In short: Superb! Scenery, mud, hills, tea and more tea! In full: A fantastic route, so many climbs, lots of mud, but great run, fantastic marshalls, plenty of fuel at checkpoints and a welcome meal at the finish. Date of review: January 8, 2008
In short: A fantastic event and 2007 my most enjoyable so far! In full: Not my fastest race but perhaps my most enjoyable GNR (number 5). Got to start from the 'elite' runners pen - it was fab! So much space, no crowds, no queues and only metres off the start line. Ran a good 1:23 pace to mile 9 but then legs started to tire (effects of having run to the start from South Shields).
Organisation seems to improve each year, crowds are gernally fantastic but for me the real buzz is the charity village - so many people doing so much good not only for themsleves but for literally hundreds of thousands of other people - and the red arrows to boot!
Looking forward to next year! Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: Great race, tortuous route, but I really enjoyed it! In full: My third Robin Hood and my fastest by 2 minutes. Not sure the first half is any flatter or faster, just felt more twisty. One or two mile markers seemed to be out - which is always frustrating.
I really don't like this course much (and its been blowing a gale each of the last two), but I've run two of my most satisfying marathons here (I know, contradictory or what?), so chances are I'll do it again.
Overall organisation is good, not too crowded despite the numbers, plenty water stations and very helpful marshalls/St Johns Ambulance crew at the finish who helped me recover!
Well done Nottingham! Date of review: September 19, 2007
In short: Brilliant race in wonderful countryside In full: Organisation much improved on last year, no complaints. Definitely 'part-marked', must have run 27 miles (top tip, don't assume the person in front knows where they are going!). Really enjoyed it, great weather, really good course, nice mix of terrain and wonderful scenery. Highly recommended! Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Brilliant Race! Fantastic mix of 'obstacles', plus the train to beat... In full: Really enjoyed this. Much tougher under foot than I expected, but not as hilly as I'd thought. Wasn't expecting to have to climb gates either. Glad I was in fell shoes, don't know how runners in road shoes kept upright (perhaps they didn't!).
Having the train to try and beat also adds an extra edge, kept me going over the last few miles and I think I might have just beat it - literally by seconds.
Great medal, and the sea was warm enough to wash all the mud off in afterwards!
Would be nteresting to run this when dry from a time point of view, but I bet it wouldn't be as much fun! Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: A very fast course, do this for a PB! In full: As a runner, but also a race organiser I'm always very wary of being over critical, but the start area must surely be improved? It was far too narrow for 5,000 + runners and no real organisation for predicted times (though this does take work to get it right - its taken GNR 25 years!!). Still, with chip timing, how long you take to cross the line shouldn't be such an issue. I started at the very back (couldn't face pushing to near the front - which I couldn't actually see!). And then enjoyed a run paced by over-taking people and, despite a hangover, was only 2mins off a PB. I was impressed by the marhsalling and police presence (closing down the A65 is a major achievement!), there were km markers but I only saw two (bigger and brighter perhaps?). I'll be back to try for a PB next year (and no boozy guests the night before!). A few small changes and this could be a superb race. Date of review: November 27, 2006
In short: I loved this! Only did it as I had to drop out of Lochaber and 'needed' a replacement. Great route, good atmosphere, scary cows and killer descents at the end. Highly recommended! Of, and a very useful mug! Date of review: August 14, 2006
In short: Flat course, should have PB potential. Start a bit crowded/chaotic, mile markers all over the place (not helpful) and route not always that well signed. Scenery is also dull. Great fun in the wind and lashing rain yesterday though! Date of review: August 14, 2006
In short: My second go at this race - improved my time by 8 minutes (mostly on the descent!), so well chuffed. Still, took about a week to recover the ability to walk - but an incredibly exhilarating race! Date of review: December 16, 2004