In short: SUPERB DAY, VERY WELCOMING In full: I did the half marathon distance with my son. We had a brilliant day the organisation was great, I found the marshalling really good and the encouragement along the route excellent. Great introductory to trail running for anyone that wants to see what its like. A very good mixture of terrain to cover, the hills good not too difficult and then going into Salisbury excellent. My favourite city outside London. The route markers were good, I did not get lost which is a bonus when you are tired the distance markers did not bother us as we had an idea of what pace we were going at ( we did not have a GPS). We were in the shade a lot of the time which helped, but also the cloud cover was good and the extra water I brought along we did not need as the water stations were excellent. It was not as hot as I had prepared for so we had a bonus. A big thank you to everyone that was involved in organising this great event. A lot of work goes into organising such an event and its great to be able to take part. Thanks to everyone that encouraged us around the course we had a great day. Looking forward to coming back.
In short: Hard, great course In full: Great route very challenging. Marshalls were superb. Very hot wiped me out 2 big hills on the way back. Very good value for money. Thanks Gary great event, yes I will do it again next year!!! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: SUPERB !!! In full: Excellent marshals. Great day, great location forgot I was in London. Great park to run in. The weather was perfect, not too hot nice breeze when you needed it. Nice t shirt. Date of review: May 18, 2015
In short: Great location can't wait to do this one in better weather. In full: The location and route of this marathon is along a quieter part of the towpath. The start and finish point is an old English pub which looked after us very well on the day. In fact it was so comfortable that I did not want to go outside into the pouring rain. We had the towpath to ourselves, even the ducks had thrown in the towel and scampered off looking for cover. The route is very good 4 times backwards and forwards along the towpath. Always bumping into fellow runners encouraging each other. Water points are at spot on locations. During better weather there are more people along this stretch, there are also many rowing races, so can get a bit busier but not like Kingston, Richmond and Putney. I would like to do this one in spring, it should be quiet fast with a finish at the pub, excellent organisation and great marshals. Any chance Rik ? Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Great event .. In full: Great location very mixed terrain. Up to Leith hill tower you have relatively straightish track on okayish ground. After the tower it turns into a twisting turning up down and all over the place broken up trail, really tested my knees. You have to be alert all the time can't switch off. On a number of occasions I uttered the magic," words never again.." Great support from marshals and other runners gets you round this course. Needless to say I will be back next year.
In short: FANTASTIC MARSHALLS AND ORGANIZATION. THANK YOU!! In full: Lovely friendly run. I will be doing this run again next year. The hills were okay, running on the sand and soft track was great my dodgy old knees feel fine today. Also my first marathon without a blister or discoloured toenail. Great day see you next year. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Chocolate mint browniesall the way round best fuel !!!!! In full: Great day nice steady run no hills(yippee) good weather lots of shade. I have put my name down for the winter version of this already even though I was convinced that I was not doing it as I have another one the week before. The loop at the end hopefully will be moved to the beginning this will give the run a much better finish. Where I went wrong was that I did not eat enough of the chocolate mint brownies, on November 1st will endeavour to improve my intake. Date of review: August 29, 2014
In short: Enjoyable but hard.. I will do this one again next year. In full: Thank you very much to the marshals and supporters on making this a great day. I can see this marathon growing in popularity over the next few years. Its a low key hard run / stagger up the hills. Great route, although you have to keep your wits about you(as some tape had been pulled down) all the time its easy to veer off course, but as long as you follow the vanguard way posts it was okay . Maybe more paint next year. I will be doing this one next year. Date of review: August 5, 2014
In short: LOVED IT GREAT DAY !!!!! looking forward to the next one already ....... In full: Thank you to all the marshals who made this a superb day, without them I would not have got round the course. A special thanks to the lady that helped me up when I tripped on a tree root and then gave me some melon this was much appreciated. Thank you to the family at the bottom of the hill by the stepping stones every time I saw them they gave me a huge boost before tackling the steps again. I did the midsummer munro 2 years ago I looked at my medal and then I looked at the picnic medal, I wanted a marathon medal. Although doing the half marathon is a major achievement I had set myself a goal to do the picnic. To anyone contemplating doing the picnic in 2 years time, do it!! The second half believe it or not I found was less painful than the first. You get into a sort of mish mash of a rhythm, it gets cooler with cloud cover, the hill is not so crowded and you know you have conquered it. On this, the longest day of the year, we were a real band of brothers and sisters trudging up and down Boxhill helping each other along the way. Well done Dr Rob. Great day see you at the Greensands marathon. Will I be doing the picnic again? Yes already looking forward to it.. As long as my little legs can hold out and I am around at the time I will be putting in my calendar as a regular event.
In short: Great see you next year !! In full: Great day very hot. Very well organised the marshals were superb. No matter where you were on the course someone was cheering you on. My wife loves the tee shirt. Great value for money and a great location. Thank you very much see you next year.