In short: Inadequate drinks provision In full: This race was severley let down by inadequate water and energy drink provision for the marathon runners. I felt sorry for first time marathoners who were dropping like flies on the grenway the second time round, several with cramp, who may well not have realised what they were required to provide for themselves in terms of gels/water/isotonics, etc.
The number of water stations was fine (apart from their sparsity on the greenway) the problem was the plastic cups - you can only get 2 or 3 gulps out of the cup at most, unless you stop running. With a water bottle you can hold on to it and take sips as you need it.
One energy drink stop was also not adequate. On other races volunteers have handed out jelly babies, chocolotaes, etc. along the way. This didn't happen here.
In summary I would have been prepared to pay extra for bottled water and more energy drink/food rather than have to carry my own. I would also give a strong health warning, to first time marathon runners in particular, about the need to bring along their own water/fuel.
Apart from these criticisms I enjoyed the event. Date of review: April 27, 2010
In short: Flat, friendly, fenland run In full: The vast majority of the race is on quiet fenland roads with pleasant views compensating for lack of atmosphere. Exposed to wind. Good support when passing through the village. Excellent, stress-free organisation. Medal but no goody bag which is reflected in the reasonable entry fee. All round very good! Date of review: September 14, 2009