In short: Scenic race but not traffic free and not enough water stations In full: If you want a race just for the scenery then this is the race for you. I did enjoy running round Coniston Waters and the scenery was amazing.
What let it down for me was the last few hundred meters towards the finish line. I had to dodge cars coming in both directions, people with push chairs crossing the road and marshals were not doing enough to control the traffic.
I do appreciate that marshals give up their time and I would like to thank all of them for helping (I have marshalled and manned water stations in the past myself), but it could be better organised at the finish and the road should be closed off to all traffic. And maybe barriers or even a length of rope to stop people crossing in front of finishing runners would help.
Also, the first water station was not until mile 6, by that time you will be dehydrated and the damage will be done.
Also, when you finish, you are handed a coaster and that is it. Supposedly you were given a mars bar (which I didn't get) but chocolate is not the best thing to eat after a race. A banana and an energy drink would be better!
I have run the race, enjoyed the lake district, but will be doing a different race this time next year. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Good, challenging race with support from villages on route but... In full: ...running amongst traffic can be a bit dangerous at the best of times. There were times where you had to try and avoid cars, buses and tractors (I suppose it is farmlands up there) because the roads where not coned off. Need more marshals/police at the major junctions, especially the roundabouts over the A55, to control the traffic.
Also, it was very congested with traffic in the final mile through Trearddur Bay, with cars parked outside the shops forcing runners into the middle of the road and towards oncoming traffic.
The final 300m run towards the hotel was a bit confusing, with only a little bit of road to run up because, again, they didn't close the road off to traffic. Runners should be allowed to use the entire road, not a little bit at the side.
Get rid of the level crossing, this is not good idea. There are a couple of alternative routes that avoid the level crossing. No one wants to stop running at 23 miles to wait for a train.
But it was a good race and, apart from the trafic, was well organised, with plenty of water/energry/spinge stations on route. The food after the race was very good and all runners got a decent goody bag which included a gold-plated medal, t-shirt and Torque energy bar.
And, as always, a big thank you to everyone who helped out marshelling and manning the water stations. Date of review: October 12, 2004
In short: Fantastic race, great atmosphere and top marshalling In full: Really impressed with the race this year. Started spot on time, although it had larger crowd than last year I didn't have to much problem at the start with bumping into people, actually beat my PB by 12 seconds. Plenty of water, energy stations and support on route. Praise must also go to the marshals and army cadets manning the water stations and helping out at the end of the race. Also at the end, received a good quality medal, water, lucozade, goody bag, banana and support from everyone helping out. Date of review: September 12, 2004
In short: Good race, needs more martials and watering stations. In full: I enjoyed the race as it was a flat, fast course and the finish inside the Millenium Satadium was fun. But, as it was a very hot day, they promised 2 watering stations (at about 2.5k and 5k) but there was only 1 at about the 6k mark. Didn't close off the roads in time at the start, had to run around cars and almost got run over by a bus. Also, they were too slow giving out water at the end of the race. The race needs more marshals. Fix these problems and it will be a very good race! Date of review: September 5, 2004