In short: What a wonderful race. In full: Beautiful course on quiet country roads through stunning countryside. The marshals were the most experienced and enthusiastic that I have known in a marathon and I would guess they are all runners. Generous goody bag. A very friendly race and superbly organised. I do hope this event returns to the race calendar very soon. Date of review: May 26, 2014
In short: Scenic course on quiet country roads. In full: Well organised, cheerful and kind marshals, lots of jelly babies at the drink stations. Would have preferred a medal to a shirt. Most enjoyable race, great venue. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Short course and not a road marathon In full: Advertised everywhere as a road marathon and it's not, probably a quarter of the course is off road and I've since discovered that the UKA permit is indeed for a Multi terrain event. Very disappointed, I wasted a weekend and a lot of money going to Jersey to do this race. The course was also short so not as many folk did PB's as they thought. The first half of the course is lovely. Good support and kind marshalls but not one marshall did anything about the idiots wearing headphones, which were supposed to be banned from this race. I did speak to the race director and he didn't seem to be aware that the race was advertised as road! But he did apologise (he was a very nice chap) but I doubt they'll do anything to put this right so I will have to take the matter further. Date of review: October 4, 2011
In short: Lack of marshalls and signage spoiled the day In full: Unfortunately due the lack of marshalls and poor signage my race was spoilt. Shame as it's such a good venue. Basic inexperience in race organisation I guess. Some of the marshalls hadn't been advised how to marshall either, I had to ask one 3 times which way to go, eventually then I had to stop running and ask her was it LEFT or RIGHT!!! At several key places there were no signs or marshalls and as in most races you can follow the runner in front, it wasn't possible to do this as so many runners were out training in the park.
Some runners told me that for each of the 3 larger laps they had run a slightly different route.
Lack of hot drinks to purchase was very disappointing too. Date of review: May 16, 2011
In short: Beautiful course, almost traffic free, superb organisation In full: I was not looking forward to the towpath section but that turned out to be a wide tarmac road with a good running surface and it was a joy to run on. Undulating section in first half then flat all the way to the finish. It was great to run back into Newry with the roads safely coned off, police and marshalls stopping any traffic for safe and efficient crossing. Race venue was lovely, no toilet queues! Great medal and t-shirt too. I'll be back. Date of review: May 27, 2009