In short: Run it before and would do it again for sea views and Christmas feel In full: Downs: yes I missed start also (I was a wimp sheltering inside expecting an announcement!), and do agree that probably was too many runners now for the start facilities and several narrow points on course.
But outweighed by positives of coastal views at most times, Christmas / fun feel, good marshalling, fair amount of support, well stocked aid stations, nice medal, tasty hot soup and French bread plus mince pie at finish. I'd say that is value for £20 entry, and anything in a goody bag on top is a bonus (and was).
I was around 4 hour mark and was over ankle deep in the sea, but my feet were sodden by then already and I'd be disappointed if they dropped the beach sections - they make it for a largely off road marathon. If you want PBs go for a big city marathon in Spring! Date of review: December 23, 2013
In short: Hope it runs again, as I would be back In full: Second time here with first being 4 years ago I think. Signage is much improved and enough to keep you on course, plus you have added safety nets of detailed route description provided and even printing some A-Z pages yourself.
Very friendly run, well organised and first class CPs - friendly, helpful and well stocked. Green chain is full of really good routes and sights and this run brings together many of them. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: 6th time for the marathon here and I'd do it again In full: Gutted for both runners and organisers to hear about the route error for the group behind the lead runner. Really sorry to hear.
Where I was in the middle of the pack there were no issues and all ran as smooth as previous years I'm pleased to say.
Beautiful run, easily flat enough if you're a PB chaser, loads of water and gels through second half, good atmosphere amongst runners, marshalls and seasiders, and so much for rest of family to enjoy while waiting for me to amble back.
Thanks again Thanet! Date of review: September 4, 2013
In short: Pretty course and you can see that it is organised by experienced runners In full: Friendly, well organised, good value (with nice tech shirt and medal), enough water and food stations in reasonable locations for where you need them. Course is not easy but mild compared with downs trail marathons, and it was so much easier this year without the deep mud! A slow run for me after a tough week's mileage but it's also a nice spot to relax afterwards with your family and enjoy the day. Date of review: May 8, 2013
In short: my second marathon with Trionium and again tough run but very good! In full: Tough run, not much easier than likes of BHM I think, but great organisation, good atmosphere and really nice touches - good medal, mug, best t-shirt I think that I've had, free tea before and cooked breakfast after, swim I believe (personally I'd spent enough time in water with all those puddles on course!), well stocked drink stations, etc. Really good - well done to Rob and his team! Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: enjoyable day, well marshalled In full: In the heat, very much appreciated the well stocked and multitude of drinks stations - better than many ultras, which the marathon felt like this year in the heat! Good atmosphere at finish - my wife and kids still rate this on our third visit as one of best for spectating at with so much to do and enjoyable feel Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: 4th time and I'll look forward to being back In full: I love running by the sea and this is a really nice route. You can see that this race is organised by a friendly club, experienced in both running in events and organising their own. Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: brutal In full: Can't be any complaints - they certainly didn't hide how tough it would be and it lived up to it! T-shirt is great and medal (my kids, who are much more into the bling!, tell me) is biggest and one of best. Drink / food stations were well stocked even towards end and marshalled by fantastic people who really appreciated what you were going through and supported you (hard work on such a long afternoon!). A real sense of pleasure in completing that, even compared with other ultras - but whilst I've ticked the box for 'would you do it again', I did so out of support for such a great race rather than actually feeling up for it in any way yet! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: 3rd time here for marathon and hope to be back next year In full: Local for me which helps, but I do really like the low key and supportive organisation here. They raise funds for a good charity and make all feel part of that. I don't think that the hills are too bad on this course, but road junctions are less pleasant! But at least you know what to expect on second lap and well marshalled as ever though. Distance must be at least accurate now! Also did the family 4k at end with my kids which they love each year Well done once again to Footsteps and hope to be back again next year! Date of review: May 14, 2012