In short: Excellent Event, goody box and medals bigger than Disney In full: An excellent race, a benchmark for race organisation. My first time here, but have already signed up for next year for another go. Like many others the heat took its toll and scuppered my time aims, but had such a good time it didn't matter.
Loved the personal drinks station- the first time I've been able to run a long distance without having to carry anything. The marshals, drinks station and volunteers were all really supportive and friendly. The touch of a reverse runner looking out for everyone and supporting and encouraging was a stroke of genius.
tzruns are incredibly generous for the race fee with a great goody box, the infamous mega medal (which weighs heavier than my Disney ones) the drinks/food station which you were in danger of gaining weight while running a marathon and the free photos. The venue is a lovely place and well equipped for the numbers with plenty of facilities.
In short: Good City Centre race, great atmosphere In full: 2nd year of this race. The HM course is challenging with some steep inclines if you're from East Anglia! The scenery was changing from urban to park and woodland which was nice. Can be crowded as you have everyone in the first half, but it did thin out a bit towards the end.
Good Local Support and an excellent vibe in the race viallge. Didn't like the metal tracks to negotiate coming back into the park/finsh area, but otherwise a great day. Not the cheapest HM, but well organised, Water is plentiful and abundant- Edinburgh could learn a lot from this model of multi races on the same course. Will definitely be back to have another go or maybe try the full marathon. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Excellent race, well supported and great vibe In full: First time here,, I did the half, my husband did the full race. We both enjoyed the event, the HM part of the course is hard and hilly to us East Angular residents, but the parks were very nice to run round. Toilets at the start were plentiful and abundant and still in a useable condition when I finished the HM! Race Village was excellent and kept me occupied while waiting for my husband to finish. Will definitely be back next year Date of review: September 17, 2010
In short: Nice race, very flat, not as windy as in previoous years In full: Nice race as usual from Thorney. The course is very flat and ideal as a first race. It can get windy and exposed on the fen road, but it wasn't as bad this year as in previous years.
25th anniversary momento was a bit mean- we've had nicer bags from the folks at Thorney and was expecting something a bit more special for the 25th anniversary.
I would like to suggest that the joining instructions are updated to clearly state the rules about headphones etc as there was no mention of it on my instructions and had there been, there would have been no need for the referee to enforce the rule during the race. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Well organised, friendly, fast,flat race In full: A fast flat course, although the Fen roads offer no shelter from the wind when it starts to blow. I always enjoy Thorney races, they are well organised excellent marshalls. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Another excellent event. great race and atmosphere In full: One of my favourite races of the year. I love this event, it's a nice run around the fen countryside, The piper at the top of the hill is a welcome sight as you know you're near the end. Weather was kind to us today and actually felt quite mild once you got going. And you get a beer at the end of the race:-) Date of review: December 31, 2009
In short: Well organised, friendly race In full: Good Marshalling, this is a a nice race round the countryside. The Fen landscape is rather open and exposed, so there is norespite fromt he wind, but as it's as flat as a flat thing flattened not surprising. Only thing that marred my race was yet again having to deal with inconsiderate elite runners cooling down on the race course, getting in the way of us slower runners still racing. Date of review: October 27, 2009
In short: Fast, flat and a good vibe In full: This is my local race and I love runnign it. so it's not scenic and not pretty, but it is well supported and the atmosphere is lovely. Running the route the opposite way round made the route faster as there seemed to be more downhill sections in places.
I didn't b this year as I have been injured, but if the route is the same as this years in 2010 I will definitely be on for a massive pb:-) Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Well organised and friendly race In full: First time here. Enjoyed the event very much. Water was plentiful and abundant at the many stations around the airfield. The marshalls were friendly and efficient. Special mention to the 2 girls near the gatehouse who cheered and clapped every runner going by:-)
The airfield section is rather souless, but you did feel you were getting somewhere with the changing scenery. The course is quite undulating- the hill at the start was a surprise to us. Will definitely be back as an ear infection and injury cost me a decent time, so will return to try for a better result. Date of review: July 22, 2009
In short: Lovely scenery and great support, Water situation was a disgrace In full: I enjoyed myself at this race, mainly because I employed a survival rather than PB strategy from the start,taking the heat into account. There are no excuses for the first water station to be dry- I was at the front of the Blue pen and did panic when I realised my own 1.2 litre bottle might have to last me a long way. The kindness of supporters was much appreciated when word got round about the lack of water and people shared what they had. In a marathon it shouldn't be a lottery about whether you get water. If faster runners were taking 2 bottles or more, shame on them, it is so selfish and disrespectful to us slower folks, who are going to be out there for twice as long as them. I finished in 5:25, and was probably one of the last to be allowed the Gosford loop. I would do this race again, but I would bring my camelbak next time to make sure I have enough water, but I shouldn't have to if a marathon is properly organised.
The reunion area was non existent, I went the wrong way out of the stadium and had problems finding my family as there was no-one available to ask. This was a problem on the course as well- lack of marshalls.