In short: Great organisation, friendly and encouraging marshals, awesome off road route In full: My second stab at this event, in very different weather conditions, but just as enjoyable as the first. A beautiful route with a good mix of terrain (very little tarmac thank goodness). Very well organised, great encouragement from marshals and guy manning the PA system! Great atmosphere. No navigation required, just run. Perfect! Date of review: July 3, 2012
In short: Magnificent route, well marshalled, friendly atmosphere. In full: After having completed a couple of the Lakeland Trails events, I opted for their marathon (race) as my first at the distance. I was not disappointed! More of the same great terrain seen in other events, much more of it! Great climbs, and some "technical" descents - a mix between cross country and fell racing. Perfect.
The atmosphere at the start was relaxed and friendly, and the route was perfectly marked and marshalled (great encouragement from the marshals by the way).
Feed stations were stocked with Kendal Mint Cake and 3 different types of drinks; energy, isotonic, and plain old water. Given that the race details sheet indicated precisely what to expect regarding your own provisions (i.e. you should take some), the feed stations were perfectly adequate.
I felt that for some runners the race details sheet may have been a little conservative in its description of the underfoot conditions, which for those not used to fell running and/or Lakeland Trails' other events may have come as a surprise. Having said that, the map was available for quite some time before the race itself, and this is the Lake District!
Very much hope to do this one again next year. Book early and get the early bird discount. Date of review: July 9, 2011