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Green Chain Marathon

Sunday, 16th September 2012 9:00am

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Overall rating
3.9

User ratings breakdown (30 ratings)

  • Scenery
    1. 3.6
  • PB Potential
    1. 2.2
  • Atmosphere
    1. 3.4
  • Organisation
    1. 3.6
  • Value
    1. 4.3
  • Beginner friendliness
    1. 2.6
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2012 Green Chain Marathon
5
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    1. 5
  • PB Potential
    1. 2
  • Atmosphere
    1. 2
  • Organisation
    1. 4
  • Value
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  • Beginner friendliness
    1. 3

A very long run through beautiful woods and along the Thames riverside. Much better than the big and overcrowded city runs. But difficult as well-very hilly.

Reviewed by Egeli Poldpuu

at 1:10 on Fri, 21 September 2012

2012 Green Chain Marathon
5
  • Scenery
    1. 4
  • PB Potential
    1. 2
  • Atmosphere
    1. 4
  • Organisation
    1. 4
  • Value
    1. 5
  • Beginner friendliness
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Hard course, lovely marshals, great fun This was a totally different sort of race for me - 27 (and a bit!) miles, no closed roads, lots of trails and paths, lots of hills, steps, rises and finding your way through the woods, a small field of less than a hundred and absolutely no hope of a PB. It was brilliant, and I loved it.

The course was very well marked, and you get a detailed written guide but there are a couple of confusing points as I find it hard to think at my best while running. I'd created a course for my Garmin so I could follow a breadcrumb trail, which made it a lot easier, and I'd advise that for any other newbies.

The marshalling was superb, really friendly and helpful and lots of drinks, jelly babies and encouragement every 5 miles or so.

The course is hard, no lie. I found there were some steepish hills/steps where it felt quicker to walk than run, and couple of sharp downhills where i was checking my pace. and it's 27 miles. But you get rewarded by some lovely varied views around London, from thamesside to Shooter's hill and Oxleas Wood. Even running through Thamesmead was pretty interesting. Course lives up to it's name for greenery too - lots of horses, woods, meadows, parks.

Finally, it's an absolute bargain. For £15 you get a decently marked course, good medal a memnto ( a mug this year) lots of encourgement, water, squash, snacks) a start with showers and a bar, and lovely people cheering you on.

Already planning to come back!

Reviewed by ohsoslow..

at 12:35 on Mon, 17 September 2012

2011 Green Chain Marathon
5
  • Scenery
    1. 4
  • PB Potential
    1. 2
  • Atmosphere
    1. 3
  • Organisation
    1. 3
  • Value
    1. 5
  • Beginner friendliness
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Not as frightening as I had heard , good fun More like a long training run than a race , fortunately I new most of the route , and only got lost once , it is a really scenic adventure type of race , I took a chance and ran without a map or instructions and relied on others in the parts I was not sure of .I will spread the word to friends for next year .

Reviewed by paul goss 2

at 10:36 on Tue, 20 September 2011

2011 Green Chain Marathon
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Beautiful, unusual, varied course - ancient woodland to suburban roads. Really friendly, with experienced and intrepid runners. Nice stops with squash and jelly babies. Well signposted though navigation keeps you on your toes. Very enjoyable

Reviewed by Charlotte Smith 16

at 10:24 on Tue, 20 September 2011

2011 Green Chain Marathon
4
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    1. 4
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    1. 2
  • Atmosphere
    1. 5
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Great comradery. Tough but scenic. Expect to get lost This little marathon has the potential to be great. I have not come across comradery like this for a long time, it was so refreshing. It made the day for me which I will remember for a long time to come. Be in no doubt it is a tough 27 mile course so do not expect a PB. But. And here come the but....you may have to run 30 miles or even more. You may well get lost. With only 100 or so so runners with times from 3hr 30m to 7 hours you may find yourself alone with no person in sight either in front or behind front or back. The sign posting for me was very disapointing (I got lost 3 times). Talking to other competitors I got away quite lightly!? Reading through the comments from last year I was expecting far more orange arrows giving direction - I read that there would be an orange arrow every 50 feet. This didn't happen and many people in this race were frustrated by this. In some weird way this is an orienteering exercise, they give you a map and off you go. Good Luck and Goodbye... see you at the finish. I might be wrong but runners do not want this kinda stuff they want to start and know where they are going to every step of the way.... when to turn right or left or straight ahead. I think with a little more thought and in my opinion orange arrows every 25 feet (cos I am lazy) Everybody would get around the course easily and safely without the need to constantly refer to the map. Their times would be better and their enjoyment enhanced. IT is a new Marathon and is evolving year on year. For the Organisers take note of our suggestions and you will have the Best little Marathon South of the River Thames. Good Luck

Reviewed by Paul Terry 3

at 9:27 on Mon, 19 September 2011

2011 Green Chain Marathon
2
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    1. 2

Direction were terrible, we never made it to the start line, having come all the way from Bourenmouth

Reviewed by Louise Harper 5

at 10:54 on Mon, 19 September 2011

2011 Green Chain Marathon
3
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Ultra clubby, indecisive: organised race or DIY style? Hang on to the GC vets! Considering some info is sent in advance the rather long coded instructions are given out on the day. I FAIL to see the harm of sending them in advance, it would still be challenging on the day. We were in a group with 2 vets of the race and we still got lost!! Whilst some spray paint was welcome, there was a lack of it in some of the woods, especially at junctions in those woods. I am ever thankful to to the lovely 2 NEJ who herded us and 2 others into a pack of six to run together form mile 11. They were invaluable and we would have been in trouble without them. I only spotted two of us running for charity and the bulk of the race is entered by clubs. That said, I didn't feel unwelcome. It was a tough choice for my marathon so the ''undulations'' and multi terrain broke me in roughly. My hub, a vet of 100+ marathons, says the course is verging on orienteering and if it is aimed at any group then that is that or an elevated club race. We were lucky we knew the area and had two vets. He says the terrain has steep gradients and would challenging to anyone. The scenery was great - woods to bleak Erith thames path (with unpleasant smells). Checkpoints were fab with water, squash, biscuits and mars bars. Less confident runners take a taxi number and £10! Am I critical? No. Suits compass and map readers and GPS: course isn't marked out and no mile markers. If you are a beginner, like me, take support or latch into a group with New Eltham Joggers. Strenuous but pretty tour of the the gorgeous, for it is, south east london. I've got VLM next year and am now confident for that as a result and it's a real achievement doing this. My hub will do it next year for a competitive challenge.

Reviewed by Keri Ashworth-Beaumont

at 8:45 on Mon, 19 September 2011

2011 Green Chain Marathon
3
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    1. 3
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    1. 2
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    1. 4
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industrial and woodland loveliness In short, an LDWA-style event. very friendly. Got lost and did 31 miles but that was my fault. should have brought my reading glasses. will be back next year!

Reviewed by ultraBobban

at 6:36 on Sun, 18 September 2011

2010 Green Chain Marathon
4
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    1. 4
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    1. 2
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    1. 4
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    1. 4
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    1. 4
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excellent course, great companionship from other runners, mileage markers a bit suspect

Reviewed by Mike Briggs 2

at 11:02 on Mon, 20 September 2010

2010 Green Chain Marathon
4
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    1. 4
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    1. 3
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Small, friendly, unexpectedly scenic 27ish miler round parts of the South East I never knew existed. A cross between a standard race and an LDWA-style event, most of the route was actually pretty well marked and (sparingly) marshalled but the fact that you were given exact route instructions indicated that some degree of self-reliance (or following others) was required. Route was better and hillier in some parts than I expected, even the rather bleak Thames path was interesting in its own way. Best changing rooms I've been in for a while!I'll be back.

Reviewed by helly d

at 6:12 on Mon, 20 September 2010

2010 Green Chain Marathon
5
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    1. 4
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    1. 3
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    1. 4
  • Organisation
    1. 5
  • Value
    1. 5
  • Beginner friendliness
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Reviewed by Gijima1

at 4:36 on Mon, 20 September 2010

2010 Green Chain Marathon
3
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Tough route to follow, but I never enetered expecting it to be easy. A pleasant way to spend a sunday morning! I took a wrong turn in Lesnes Abbey Woods and aded a good mile or so (hilly). My fault - sorry to the 5-6 runners that followed me.

Otherwise a well organised run and I found the markings and directions reasonably easy to follow.

Reviewed by Kent plodder

at 3:25 on Mon, 20 September 2010