In short: tough day at the office !! In full: the organisation from the start , during and at the finish was extremely good and smooth. it is as mentioned a hilly course in places and thankfully it did cloud over otherwise it would have been too hot. personally, I found the course very repetitive and not as scenic as others describe it. the plastic cups were not ideal, I would prefer bottles on such a warm day. have done quite a few marathons now and I would not rate this in my top 5. congratulations and thanks to ALL the volunteers and marshalls, job well done.
In short: p.b. broke 1 30 In full: the scenery is not the best in the world but the organisation was top drawer and the goody bag excellent making this race well worth the trip from dingle land. broke my pb by almost 3 minutes and to break 1 30 was a target I never thought I would actually achieve. arguably my best running day ever and thanks to all the organisers. to close, separate changing areas for male and female runners would be a good idea.
In short: mud mud and more mud In full: done 40 marathons and never ever ran in conditions like this ! not experienced running like this since being at school and had to pay to do it. to be fair the marshalls were numerous and very good at times but to be honest I thought this run was dangerous in places and was pleased to finish with both trainers still on. also, the worst "prize" I have received on any run which would have been thrown away but had to keep it out of novelty value. I think the spelling is wrong, am I the only one to notice this ? uffmoor/uffmore, you decide.
In short: very well organised, great marshalling. In full: ok, the scenery on this run is nothing to right home about but the marshalling all the way round was in my opinion top class. flat course so pb's very possible and an excellent start/finish area. plenty of nice touches to the day and a lovely cup of tea and some biscuits at the finish. massive thank-you and congratulations to EVERYONE who made this event so worthwhile. marshalls, you were fantastic.
In short: what a disastrous start/finish In full: good news-now a decent medal and t'shirt. bad news-chaotic start ! firstly, why change the start procedure from previous years on the road outside west park ? if runners can run on this road in the race then why cant we start here. the top end runners were made to run around much slower relay runners and weave in and out to run at their pace. with the amount of runners involved starting areas based on predicted times would be useful. also, on the second lap of the marathon cars are too close to the runners. after over 20 miles dont really like cars within a metre of me !! being a local lad, will always support my local marathon BUT simple improvements are needed. to close, thanks to the marshalls who were very supportive-it is appreciated. Date of review: September 8, 2008