In short: Tough In full: I really like this race, but if only I was quicker! Its a challenge to meet the cut off so the rest of it is always a slog. But even in bad weather (not in 2014 for a change!) its still a very good run. Date of review: October 28, 2014
In short: Hilly and Friendly In full: The whole village was involved in this event, which makes it unique enough never mind all the other wonderful things that got thrown at it - farmer's wife firing a shotgun at the start, camping, food, drink, lovely crowd etc etc. Well worth a trip to the middle of nowhere. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Even with really rubbish weather oddly enjoyable In full: The weather was really rubbish but this race was still enjoyable. Put on by runners who know what other runners like/ want. Challenging route, decent medal and tech t-shirt, well stocked feed stations and friendly marshalls. Will do again. Date of review: May 13, 2014
In short: Who'd have thought laps could be so much fun?! In full: This was a marathon done off the back of not enough training due to a persistent niggle. But I thought the laps (all 8 of them) would make dropping out easy if nec; thankfully it wasn't nec. I was made to feel welcome by the hardcore 5 day runners (only did the one day) and the organisors, who put a huge amount of time and effort in.
The massage service before and after the race was of a very high standard (not always the case at races) and even though the laps thing was good for dropping out, I had been dreading them overall - but I actually really enjoyed the event! A happy surprise for me.
Two sets of steps though, and generally hard/ uneven stuff underfoot, doesn't mnake for an "easy" marathon. Date of review: November 29, 2013
In short: Hilly, wet, friendly In full: Fortunately I love standing in the rain singing Jerusalem before running up and down stupid wet hills for over five hours. I don't have a cold by Wednesday I'll feel cheated!
But this was a great race, friendly competitors, and courageous marshalls who had to stand out for hours in that stuff, and were still cheerful about it.