In short: This an excellent race overall, well organised, friendly Marshalls, good local support, great course and the cool sunny (with a dash of snow) weather was perfect. In full: I was looking for PB Marathon course and I'm glad I decided to go for Taunton. It is a fairly fast undulating course with testing hills but also good downhill sections. I my opinion the run up to Oake on the second lap seemed tough but it was still possible to maintain pace through this section. You have to budget some time for the Rumwell Hill but it is fast to the finish from there. I achieved my first sub 3:30 (and some) and even shaved a few secs off my PB half.
The start facilities in SCAT were excellent with plenty of loos throughout the campus and short queues. The course was well signposted with lots of friendly Marshalls, young and old, keeping things in order. The finish line was well organised, with plenty of room & time for Marathon finishers to enjoy the moment. The Medal, T-Shirts and results were promptly posted near the finish line.
A minor suggestion: As there aren't that many Marathon runners I would suggest having water available at the sponge tables on the second lap. Hand out the water and leave the sponges, in water filled trays, as a self-service item on a nearby table. OR just drop the sponges altogether as you can always throw a cup of water over your head. Date of review: April 7, 2008
In short: Energy sapping in the heat! In full: This is a great event to test yourself with. I was forewarned about the steps so no big surprise. I was however surprised by the stream - luckily if you hit it right you don't get too wet at this early stage of the race. It is a pity it was so hot. I'm not sure I would have made it without the majority of the race having tree cover and my trusty water bottle. I had to walk a lot of the hills but don't think I lost too much time there. Great organisation and marshalling all around the trail. Date of review: August 6, 2007
In short: Deja vous hills In full: A great day overall with spot on organisation, marshalling, signs and water points. Still a bit sore 3 days later but it was worth it. Some really long downhill stretches however I am sure that all runners were aware that with each fast downhill meant the same uphill to come. Date of review: July 18, 2007