In short: You can tell when events are organised by experienced runners. In full: Did the 12 hours - the marathon was good as it gave more runners for a few hours. Interesting 1km lap. Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: One of the best organised road races on the calendar. In full: Tough challenge but a great day out on the moors - great marshalls and organisation and being on a Saturday a great evening can be had socialising.Any beer drinkers need to try "Jail Ale" - brewed in Princetown ! Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: Poor pre-race instructions. In full: Pre-race instuctions, should have mentioned that a timing chip would need to be worn, could have mentioned to have £2 handy for car parking on the day and to allow an hour to get parked ! - also could have told us how many drinks stations to expect and warned us of the very busy main road/traffic on the return on the other side of the lake. Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: Excellent - organisation of route markings has really improved,rest of the organisation as always - first rate.. In full: Great marshalls, on the route and at the checkpoints- however it is a "Tough One" Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: Well organised,some nice scenery between the villages,did anyone else notice the thatched house ? In full: As always,this event is so well organised, from the maps/directions to the wonderful marshals.Its also great to have a large indoor venue to meet with pals both before and after - tellible weather for 2 laps - then some sunshine - but the marshalls smiles all through it ! Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: Good effort but the late start was a real put off !! In full: Like many others - up at 5.00am to get into London to get coach to the start - many of us geting the coach needed a loo before the drive to the start - at least there were trees ? Then after the coach drive - just where were the registration people ? No numbers and chips - just empty tables, eventually arrived - then the queues, first for numbers and chips - then run out of safety pins - then queue again for tags for baggage !
Then - 10.00am start became 10.27am - organisers need to remember people come to this event by planes,trains etc and had other things planned - one lady had flown in from Newcastle and had a return flight to catch - another needed to get to Albert Hall for festival of Remembrance - the late start gave them unecessary stress. Then - the trip round the playing fields was never ending and then we found,after thinking we had run good times that it was a short course. The medal was probably the worst I have ever received at any event, a pity for those completing their first marathon. The entry fee was steep for a trail event, but it was for charity.
Having said that - well done for getting a new marathon on the calendar - great marshalls - if its to grow - needs bigger venue for start, and if you advertise showers - then they need to be at least fairly decent.