In full: The race itself was good, a decent route with definite pb potential. Thee support along the way was fantastic, especially when you consider the weather. Water/gel stations were plentiful and well stocked and the marshalls and volunteers were friendly and supportive.
However, as has been said the baggage pick-up was a disaster. This was made far worse by the terrible conditions, but even in good weather it would have been unacceptable. For me you can't show such disrespect for people and their property and this would put me off doing this expensive event again, even though it is close to home. Date of review: April 30, 2012
In full: A well organised race with great marshalls, must have been terrible for them standing about in the cold, yet they were all positive and encouraging throughout. A good atmosphere and an enjoyable day. Date of review: December 12, 2010
In full: I thought the organisation was good, used the shuttle bus from the city centre, which avoided hassle and got a bus straight back at the end. The route was good, well signed and marshalled. It is nice to do a different distance but it was a fairly expensive race and whilst I would do the race again I probably wouldn't go out of my way to fit it into my running plans. Date of review: October 15, 2010
In full: A very well organised race with plenty of easy parking at the race site, plenty of toilets at the start and well stocked, frequent drinks stations on the course. The marshals were great and there was plenty of support at various points along the route. The first half of the race had a few hills, but there were also some downhills and the second half of the race was pretty much flat, making fast times possible. Date of review: September 13, 2010
In full: The wind was against us on the day but this is a very flat course and if conditions were better there would definitely be a good chance of a pb. I enjoyed the race, parking was easy, small toilet queues, a bit of banter at the start and fantastic marshals who must have haed a very tough day. I think another water station between 6.5 and 13 may have helped but I personally didn't find this a big issue. I didn't have any issues with the finish, although there was no big finish there was a sign and it was marked, which is for me all you need, and I thought the man with the mic was very supportive of the finishers. I didn't get a T-shirt but wasn't aware I was meant to and I don't feel it is a big loss, and I have received far worse medals, but again, for me they are all just a nice memento so it doesn't bother me how grand they are. I think for the entry fee it was a good value for money race. I think this was a well organised small marathon that is local (ish) to me so I would do it again, but maybe if you are new to marathon running or prefer to run with crowds and additional extras then this might not be the race for you. Date of review: September 3, 2010