In short: a marathon of two halves In full: Running the full marathon, it was a busy start mixed in with the masses running the half. As such, it was hard to pace, and was running 6.30 miles till we split off at mile 11!! The first half is city based, with stretches round the uni, boots campus plus past some of the cites famous landmarks. Once we split at 11 miles, I was suddenly running with 4 or 5 more runners and settled into a calmer pace. Running out of the city, the support dwindled but a high number of enthisiastic marshalls encouraged you along the scenic parkland and lakes, though some stretches of trail and grass weren't too welcome. Lots of hydration stops on a perfectly calm, if hot autumn day were most welcome, as was the return leg back into the city and the grandstand finish. The medal was also one of the best i've ever received. Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Great pre-marathon long race over scenic undulating course In full: Great pre-marathon long race over scenic undulating course, great support from marshals, good race hq at sport centre with free cakes, massage, etc. And for the entry fee, a nice t-shirt and gingerbread man!! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: What goes up must come down, but goes up again at the end. In full: I ran this race last year and found it a highlight of my year. So this year, having only recently run a marathon, I decided to do it again at short notice. Whilst that didn't help my time, it couldn't fault what is one of the finest marathons in the UK. Not massive numbers, but a suburb course (the lakes shone that day!), magnificent organisation with supportive marshals, a true family atmosphere and a lovely slate medal at the end. Truly great. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Pb course along the busy front, but dull second part In full: Fast and flat course but low attendance, especially for the full marathon. Couldn't see why they had another half only a fortnight ago. Should of been one lap for full marathon which would be better and would do it again if it was. Date of review: March 12, 2012
In short: potential to be great if they sorted out the niggles In full: I may be looking at the race through rose tinted glasses as i loved the race - but it was my first time in Birmingham, my place of birth, for over a decade. I was lucky enough to be near the start, but the fraustrated as people pilled into the elite area, including a giant chicken. The first mile was then spent dodging slower runners and probably cost a good minute or so in lost pace.
Once settled though, being near the front allowed for a great, sunny crisp autumns day passing places of my childhood.
I don't remember Brum being so hilly, and the one at 11-10m was a killed which blew any PB chances. Again the finish was OK for me, but by the sounds if it, will definitely need improving for next year.
Perhaps it should start and finish at Cannon Hill park? Date of review: October 28, 2010
In short: unique race that is very memorable and for a good cause In full: having run this the first two years, and then taken a break, I was very pleased to see the organisation had been greatly improved, with great marshalling and a superb reception from the crowd at the finish, which mad up for the quiet on the sands, bar the marshalls who all cheered me along quite nicely. Although dearer than most races, i totally appreciate the costs that must go into organising the event, and found the t-shirt a lot funkier than most (although i would take a medal any day of teh week). A great run overall. Date of review: June 9, 2010