In short: If it had a script, it would have been written by Lewis Carroll! In full: Full of colourful costumes, and even more colourful characters. A great feeling of warmth, enjoyment and adventure. A sense of being part of something unusual and special, but without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated. The best organisation I've ever seen at an event, with no possibility of any runners becoming lost down rabbit holes! It was truly a pleasure to be part of it all. I'll be back again next year for TheBigRedHeart's 15th "Adventure In Geordieland" :o) Date of review: September 19, 2011
In short: A quick, picturesque seaside route - made even better by exceptional organisation! In full: This was my first time running this event. I chose a relatively easy, yet amusing costume, which added to the atmosphere around the route.
The operation of four free park and ride sites worked seamlessly (well done to Arriva buses). The start was extremely well organised. The marshaling and water station volunteers were excellent and very supportive. The finish area again was excellently laid out with the large grassed area adjacent to the finish a very welcome place to relax and reunite with relatives. The course was approximately 50% on the coast/promenade which was beautifully picturesque and 50% inland - which didn't detract too much from the course as a whole being that it returned back to the very welcoming seafront for the final 2 miles.
To conclude: a relatively flat, if slightly undulating, course with PB potential. Beautiful coastal scenery, outstanding organisation and good spectator support. Oh, and the medal and t-shirt were excellent too - making the event fee one of the best £20's I've spent.
Very well done indeed Tees Valley Leisure, I shall be returning in 2012 to help you celebrate this events 30th anniversary! Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: Akin to 'The Lord Of The Rings', sometimes cheery and exhilarating, then suddenly desolate! In full: This was my first Edinburgh Marathon. As Popeye. Grueling. Storm-force winds and almost no support (apart from fellow runners) for the last 11 miles. Followed by an excessively long walk to the reunion area. I finished near the back so I can vouch for there being no problems with water / Lucozade as runners have commented in the past. However the organisation was lacking again - they ran out of t-shirts! A lady from GSI told me they'd collect my details so they could post one out - they did not! As a seasoned fancy dress charity fundraising runner I do not run for times - I run to have fun with runners and spectators alike and to enjoy the whole experience whilst raising sponsorship and awareness for The British Heart Foundation - sadly this event is lacking in this area. After 27 miles, and with no t-shirt in hand, and no after-support my lasting memory of this event is that of demoralisation. Date of review: May 27, 2011