In short: 48 hours later and still hurting...still having nightmares about miles 11-12. Fab race! In full: Fantastic organisation and great course. Whoever thought this course up clearly needs careful watching when there is a full moon. Fab day out except between miles 11 and 12, which lasted about 6 miles, not one (I'm sure of it!!). Date of review: July 17, 2007
In short: Great reaction to the bomb scare but the organisers could have made this a LOT better with minimal effort. Many little touches could be added to make it a 100%er. In full: Thanks for letting the race continue after the bomb scare. It’s not your fault idiots live there while re-routing the course so quickly was a first class job. Well done.
Re the race: excellent course if you want a PB; scenic in places and virtually dead flat. Relay runners are an excellent idea as they keep the tempo up and I always had company; water stops were adequate and the people/organisers extremely friendly, especially the lady who took my chip off at the end (apologies for not being very talkative if you are reading this but I thought I was about to pass out)
With a little bit of extra oomph, this could be a top-class marathon. * Separate the marathon runners, relay runners and walkers at the beginning. * Have a separate finish area for us marathon runners who have slogged it out for 26 miles instead of 2.6 miles! * Why did we have to walk a mile after the finish to pick up our bags? * No spacesuits at the end to do above walk in! (And a bag of crisps at the finish? (They were yummy but only three hours later!)) * More prominent mile makers * Do we really have to go down an industrial estate at the end, just as we are all dying?
Totally agree with the poster below who says this has great potential but the organisers could learn a lot from visiting similar sized events in England. Date of review: May 4, 2005