In short: Fantastic course. Scenic and PB potential too. Minor organisational hitches but not enough to spoil the day. I'll be back. In full: My favourite course so far. Plenty of room at the start to get past slower starters. Fast and very scenic course. Water stations every 3 miles. Chip timing. Even glorious weather following a wild, wet and windy week.
The atmosphere was really great. Marshalls were friendly and enthusiastic and all runners I met really enjoyed the day.
Minor organisational problems - insufficient toilets at start/finish (reported as a problem by some runners last year as well), problems with organisation at the first water station left some runners standing in a queue to get water and the table for water at the finish was unattended which meant that when I arrived it was empty (it was restocked later) Goodie bag was sparse -advertising material , a mars bar and a t-shirt (they had run out of my size).
As I said a fabulous course and some minor organisational tweaks would make it an absolutely fantastic event. Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Great organisation & medal. Flat, fast but very cramped in places In full: Extremely well organised. Great medal. Course is flat and potentially fast but unless you are at the front (which I wasn't) it can be very cramped. Over 1300 runners and in places only wide enough for 3, particularly early in the race. Passing is difficult for the first 2-3 km until runners begin to gradually spread out. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: Challenging but worthwhile In full: Hilly in places, 1 small lap (1+ mile) and 2 larger laps (near 6 mile). Well organised, excellent atmosphere amongst the runners. Some marshalls excellent - very vocal and supportive, others a bit quieter. I started too fast, not realising the number of hills and struggled mid-race but still managed a couple of minutes off my PB Date of review: February 27, 2012