In short: Never again In full: I Will not be recommending this race to anyone. Not one person in the ladies changing rooms, or in the bus queue had a good word to say about this race. 7 mile headwinds is always going to be tough on a slight incline finish, but then it's down to the race organisers to make that vanish from the minute you see the finish line, and beyond. Hotel prices tripled. No-one checked you had a race number before you entered the start pen - a free race option for some people. I witnessed a chap turning round and crossing over, somewhere around the 14 or 15 mile point due to lack of marshalls etc. Ok, he cheated, but it just does something to your brain when you witness something like that. Benches and people blocking the run path. Way too narrow run path for that many people. So many bottlenecks in the first 2 miles so we came to a complete stop. Poor run surface in the woods loop. Finish tunnel bottleneck took half an hour before squeezing through tiny exit area, rammed with 'spectators'. Miserable T-shirt hander-outers. Overpriced refreshments at finish. £6.50 for a burger...really??? One medal ribbon for all race distances. No date on medal or t-shirt. Medal nice shape - different to other marathons. As always, t-shirts way too big for women anyway - tho nice sport fabric. Would be nice to see a juicy apple in the goody bag. Or something savoury. Who can face another sugary drink at this point? It felt like a long wait til I reached the water table. And even longer til I got my bag, and could then add my recovery drink powder to the water! If this was your 1st marathon (or intended to be your only marathon) please do another one. This really is not a good example.
In short: 9 and a half out of ten In full: Would have given it 10/10 except for the fact that the medals were the same for both races! Would have been nice for the extra effort that the half-narathoners put in to be recognised, even in a small way on the medal or ribbon. By the time we got back, all the freebie goodies had been nabbed by the 10k runners! Which cheeky devils took 2 bananas? ;-) Date of review: March 24, 2011
In short: Brass Monkeys! Icy headwinds that didn't ease off. In full: Water given out in plastic cups at 3 mile intervals. Terrible! Wasn't aware the race has started, or exactly WHERE the start line was! Despite a moderate air temperature of 10 degrees (in which I normally sweat buckets!) the icy head winds made the temperature plummet to the point that knees turned to balls of ice. It took every last microgram of my willpower to run past the finish line and start the third lap. Awful experience. If you want to run at that time of year...go to Lisbon!!! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Hilly. Generous 3 water stations. Excellent atmosphere! In full: A toughish 10k due to the hills. Extrememly well organised. Lovely atmosphere. No pushing and shoving at all! Plenty of room to overtake. A good spacious feel. Date of review: June 16, 2008