot. Friendly marshals, excellent signage, water stations were well spaced (with Mars bars too). And the finishing breakfast was out of this world. Finishing glass souvenier was a nice touch too. Well worth the effort of getting there. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: up hill, down a hill, up a hill , down a hill, and reapeat for 26 miles In full: Last did the half 2 years ago - Took on the full this time - after approx 15 miles I was think if I was doing the half I'd be finished by now.
Great scenery - never crowded - marshalls were excellent - lots of them - never likely to get lost - However to the photography at the one mile marker who said it was down hill from here - he lied - make he burn slowly over an open fire!
Shame no T-shirts left at the end - but they'll get posted out - so not really a problem - be an incentive to run faster next time.
In short: Great Day out In full: I did the 20 Mile course
Started in rain, ended in the sunshine. Marshalls were excellent (Thanks). everyone all the way round were very friendly. Course is tough but not a killer (the climb out of Avebury is a bit mean though). Directions were fine on the way round too - took a map but didn't need it.
Was surprise to turn a corner and find the finish line in front of me - was a lot quicker than expected - probably due to the lack of congestion - no London Marathon 6 a brest walkers on mobile phones here! Date of review: May 21, 2007
In short: hot hot hot - made the acheivement all the great In full: no real moans - yes people on mobiles should be shot, yes walkers should move to the sides but other than that really enjoyed it. Took it slow due to the heat and felt all the better for it Monday morning - great first marathon - will try the local ones next though Date of review: April 23, 2007
In short: smooth as silk In full: well organised, only criticism is the 3 mile water station was very busy - should be on both sides of the road.
would prefer an earlier start too 11:30 is too late.
Nice to run in the sun though - hit a PB so very pleased.
people always moan about goody bags - should be banned as far as I am concerned - I don't run for trinkets! That said an ASICS catalogue and bag that will end up in the bin - is not very eco friendly even if it does get recycled Date of review: March 12, 2007