In short: A very well organised race in beautiful surroundings In full: Overall a very enjoyable day! It's difficult to find any faults with this race. The organisation is superb, and apart from one road crossing it is around the trail paths of the Forest of Dean. There are enough hills to give an additional challenge but that makes getting over the finishing line all the more satisfying! Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: A very tough race in a stunning enviroment In full: This is one very tough race in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. There is not one bit of the organisation that I could fault and crossing the finish line felt like a very special achievement.
I do have to agree though with one of the previous comments about how this event is 'sold'. The website does give the idea that these races are accessible to all though some of the terrain is very tough. The race organiser stated that "there are some ups and downs along the 42.2k course it is by no means a 'tough' marathon and I anticipate that we will get a sub 2:30 winner in the Race". I happy accept that there will be more than "some ups and downs" in the Lake District though I do not have access to train on this type of terrain where I live so I did struggle to run in the latter parts of the race because of loose rocks, exposed tree roots, etc.
Despite this, I have to give this event a huge thumbs up - to all you PB chasers who only run flat races: try a REAL race like this! Date of review: July 5, 2011
In short: Beaten by the Coffin Trail again! In full: A top race in stunning surroundings. Very well organised apart from the accuracy of the distance markers! The general concensus post-race was that it was nearer 16.50km, though it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the day - it just left me feeling a bit confused why km 13 took me nearly 20 minutes to run!! Hopefully the measurement of the Coniston trail marathon will be more accurate :o) Date of review: May 10, 2011
In short: More hilly than undulating but enjoyable all the same. In full: This was the first time I have ran this race and I thought it was a very well organised race in beautiful surroundings. I found some the hills hard work, but some of this was down to my lack of fitness due to having a long lay off because of injury more than anything else! I definitely will be back next year. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Made een better by the good weather! In full: It's the third time I have done this but the first time in sunny weather. It was a hard slog but the views on the descent were simply stunning and capped a very enjoyable day.
Despite some of the frankly embarrassing comments previously made about the organisation it was actually spot on. As I read the race information I had no problems with parking and knew to carry a water bottle as there were no water stations on the course. There's also a reasonable description of the course terrain so a first-timer may know that they will get their trainers a little dirty!
I ran it with a friend - it was his first race of this kind and he said it was the best thing he's done in years. Enough said! Date of review: September 6, 2010
In short: Different from the norm, but it works very well. In full: I would have enjoyed it much more if it was a little cooler but the organisers can't control the weather! A different, well put together race - well done to the organisers. Date of review: July 4, 2010