In short: No frills, well organised, fast and flat In full: You don't run round an airfield for scenery but the fast and flat course lived up to expectations. The race was well organised and well marshalled. Not somewhere to come for big crowds and fine scenery, but an excellent PB course. Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Flat/downhill marathon with PB potential. In full: This was my first sub-3 marathon and I had a great time. I didn't find the heat as bad as some others, the overcast first 40 minutes were crucial. The longer you were out there the worse it would have been. The water stations were regular and the small plastic bottles were excellent.
The course is pleasant enough, I found the run along the sea road scenic and flat. Most of the race is not supporter-heavy but I didn't find that a problem. The start was well organised and it made sense splitting it into two sections.
I didn't have any problems with the reunion area, although the walk to the buses back was just a bit long - we might as well have walked back to Edinburgh! Was also amazed given the heat to discover no-one selling ice-cream amid the burger vans etc - surely an opportunity missed?
In short: great race, well organised In full: Amazing everything goes so smoothly with so many runners. The pens work well and had no trouble with slower runners starting near the front. Much bigger crowds than last year, great finish, good support from the bands. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: fast and flat In full: Great course - fast and flat, and reasonably scenic as well for most of it.
Thought the start was a bit of a fiasco, there were a lot of slow runners starting too far forward: why do people who are going to run > 100 minutes start at sub-75/sub-80 markers? In retrospect I think the markers were too far separated - they essentially assumed that sub-70/70-75/75-80/80-85 all have equal numbers of runners.
In short: Well-organised, excellent marshals In full: No frills but good well-organised race - shame about the wind though! Marshals all very supportive and well located. Would be good if the post-race bananas were at the finish rather than needing to go to the sports hall. Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Fast and flat through suburbia In full: Was on train from London which was didn't get in until 10.53 so a bit of a rush to get to the start. Organisation all seemed smooth, the course is not at all scenic but you weren't expeting it were you? Flat and fast course with a fair bit of course, with a decent amount of support. No need to be told 'halfway there' at 5 miles though! Date of review: October 16, 2009