In short: Great first attempt, weather made life v hard but course was reasonable for all comers In full: Same slick planning as Reading half (same people) but with better parking!! Probably under estimated popularity as the start zones were very busy. Warm routine was a good effort but we were unable to move. 10 degrees cooler and this would be a very quick race. Enjoyed it Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: Great first effort at a marathon event and running weekend In full: My first marathon and one of the few that you can do without raising pots of charity money. Weather unseasonally warm but not to be helped.
Looping of the route was useful to see supporters, I saw own family 3 times (first time at a race) but discouraging when you get near the finish area but with another 8 miles to go. Really nasty hill at 18 miles that def reduce better finish time.
Given that they made it clear that anyone running below a certain time would be asked to stop, I thought they could have done a better job of keeping people off the route especially in the later half.
The finish area was very congested and finishers and family moving in all directions but hard I suppose being in the middle of Bournemouth.
Race results page v disappointing.
Overall a decent race whether a first-timer or more experienced Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Massive race, good for a beginner In full: Weather was a major feature, freezing cold rain with a touch of wet snow could not have made it worse conditions. This did affect supporter numbers, can't blame them. Nice finishing in the stadium and did give a boost. Would do again next year and any improvement on the weather should bring your time down. Date of review: May 1, 2013
In short: Not for a beginner unless they can cope with hills a-plenty! In full: Really nice change of pace from Reading half with less people, much friendlier. Route was well organised and v well supported especially at the nasty hills between 7-10miles. Finish was nice setting and again very well supported. Hills a real feature! Date of review: May 1, 2013
In short: Perfect for beginners, mostly flat with the occasional slope. Great atmosphere at the start and finish, really well supported and a great MC congratulating finishers. A definite for next year. Date of review: September 21, 2011
In short: Always the week after Thame 10K and is always cooler which is a big help. Enough up and downs on the route to let you know you have done it but without being gruelling. Enjoyable race. Date of review: July 3, 2011
In short: Course is pretty flat and easy going for beginners. However it doesn't matter what the weather in the build up, this race is always scorching hot. Temps were 25-28 today. PB put on the back burner! Date of review: June 26, 2011