In short: Not for me. In full: I found the course boring and even the challenge of the hills did not make up for it. I wasn't impressed with the organisation - I entered online and had to pick up my number on the day. The online information was lacking in any detail and I had to turn up and hope I could find where I needed to be. The race information was inside the race envelope - little use as I had already arrived. Technical t-shirt is a good fit, however I am not keen on the design so it will become a throw t-shirt for another race. Too many runners with head phones with no general awareness of other runners. The support en route however was tremendous and the unofficial water points and water sprays were very welcome - thank you people of Hanley! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: What else could you want from a marathon? In full: Loved this race. It is now my pb race and the first time I've got sub 4 so if you train for the hills it's there for the taking (and you can more than make up the time on the downhills). The atmosphere is uplifting and the 10-in-10ers utterly humbling. I would also recommend taking advantage of the B&B offer to stay at Brathay - it makes it all the more civilised that your shower is 100yds from the finish! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: A great debut! In full: You wouldn't believe this was Bentham Beagles first running of this event; for a new running club it was a triumph. The organisation was faultless, with plenty of encouraging marshals. The cake at the end was excellent too.
The course was fairly tough, but to be expected if you have any knowledge of the area. The start is located at the bottom of a river valley so there's only one way out from there - up! Once the majority of the climbing is out of the way there are spectacular views across the the valley to Ingleborough (and Whernside I think!). The last mile is a quick downhill too.
A excellent addition to the racing calendar, I hope to be back next year. Date of review: July 25, 2012
In short: Tough. Stunning. Unforgetable. In full: This was my first marathon and I was not disappointed. I have done a number of the other Lakeland Trail races so the terrain and underfoot conditions were not suprising to me. In truth I was anticipating worse ascents! What were people expecting from a trail race in The Lakes?!
I did the challenge and I particularly liked the support and encouragement I got as I was overtaken by a number of the Trail racers, the majority commented as they flew past.
There was water at the finish that was shaded and readily available, though maybe just needed to be better signed? Date of review: July 4, 2011