In short: Usually warm to hot, definitely not flat, but not murderous either, welcoming and scenic. In full: Will definitely come back and hope for a slightly cooler day. Marshalls great and thank you all the hoses. I hope you are not on water meters!
Well organised and reasonable value, definitely one of the most scenic routes ever, but an earlier start would help with the lack of shade. Date of review: August 6, 2007
In short: Bit more than undualting, spectacular scenery, worth the trip. In full: A very different marathon. Not one for a PB unless you are a fellrunner. Well organised, with excellent marshalls. Will certainly be back next year, especially if the wether is as good as it was this time so you can admire the views. Date of review: November 20, 2006
In short: Fast, flat and scenic with a good enough spread for all abilities. Not a great deal of crowd support and probably not a good race for spectators except for the track finish. Westher unkind to slower finishers this year but they cannot plan that! Date of review: October 26, 2006
In short: Definitely undulating, well-marshalled, spoiled by lack of decent changing facilities In full: A challenging course, with a fast downhill finish. Mixed scenery, dull road in places. Nice atmosphere, welcoming, with a spread of abilities but this year's event marred by lack of changing for rather wet runners and long delay before presentation. Date of review: September 25, 2006
In short: Well organised but more water stations in yesterday's heat would have been good. In full: Tough scenic course, with a rotten hill at the end. It was so hot yesterday that more sponge and water stations were needed, as 3 miles apart was too much for the slower runners. Well organised with good spectator support given the course. An excellent venue for spectators to wait in good weather as it is child friendly. Date of review: July 3, 2006
In short: First ran this 23 years ago, last time 12 years ago and it has changed a bit. Steep entry fee but when you stay behind and see the clearing up and look at the prize list then you understand a little more how much it costs. In full: Somewhere to warm up and designated meeting points for spectators and supporters would really help. It was a bitter wind to start with and even if you had warmed up, unless you were on the elite start you froze. On the whole well organised, but does not make the most of the city it is held in as the route is rather dull. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Scenic flat course, race could do with better support and promotion. In full: Good race and course spoiled by poor atmosphere at the finish in the Millenium Stadium and a shambles over the prize giving lack of results. Most people, and they were the winners, had gone home. A pity because it was a nice course, although I agree that it is a bit difficult negotiating the half-marathoners on the narrower stretches, and the grass-crete was horrible the second tine round and not too nice the first! Baggage storage was difficult, not secure and diffcult to get to when you have tired legs at the end. Friendly runners taking part though. Someone said it was a warm day ...I was frozen, found the wind cold and did not warm up till 16.30 (I finished just after 12.30) after a large hot meal; maybe he/she ran faster or was out in the sun longer!
In short: Race organised well, but not the prize giving. NO mention made of the fact that it included the Devon AA Championships online, or on joining instructions sent out with number. Annoyed because I would have entered! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Would do this again but make sure I practised running up a hill for two miles with a lead wieght on my thighs first. Would give it a higher rating for organisation except it was difficult to find registration.PB potential if you are a fell runner! Date of review: July 5, 2005