Readers’ Races of the Year 2003


Ireland's Connemara Marathon, second in the '3+ votes' category

Many thanks to the thousands of you who in just four weeks have helped create the UK's biggest collection of race appraisals.

It's really clear that 'weekend-away' races are runaway successes in most runners' eyes. Ballycotton, Connemara, Welsh Castles, Loch Ness and Coniston sweep into some of the top spots. But all types of races - over 900 in total - got represented.

We know that no rating system can be completely relied on, and you should be ready to make your own judgements about some comments and scores. Still, the overwhelming size of your response points strongly to the need for us to build a permanent rating system into our events calendar. Watch this space... For now, though, you can start to rate 2004 races right here.

The Races of the Year Charts

There are two charts -

The Comments

You can also see over 2500 individual comments on races, including:

  • The good ("One of the best marathons I've run, very friendly too. Smashing organisation. Plus free finishing photo!" - Abingdon Marathon)
  • The unique ("Running out to sea at low tide as the sun sets - spectacular!" - Black Rock 5)
  • The tough ("If you can get through this, you can do almost anything. Weather is atrocious almost every time and the showers are freezing..." - Benfleet 15)
  • And the, um, could-be-more-inspiring ("A guided tour of a bland town. Nothing is left out." - poor old Bracknell Half-Marathon)

We've organised them alphabetically by race name -

(Editor's note: If you look hard through the race comments, you may find, er, the odd spelling mistake. The huge volume meant that we've only been able to give them a quick scan-through.)