In short: My first on-road non-big city marathon and I loved it! In full: Huge thanks to the organisers of this race. Fabulous facilities at the start/finish area and minimal queues for the ladies for a change. Marshalls supportive and helpful. Technical t-shirt. Just the right sort of goody bag. And of course I'm not in the slightest bit influenced by the fact that I got a PB ;-) Date of review: October 18, 2009
In short: Big improvements needed in the organisation but a nice course In full: Where to start?
Long delay to the start because of disorganised parking arrangements. The organisers were fortunate that it was not raining. Minimal refreshments on site.
Lengthy race briefing that included a blow by blow description of the route.
No warning of the approaching drink stations, drinks only on one side of the course (fine with small numbers but not with this many) and unclear if you were getting a cup with water or orange liquid in.
The bottle neck after the finish where a couple of ladies were doing their best to retrieve our chips.
The 'goody' bag that was a waste of space.
The strange drink at the finish that looked like washing up liquid.
The final e-mail about the race enthused about artworks at each K marker - where were they?
BUT I enjoyed the race itself and did my best time this year so not all bad. Plus as I parked elsewhere and ran down to Sixfields I may have got away before those stuck in the car parks at the end.
I may do this again in a couple of years once I've seen if they can improve the running of it.
In short: Just a few hills In full: Generally a good race and although I hit the 10K back markers from 3.5 miles they didn't cause me much of a problem. Happy to start at 11 as wanted to get some running in the heat under my belt.
Only concern was that the water station around 4.5 miles had already run out by the time I got there and wasn't restocked leaving no water stations from 10.5 miles until the finish. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Good training run for those doing a spring marathon as long as you don't mind laps. In full: Well organised with plenty of supportive marshalls although I did feel I needed a label towards the end of lap 3 as others were about to finish. You can hear 'not far to go' too many times when you still have another 5 to do! Plenty of water and a decent goody bag. Only downside was the difficulty getting away from the car park at Ruislip Lido. Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: A reasonable 10K with not too far to travel for it. In full: Organisation as good as ever but with 1 or 2 misplaced distance markers. Didn't like the gravel bit near the end and really didn't like the woman who turn her car across in front of me in the main street. Date of review: June 29, 2008
In short: Fab, fab, fab! In full: Amazing organisation (not their fault our bus driver missed a turning) with the addition of glorious weather. The relay meant that there were plenty of supporters at the points where we crossed the roads and headed upwards. Liked being able to start 30 min earlier as it meant us slower runners had company all the way. Date of review: June 14, 2008
In short: Even the Lincolnshire hills couldn't spoil it! In full: Easy to park, relatively short queues for the toilets inside and nice hot showers afterwards. The support out on the course from both marshalls and onlookers was great, making even the hills seem not quite so bad. My only quibble would be the amount of water in the cups, I really should have drunk 2 to go with my gels. Maybewe could have bigger cups next year please? Date of review: February 10, 2008
In short: Mud, mud, glorious mud In full: Only entered 3 weeks ago when we were allowed to transfer an entry but despite the lack of training I had a whale of a time and a still finding the bits of mud I've missed :-)
Car parking - I arrived by 10 as advised and had no problem but they really need to put some marshalls there afterwards, 5 lines of traffic heading for one exit needs some controlling.
Marshalls - despite being told there were plenty around the course there was actually a distinct lack of them, not good for this type of race.