I have never seen so many people drop out of a race, the conditions were horrendous. Well done marshalls for braving the elements and making sure everyone stayed safe. I have never quit a race before but at mile 11 (when I couldnt feel my toes or hands) I just simply couldnt take any more. I am a seasoned cross country marathon runner so I am used to this sort of terrain, but when I started to shake I had to call it quits !! Well done to everyone that finished they truly deserved their medals, this was my favourite race last year, this years memories not so good. My only complaint/suggestion would be that due to the conditions getting prgressively worse, and the number of people not able to finish (or indeed finishing but in a very bad way) maybe a shorter route should/could have been organised about half way for those people willing to take it, that way people could carry on to finish the 21 miles, or maybe opt for a 15 mile version and still get a medal. I will no doubt enter again next year but this year I remain still cold and medal-less ha ha
Lovely views at the top and was thoroughly enjoyable running up the hills to see them. Great friendly marshals with excellent feed stations. This was my 12th marathon this year and although the others have been X country I still smashed my PB by 15 minutes and came home in 3hrs 41mins .. I know its not essential but always like to get a t shirt (not saying they should be free) especially with a good course, its free advertising ) .. back to the hotel for a swim, jacuzzi, steam room and hot showers, perfect end to a pretty perfect marathon - Many Thanks
This was my first marathon last year, I have since completed a marathon a month and will end up doing this one again on the 23rd. This is flat course but open to the elements with some trail running and a couple of beaches thrown in for good measure. There is a lot of support along the promenade at the begining and then when you reach Hayling Island and at the end of the Billy Line. Being so close to Christmas I am sure there will be festive cheer everywhere. Its a going to be chilly, but leggings and long sleeve Under Armour or the like should suffice. I often run this route as part of my training and never get bored. Keep an eye out for the tape markers and you shouldnt go far wrong. Was voted in runners worlds top ten, definately concur.