In short: A well-organised trail race through lovely private grounds. In full: Thanks to the team for organising this event. The trails through m'Lord's grounds (!) were delightful, traffic-free, and, barring the 25m climb at 5k, flat and easy to run on. Well marshalled, with lots of smily faces, and a goody bag with banana, water, nice heavy medal, T-Shirt and Snickers bar was very welcome. I enjoyed the burger bar as well - shame more people didn't stay at the end to hear the band and chill...
One thing to consider next year, the water stop at the foot of the hill is much better once you've come back down it. You could take water either way, but newbies might not know that and will struggle up the hill with a water bottle, much better when they've come back down. So I would only have it on the flat bit as you round the foot of the hill on lap 2. But really, that's a tiny thing!
Thankyou once again to everyone who made the race possible. I hope it raised lots for Autism Wessex. Date of review: June 23, 2013
In short: London delivers once again the best event in the world! In full: This is my fourth London and fifth marathon. I was delighted with a PB as well. Once again you cannot fault the organisation, the volunteers, and the crowds. They make this the best mass race in the world, and one we can be truly proud of. It is the crowds that make it..oh, and the drummers at mile 6, everybody talks about them! If I had to make it even more special then yes, I would have sized technical T shirts, and maybe consider lucozade in cups. But these are small things compared to the experience and the wonder of this event. Well done once again to the VLM team!!! Date of review: April 23, 2012
In short: Great 10 miler, lots of variety, very well marshalled In full: My first time. A great race - real variety, and so well marshalled! The first couple of miles seem to be constantly uphill, but after that the course is in the countryside around Lee, and that is really good. At mile 9 there is a final incline, and then you can push for the finish. All in all, an excellent 10 miler Date of review: November 6, 2011
In short: Always great, continues to be excellent In full: This is my fourth time at the 20, and I still love this race as marathon prep. The course is excellent, the marshalling flawless, the venue just what you need, and even the walk from the parking is not a huge issue. This year I took a further 5 mins off my PB so I am happy too. Well done to the organisers for putting the 20 milers on the right hand side this time so the quick 10 milers can get away.The set off was just great. A big thanks to all who make this race such a great event, and I am sure i will be back again and again! Date of review: February 24, 2011
In short: Great local race on mixed terrain. Tough but rewarding! In full: Just wanted to say thanks to the organisers who put on an excellent show. Great atmosphere, great course, great marshalls, all very friendly - just..great! The course was excellent, better than 2008 I think, pleased to see you have kept the run in via the bridge. Good stuff! Date of review: September 19, 2010
In short: Great potential, very poor finish organisation, just not enough of Edinburgh In full: The weather is not the organisers fault - but everything else was! I won't repeat what others have said - I just wanted to add my vote so the organisers got the point. And I was furious at seeing how far we had to walk to the buses with not a single marshall - not one. I loved Edinburgh - what a great city - this marathon lets you down. Date of review: May 25, 2010
In short: A brilliant race, well organised, lovely scenery, bit windy along the sea-front. In full: An excellent race, flat enough to do a good time, though not an absolute pure PB race as the route is 50% trail and grass. Mostly car-free, and just really interesting to run, with great views. You couldn't ask for a more friendly race either. Thanks to the organisers, and I hope the RNLI do well out of the event. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Extremely well organised, quick 10 miler. Well done race team! In full: My first go at this course. It's a little bit dull, with the 2 laps of the business park before you head out along fields and country villages. Still parking is not a problem at all - so, every cloud..! Not entirely flat, but very nearly so. Windy today, and there were some exposed stretches where it really caught you. Special mention to the marshalling - really excellent, lovely people, massive coverage - could not fault it. Thanks to the Race Team. PB for me by 3 mins as well today which is going to make me feel good too! Date of review: April 2, 2010
In short: Great race, dreadful weather! In full: My first running of this race. A nice course, great to start and finish at the athletics track. Plenty of space to park etc etc. I was surprised that not all of the changing rooms and loos were open - one men's changing with only two showers was not sufficient. Other than that, great organisation and encouraging marshalling. The weather at the start - oh lordy! - we were huddled together like Emperor penguins! A few slippy grassy bits to watch out for as well Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: My second time - it just gets better - it is the best! In full: What a wonderful race this is, and what a lucky group we are to have this in our city! A brilliant event, how wonderful. Date of review: April 27, 2009