In short: If you want a PB - do this race In full: A pan flat course perfect for beginners and those looking for a PB. It was a hot day but this helped with the support and encouraged people's friends and family to hang around. If it had been raining it would have been a very different atmosphere. If it had started an hour earlier maybe it would have been better but with a water station every mile and food bags and water at the end they have catered for it very well. I will be back next year to defend my winning lady title!
In short: Well organised local race, well done! In full: Great race in my home town so knew the route well. Started bang on time which meant no hanging around in the cold. Quick 1st half with lots of chatting with other runners. Good support along the way and the marshals were great from those managing the traffic to the water/sponge stations. It was a cold day with snow showers at times to a big well done to them for standing out there for over 4 hours. Thanks guys! Fairly lonely 2nd lap as most of the half marathoners had finished (very jealous of them at mile 13!) but the support form locals/marshals was still fantastic. Got really hard from mile 17 onwards but the words of encouragement from other runners as I passed was amazing, a real sense of being in it together. Good spotting at the end, the commentator had my name called out within seconds of me turning the final corner. An amazing 1st marathon for me (3.39) and my sister was 1st lady! A really well organised event, couldnt have asked for better for my first time around. Should be in London next year but will definitely be back at some point to revist that awful Rumwell Hill! Date of review: April 8, 2008
In short: Challenging but rewarding In full: A good ammount of hills, nice to push yourself on the up and even better to really use the downs. I was glad that the finish was pretty much down hill as the hill just before had taken its toll but I could still get a pretty fast finish. Marshalls were great, the only thing I would say is use cups next year as it seems an awful waste when runners are taking a bottle of water for two mouth fulls then throwing it. Especially when they are given without a top on so you cant even carry it with you. But overall a great, well organised race which I would do again. Thanks to all who were involved. Date of review: March 3, 2008