In short: Lovely to Meander with Hermes In full: First time to this event, but thoroughly enjoyed it. The Thames Path is great to run along, although always busy, loads to see. Surprised to see the complaints about the lumpy terrain and lack of food, water and aid stations. The amazing baked treats are always a highlight of a Hermes event and this one was no exception, as it was an out-and-back course, the aid stations were visited twice and all of them were happy to fill water bottles for runners. There was also plenty of cakes, water etc. after the finish line, perhaps some people were too tired to notice. I thought the path was in pretty good condition, certainly better than most trail footpaths. I didn't really like the extra loop at the end of the event, it is always mentally tough to go past the finish and have to do more miles, but I understand this is being changed next year. Maybe a urinal for the men would be a good idea too, to help cut the queue for the toilets. Lovely medal, pleased to add that to my collection. Looking forward to the winter event, thanks again to Hermes for such a good day! Date of review: August 24, 2014
In short: Another excellent KRR In full: Highly recommended event. On the face of it, running lots of laps might seem like a boring prospect, but the beauty of this course is that it is small enough that you can always see other runners and there's plenty of opportunities to cheer for your friends. The medal is awesome, the goody box was excellent and there is nothing that could be faulted in the organisation. The cyclopark has very good facilities, is very handy for the motorway and has a Morrisons next door, for last minute supplies. No wonder the eventis so popular! Looking forward to next year's event and the apparently even more awesome medal. Date of review: June 2, 2014
In short: A few minor niggles, but a very enjoyable event overall In full: I thought the corrals at the start were rather chaotic with some very slow runners being much too far forward, but luckily the roads were wide enough to get past them. Generous supply of gels, water and Lucozade sport, interesting course, great medal and t-shirt, free pint of beer and live bands afterwards. Will definitely be back. Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: Even the weather couldn't dampen this one! In full: First time at this event, but what a corker. The beautiful North Downs makes for a fantastic course, the marshals were fantastic (yes, the manic marshal just below St Martha's was still cheering when we came through), aid stations well-stocked and plentiful and bless all those volunteers for standing out in what was at times pretty unpleasant weather. Lousy completion time for us, due to husband recovering from chicken pox, but now we have a good excuse to come back next year and beat our times! Great t-shirt, medal and mug as well. The tech shirts being sold are excellent value. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Superb race that will get better as the venue develops In full: This is a very good venue for a looped marathon. There are excellent on-site facilities and the course is interesting and will get better as the greenery develops. Very well organised, amazing medal and nice goody bag. Thoroughly recommended. Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: A real Christmas Cracker! In full: First time at this event and definitely not the last! Really enjoyed the course, thought the support from the spectators was great, the mud was a challenge, but nothing good trail shoes couldn't cope with. Very well organised with a very nice medal and a nice goody bag. Date of review: December 23, 2012
In short: Such a disappointment, should be so much better In full: Can't believe that such a fabulous venue as Rutland Water was wasted. The weather was appalling, which no-one can control, but the main problem with this event was the feeling of being short-changed. For the price, it simply does not represent value for money. There are no toilets at the start line, I only occasionally spotted gels, nothing else in the way of food, terrible 'goody bag', terrible vest (why would I want to advertise Fat Feet, rather than the Rutland Water Marathon?)and the certificate was completely pointless.
I really hope the organisers raise their game,it is hard to see that there are many repeat-entrants after this year. Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: Please do it again next year! In full: My husband and I both ran this. We had no idea what to expect and having never been to Yarmouth before, our expectations were low. We loved it! It was the first time in my 22 marathons, his 10, that we have run the whole distance together, as neither of us were on peak form and were aiming to 'get round' rather than 'PB' and we had a great time looking at all the attractions, watching the other runners, deciding which burger stall we were going to afterwards etc. The docks area was challenging mentally, similar to the power station stage at Brighton, but helped by the marshall with the loud sound-system at the end. As everyone else has said, the marshalls were brilliant - how they kept cheerful in such awful weather, I don't know. Thanks, GYRR, for a great event. Date of review: October 23, 2012
In short: Very very tough event In full: This was unquestionably the hardest event I have ever done. I think we were very lucky that the weather was good on the day and in the run up to the event, otherwise the terrain would have been even harder - can't imagine how difficult The Beast would have been after 6 laps of runners churning it up. I ache in muscles I never knew I had.
The scenery is lovely and the event was very well organised. Not sure I would do it again, I don't mind multi-lap events, but the field that started the lap became a bit tedious after a few laps. Great goody bag and the t-shirt was brilliant. Nice idea to get everyone to wear them for the race in return for a donation to the RNLI, the only trouble was that it then became difficult to recognise your friends at a distance with everyone wearing black. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Interesting first half, dull second half In full: This is the second time I have entered this event. It is very well organised, marshalled and provisioned. The supply of water and gels is among the most generous you will find in any event. The downside to the event is the course. The first half is undulating, but goes through some interesting places. The second half, while being flat, unfortunately is a bit dull and this makes it difficult mentally, as not only are you trying to fight fatigue, you are also fighting boredom. Not much the organisers can do about that, after all, that's the geography of the area, but it does make a difference to the overall enjoyment of the event. Date of review: September 3, 2012