In short: Hard but worth it In full: It really is a lovely course but hard. The first and last sections are through a housing estate but after that you are into lovely Warwickshire countryside - and it's undulating. Actually, undulating does not do this justice. The organisation is spot on from changing rooms and secure baggage storage to tea and cakes afterwards. Lovely event and nice long sleeved shirt afterwards. Perfect for the upcoming winter sessions. I should point out that this is part of the Warwickshire Road Race League series though open to everyone. It does mean there are a lot of club vests and lots of good runners around to work off. Date of review: September 9, 2015
In short: It really hurts ... In full: Very challenging but great fun and worth every bit of pain. Take the time to look around you and remember why you go running. Makes an excellent training run for autumn marathons too. Very friendly and plenty of marshals Date of review: August 21, 2012
In short: What hurts more - hills or nettles ? In full: Splendid race. Really is "multi terrain". Some very taxing hills especially one made of sand. You need to leave any pb hopes at home and race against the other competitors instead. Could do with someone trimming the nettles as some of the pathways were very tight and nettles hurt even when racing.
A summer Saturday evening is a great time for a race too. Date of review: August 17, 2012
In short: Interesting range of scenery and areas In full: Relatively big field so I imagine it gets congested further back on tight paths in first 5k. Towards the front it was fine. Interesting course with most inclines in the first 5k. Part of Warwickshire Road Race League so quite a lot of club vests present although this seemed perfectly fine for fun runners and first timers too Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Hard work but fun In full: Nice run - makes a difference from pounding the roads. I found the course hard though. Mile and a half straight down hill followed by the next 4 miles or so back up according to my Garmin. Would like to try it again knowing what was in-store. Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: slick organisation and superb value In full: Good testing course makes excellent prep for spring marathon. Organisation is super slick with plenty of water stops, gels and sweets. Excellent hoody and goody bag. Fab race Date of review: March 19, 2012
In full: I was looking for a fast, flat marathon which, baring the weather, this should be. Drinks stations were plentiful and everything ran smoothly until the end. Being around the 3 hour mark I was spared subsequent problems at the finish. Many people have reported problems for friends and spectators but this did not affect me either as I was on my own so I was lucky.
The fact that it goes out of the city for most of the run makes it a potentially fast run but will spoil it for some who are looking for the big city feel and some sightseeing.
If it is always windy in Edinburgh then changing the course to give some shelter would be good. I have never ran into anything like that before for the last 8 miles.
In short: Hard but worth it. Excellent marathon warm up In full: Lovely race in lovely countryside. Undulating does not do it justice. Great support from the marshals but don't expect crowds or even huge numbers in the race. Field was generally strung out which makes this as much a mental test as a physical one.
One of the best race T-shirts I've seen and lovely cakes and refreshment. Date of review: May 2, 2011
In full: Very tough course and conditions this year did not help. Still, it's all very doable even for road runners especially if marathon training. No mile markers so that can play havoke mentally when you really want to stop.
Shame to focus on being a training run for those preparing for a marathon but given the time of year it's always going to attract a lot with that in mind and for those I would recommend it. Respect to those you raced it in it's own right - you're tough as boots Date of review: February 28, 2011