In short: my toughest marathon yet !! In full: this was my 60th marathon and my 31st different one. in my view this was very very tough and although my time of 4-10 is in my bottom 3 I consider it a real achievement that I ran all the way round and did not walk at all. thank god the weather was kind to us I dread to think how this route would be in bad weather !! the race was very well marshalled and the pockets of support were very welcome. I have to say the people involved on the day were extremely friendly and welcoming. special thanks to the wonderful lady in the race hq who made me and my mate a cup of coffee pre-race on the house, very grateful we were. also, the cheese/onion pasty at the end was most welcome. this race was well worth our journey from the midlands and if you like tough races go for it-you wont be disappointed !! to close, thanks to all who made us feel so welcome. cheers
In short: poor finish area In full: a fantastic challenge and experience-one to test your physical and mental strength. in places a bit hazardous with cars getting far too near to the runners,dangerous. the views and landscapes were truly outstanding and will be back to try and see them on a clear day. in my view the finish area was poor and had to ask a fellow runner where to get my race momento from-why not hand them to the runners when they cross the finish line ? a mate of mine did not get one since he could not be bothered to queue for one-not good. also, the bus system is a waste of time. if you are running 26 mile walking one is not going to kill you is it. since there is no shelter at the start area you would still get wet either in the bus queue or standing around at the start or am I missing something here ? as a result those who walked it had to wait around for another 20 minutes in the rain absolutely hopeless. see you next year I hope.
In short: excellent marshalling/post race facilities. In full: the marshalls were very good and incredibly supportive-thanks to you all it is much appreciated.slightly congested in the early stages but what lovely running conditions. the cars/traffic is slightly hazardous in places and again numerous runners completely disregarded the no mp3 rule-idiots. the finish is great and a nice hot shower was most welcome-cheers to the bag storage team. one small gripe though, I finished in 3 47 so was surprised to be told no medium t-shirts left, they had all gone. why fill in what size I want then have it written on my number if not enough in my size has been ordered. normally dont care about this if its a cheap cotton one but these looked good and the small I was given makes me look like the only gay in the village bloke !! anyway, my running oppo reduced his pb from 3 39 to 3 32 in his 57th marathon so a memorable day. to repeat-marshalls, fantastic.
In short: enjoy the views, because the hills are waiting !! In full: 2nd time here, and I seem to bring sunshine ! the delay and then non-delayed start time was a new experience for me, what was that all about ? the route has some views to die for and some hills that could break you spirit. seriously, the last few miles are very hard and slightly hazardous in places. was pleased to finish and would not hesitate to recommend this race-not the greatest crowd support in terms of numbers but the locals are very friendly and encouraging. the stew was a great idea to refuel the runners and showers on site which is great. not the best medal in the world and I would have preferred a t-shirt like last year to the shopping bag but overall for the entry fee very good indeed. massive thanks to everyone involved. see you next year, god willing.
In short: sorry but the bad points outnumbered the good. In full: PLEASE take the following as constructive criticisms; firstly to get to the first drinks stop to be told sorry we have no cups is poor, bordering on unforgivable. we passed the ten mile marker and had one cup which was less than half full-and it was a very hot day. the route was fairly well marshalled but was light on further drinks stops. to the finish then and I was disappointed to receive the same medal as those who did the 10k the day before !! some may say this is sad, it may well be but its the truth. then I went to get my t-shirt and asked for a medium to be told we are trying to keep them for the ladies. as a result I had an extra large which will be given away since I am 5 foot 6 and around 10 1/2 stone. after a shower I then found out there was no water left for the marathon runners. may I suggest you put a bottle in the goody bag to stop people taking more than one each. very sorry but travelled up and stopped in hotel etc and the cost involved etc and I got home feeling rather let down. if this event continues simple improvements need to be made otherwise I wont return.
In short: changes were for the better In full: firstly, the debacle of last years start has now been rectified and also a medal that says marathon and not event are welcome changes, clearly the committee listened so well done. the following constructive points for this year would be that there was great difficulty in spotting all the mile markers so pacing was very difficult-this needs improvement. my running colleague ran with a blind runner and finished in under 5 hours but all the goody bags had gone which is not good, they paid their money so were entitled to a goody bag. finally, the marshalls were very good and supportive but there were none present at around 14 miles when having to cross the road with traffic coming both ways. this was potentially very dangerous. to close, the race has improved from recent years and the chip timing was great. come on wolvo lets do even better next year, but thanks to everyone who helped. good work, a good day out at my local marathon. UP THE WOLVES !! Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: where are the goody bags mate ? In full: a lovely scenic run and very well organised by super friendly marshalls which was great. however, particularly on such a hot day handing out half full small cups at the water stations could have better. also, as one lad asked me at the end where are the goody bags mate-answer you dont get anything. a bottle of water/pop and a chocolate bar is not too much to ask is it when you need to refuel ? Date of review: August 24, 2009
In short: another great event in the isle of man In full: once again a pleasure to visit the island and complete the isle of man marathon. excellent organisation from the moment the laid on coaches take you to ramsey to the time you get back to douglas. super facilities at the start/finish and a buffet from heaven to replenish all the runners. third time here and will be back for sure, cant speak highly enough of the evevt and would recommend it to anyone. hope the event continues to grow because it really deserves to. well done everyone involved, good work. Date of review: August 11, 2009
In short: thanks to everyone involved, cracking day. In full: live locally and this race is great. did it last year and roped a few running friends together and we all enjoyed it. the bag transfer is good and a nice warm shower so close to the finish line was great. we took up the 2 for 1 offers in the pitcher & piano (would have been rude not too) and had a great day out. thanks very much to all involved, deffo be back next year especially now the medal and goody bag have improved. the system giving your finish time was a nice touch, good work. happy, happy days. Date of review: July 5, 2009
In short: great weekend away In full: travelled down from the midlands for the weekend so with petrol and two nights digs etc a bit costly but well worth it. marshalls galore and also plenty water all the way round, sponges would have been appreciated to be honest. the medal was nice and the t-shirt top drawer, excellent. have done over 100 marathons/half marathons and this ranks well in the top. great race, see you again next year. Date of review: June 22, 2009