In short: Nice! In full: Great race, enjoyable and not to hill. There's a definate PB potential here although not this year I was finding my way back from a ankle injury but it gives me a reason to be back next year. Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Ouch In full: I was a bit worried about this event, I knew it was the first time it had been organised and information was a bit slow in coming out. So slow in intact that I didn't know the route until race day, this was a shame as it put my wife off coming to spectate with my daughter and it would have been a good race for them to see me a few times on the course.
Having said the above on the day the event was really well organised, with regular water stations, mile markers and marshalls at every road junction directing the runners. The marshals were all friendly and offered plenty of support, especially the guy at the last junction about a mile from the end, I really needed to know that was the last hill!!
The goody bag was great with lots of stuff in it, all in a sainsbury bag ;-) the medal was unfortunately a bit naff, a cheap one from runners imp, please charge a couple of quid more next year and give out a better medal. I can't quite believe I am sugesting this as a true Yorkshire man but a red rose would be a nice medal and would tie in with the brewery start.
This was one of the toughest marathons I have ever done and it certainly gives the Great Langdale Marathon a run for its money as the toughest UK road race.
In short: What goes up must come down In full: Yep, there are lots of hills on the windermere marathon but there are lots of down hill sections as well! The event is really well organised with a nice fun day for supporter at the finish. Thanks to everyone involved!! You get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that the sponsors pay for the event to run and your entry fee goes to the charity. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Good first marathon but had a few minor teathing problems In full: I did this marathon with my Dad and he proudly ran the race wearing his tee-shirt from the last hull marathon in 1992, 20 years ago. We set off at 04:30 to get to the event in time, although this was really early especially on a bank holiday weekend, on the whole it was well worth it! We both really enjoyed the race and the problems were only minor. I hope this race happens again and look forward running it in the future again. The race route was very scenic, especially going over the Humber Bridge. It was a little bit too windy for me and in places confusion rained as no one including the marshals seemed to know which way to go. The races Marshalls were really helpful and friendly and there were lots of water stations giving bottles and cup of water as well as free energy gels. Unfortunately there was some cheating from runners on the stretch were you had to double back on your self, this should have been better staffed by marshals but in the end they are only cheating themselves. There was only 1 mile marker on the whole route at 13 miles, this wasn’t a problem if you ran with a GPS but if you didn’t you had no idea of were you were in the race